‘Tired’ Jon Rahm makes slow start after Masters glory

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Viktor Hovland takes opening round lead at RBC Heritage.
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April 14, 2023
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Jon Rahm’s first round as Masters champion failed to repeat his Augusta heroics as he carded a one over par 72 in the first round of the RBC Heritage.

The world number one struggled for consistency as he hit just seven fairways on a weather-hit day at Hilton Head, finishing eight strokes off the lead of Viktor Hovland.

“I hate to make excuses, but a couple of the swings towards the end were my body being tired and surprised me,” Rahm said following his opening round.

“I’m hoping tonight is where I start turning things back around and start feeling a bit better.”

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Viktor Hovland, left, of Norway, shakes hands with his caddie after his first round (Stephen B Morton/AP)

Hovland, who shared the lead with Rahm and Brooks Koepka after the first round at Augusta en route to a tied-seventh finish, shot an opening 64 despite laying up into the water at the 15th.

Remarkably, playing partner Justin Thomas managed the same feat.

“That was really bad,” the Norwegian admitted. “I just picked the wrong shot.”

Despite that error and missing birdie putts from inside 15 feet on three of his first four holes, he hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation to open a one-shot clubhouse lead over American Brian Harman.

England’s Aaron Rai and former US PGA champion Jimmy Walker were also a shot off the lead on six under, but were among six players yet to finish when darkness ended play on a day which included a 90-minute weather delay.

English pair Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick were among a group a shot further back after opening 66s.

Tyrrell Hatton opened with a three under par 68, one better than Tommy Fleetwood with Ireland’s Shane Lowry, European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald and fellow Englishman Danny Willett going around in 70.

Play was suspended due to inclement weather at 2:52 p.m. ET and resumed at 4:16 p.m. (a delay of 1 hour, 24 minutes). It was suspended due to darkness at 7:50 p.m. with six players left to complete the round. The first round will resume Friday at 8 a.m. and the second round will begin as scheduled at 7 a.m.

Pos.PlayerTo ParThruR1
1Viktor Hovland-7F64
T2Brian Harman-6F65
T2Jimmy Walker-616-
T2Aaron Rai-615-
T5Joel Dahmen-5F66
T5Scott Stallings-5F66
T5Matt Fitzpatrick-5F66
T5Zach Johnson-5F66
T5Sungjae Im-5F66
T5Justin Rose-5F66
T11Xander Schauffele-4F67
T11Rickie Fowler-4F67
T11Andrew Putnam-4F67
T11Wyndham Clark-4F67
T15Emiliano Grillo-3F68
T15Tyrrell Hatton-3F68
T15Matt Kuchar-3F68
T15Ernie Els-3F68
T15Patrick Rodgers-3F68
T15Mark Hubbard-3F68
T15Adam Long-3F68
T15Taylor Moore-3F68
T15Scottie Scheffler-3F68
T15Jordan Spieth-3F68
T15Stewart Cink-3F68
T15Kramer Hickok-3F68
T15Doug Ghim-3F68
T28Austin Smotherman-2F69
T28Jim Herman-2F69
T28Erik van Rooyen-2F69
T28Sam Burns-2F69
T28Justin Thomas-2F69
T28Chris Kirk-2F69
T28Ryan Brehm-2F69
T28Beau Hossler-2F69
T28Hayden Buckley-2F69
T28Nate Lashley-2F69
T28Tommy Fleetwood-2F69
T28Billy Horschel-2F69
T28Lucas Glover-2F69
T28Patrick Cantlay-2F69
T28Robert Streb-2F69
T28Adam Scott-2F69
T28Gary Woodland-2F69
T28Scott Piercy-2F69
T28Carson Young-215-
T47David Lipsky-1F70
T47Max McGreevy-1F70
T47Justin Lower-1F70
T47Ben Griffin-1F70
T47Satoshi Kodaira-1F70
T47Lee Hodges-1F70
T47Si Woo Kim-1F70
T47Trey Mullinax-1F70
T47Shane Lowry-1F70
T47Sahith Theegala-1F70
T47Cam Davis-1F70
T47Nick Taylor-1F70
T47Kurt Kitayama-1F70
T47Ryan Palmer-1F70
T47Kevin Streelman-1F70
T47James Hahn-1F70
T47Nick Hardy-1F70
T47Harris English-1F70
T47Mackenzie Hughes-1F70
T47Luke Donald-1F70
T47Corey Conners-1F70
T47Webb Simpson-1F70
T47J.T. Poston-1F70
T47Tony Finau-1F70
T47Brendon Todd-1F70
T47Patton Kizzire-1F70
T47Stephan Jaeger-1F70
T47Danny Willett-1F70
T75Adam SchenkParF71
T75Chesson HadleyParF71
T75Matthew NeSmithParF71
T75Greyson SiggParF71
T75Ben MartinParF71
T75Tommy GibsonParF71
T75Alex SmalleyParF71
T75Tom KimParF71
T75Adam SvenssonParF71
T75K.H. LeeParF71
T75Michael ThompsonParF71
T75Cameron YoungParF71
T75Denny McCarthyParF71
T75Davis RileyParF71
T75Christiaan BezuidenhoutParF71
T75Sam RyderParF71
T75Min Woo LeePar15-
T92Troy Merritt+1F72
T92Brandon Wu+1F72
T92Sam Stevens+1F72
T92Davis Thompson+1F72
T92Matthias Schwab+1F72
T92Davis Love III+1F72
T92Chad Ramey+1F72
T92Lucas Herbert+1F72
T92Maverick McNealy+1F72
T92Jason Dufner+1F72
T92Kevin Tway+1F72
T92Russell Henley+1F72
T92Collin Morikawa+1F72
T92Jon Rahm+1F72
T92Chez Reavie+1F72
T92Keith Mitchell+1F72
T92Wesley Bryan+117-
T92Justin Suh+116-
T110Taylor Montgomery+2F73
T110Lanto Griffin+2F73
T110Jim Furyk+2F73
T110Richy Werenski+2F73
T110Andrew Landry+2F73
T110Max Homa+2F73
T110Cameron Champ+2F73
T110Taylor Pendrith+2F73
T110Peter Malnati+2F73
T110Callum Tarren+2F73
T110Doc Redman+2F73
T110Garrick Higgo+2F73
T110Tyler Duncan+2F73
T110Keegan Bradley+2F73
T110C.T. Pan+2F73
T125Luke List+3F74
T125J.J. Spaun+3F74
T125Nico Echavarria+3F74
T125Tom Hoge+3F74
T125Kelly Kraft+3F74
T125Adam Hadwin+3F74
T125Thomas Detry+3F74
T125Brian Gay+3F74
T133Ben Taylor+4F75
T133Akshay Bhatia+4F75
T133Martin Laird+4F75
T136Ryan Moore+5F76
T136Sepp Straka+5F76
T138Russell Knox+6F77
T138Seamus Power+6F77
T138Matt Wallace+6F77
141Dylan Frittelli+9F80
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RBC Heritage 2023

Date: April 13th - 16th 2023

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