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Kuchar Leads, Harman and Anderson Solid 1st Rounds

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Matt Kuchar fired an opening-round 66 (-5) to take the early clubhouse lead at the 46th annual RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island.  Scott Langley and William McGirt followed with 66's in the afternoon session.




Local golfers Brian Harman (St. Simons Island/Savannah Christian) and Mark Anderson (Beaufort) each had solid rounds after day one.  Harman had three birdies on the back nine to finish in a tie for fifth at minus-two.  Anderson finished his opening round at even par.


It was a big day for Mark Anderson to be sure, but the moment was far from too big for the Beaufort native. "You know, I'm nervous every first tee of every tournament. So it wasn't any more, any less. But I did want to play well for the hometown crowd."

A par saving putt on number ten Thursday was certainly no gimmie. It was good enough to keep Anderson at even par for the afternoon and confident going into the next couple of days. "Just keep playing consistently. If you shoot around Even or 1 or 2 under par every day here, you in really good shape." Says Anderson.

Arguably the most popular group of the afternoon had three generations of big names represented. The legendary Tom Watson, local favorite Sea Island's Davis Love the Third and twenty year old phenom Jordan Spieth who had a shot at winning The Masters last week and was 2 under 69 Thursday. Which was good enough to tie for fifth after one day, Jordan's first day back after a few days off following The Masters. "To get back out there," he says "after falling short on Sunday, just to make a couple of birdies in these conditions and play a solid round of golf. It gives me a lot of confidence, gets me back on my feet." He added.

Davis Love, meantime, a 5 time winner here at Harbour Town had his moments, but a par put on 18 was critical. After settling for bogey, Love dropped him from a tie for 5th into a tie for 20th at 1 under par. "I missed a couple of putts, made a couple of putts. All in all a decent day." He said. "Not what I was looking for."

Only one round in the books, no reason for anyone to panic.

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