Lesser-known names grabbed top spots on the leaderboard while fan favorites struggled at times in the first round of play at the RBC Heritage.
Shane Lowry, one of the first golfers to tee off, carded a 6-under 65 to set the pace and end the day with the lead.. One of the more exciting groups of the day involving Jordan Spieth (E), Webb Simpson (-2), and Francesco Molinari combined to shoot one over par Thursday.
“I didn’t quite make the adjustments in green speeds from last week to this week,” Spieth said after his first round. “I knew out group would leave some putts short today, we all did.”
Spieth, Simpson, and Molinari are all coming off a long week at the Masters in Augusta. Simpson said he made uncharacteristic mistakes but is pleased with his 2-under 69. “I made a few mistakes out of the bunkers which is normally a strength of mine,” Simpson added. “Left a few out there. All in all it’s tough out here and two-under is always good out here.”
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood was steady over 18 holes. The #15 golfer in the world carded 16 pars on his way to an even-par 72. Fleetwood noted his consistency and stayed positive post-round.
“I played well, to be honest, just getting up and down,” Fleetwood explained. “Shooting under par her is obviously great but shooting even par here is nothing to be mad about.”
Second round play at the 51st RBC Heritage kicks off at 7:10 a.m.