Rory Sabbatini takes a two-shot lead over Kuchar, Horschel, Huh, and Hadley
Rory Sabbatini stole the show in the opening round of RBC Heritage with a low score of seven-under-64 to take a two-shot lead over the group consisting Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, John Huh, and Chesson Hadley. The 64 is his lowest round ever at Harbour Town Golf Links, South Carolina, designed by Pete Dye.
Interestingly, the world number one Dustin Johnson finished five-shot back for two-under-69 for a T-20th finish on the board.
Rory Sabbatini, a six-time PGA Tour champion, last won in 2011 and played through back pain and went bogey-free for a two-shot lead.
“I hurt my back on Sunday doing something stupid,” said Sabbatini, 42. “I kind of took it easy for the last few days and was happy to be able to play today. Just trying to simplify everything. Wasn’t trying to hit it hard; just put it in the fairway, find the greens.
“… This morning I still wasn’t a hundred percent sure I was going to play today.”
Which he explained with “I was working on my posture and my golf swing, and I was practicing something bad, and I just hurt myself doing it.” He made six birdies in his first 17 holes, then was doing a stretch when he felt his back pop on the tee of the ninth hole, his last of the day. He birdied that one, too.
Anirban Lahiri, the Indian hope
Anirban Lahiri started from tee no.1 and bogeyed it, later recovered with a birdie on the second but fell for a bogey on the par-5 sixth, and remained bogey-free for next 12 holes, with absolute pars on each of them. Lahiri finished with a score of 1-over-72 for a T-69th position on the board and joined by Robert Garrigus, Emiliano Grillo, Marc Leishman, D.A. Points, Harold Varner III, J.J. Henry, Colt Knost, Dylan Frittelli, Mackenzie Hughes, Rod Pampling, Charley Hoffman, and Ted Potter Jr.