American Matt Every and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell jumped out to the quick lead at the RBC Heritage Thursday in South Carolina, with each man firing a 5-under 66.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth is a distant 93rd, after struggling to a 3-over 74.
Every could have had sole possession of first but bogeyed No. 18 after racking up six birdies, including four between holes 2 and 7. He’s after his second tournament win in a month after taking the title at Bay Hill in late March.
McDowell bogeyed No. 1 on Thursday, then rattled off six birdies in the next 11 holes. This is McDowell’s fourth PGA event of the year – he missed the cut at Bay Hill and had finishes in the 50s at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and The Masters. McDowell’s last win on the PGA Tour was the 2010 US Open, although he’s won four European Tour events since then.
Sang-Moon Bae is alone in third at 4-under, followed by a five-way logjam at 3-under.
Spieth, easily the biggest name in the field, was at even par through five holes, then bogeyed 6 and 11. A double bogey on No. 14 had him out of the top 100 before he birdied 15, his lone shot under par of the day.