Tour Tracker: Kuchar (66) shares RBC Heritage lead
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ah, the week after the Masters, when the chase is no longer for green, but for plaid.
On Thursday, Matt Kuchar set the pace early and only two players the remainder of the day were able to match Kuchar's 5-under 66, with Scott Langley and William McGirt completing the trio of leaders.
They have a two-shot lead on the field, with Harris English at 3 under. Jordan Spieth is among 15 players at T-5 after 2-under 69s.
Check out how the afternoon went at Harbour Town:
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Update #6: 4:34 p.m. EDT
With a closing bogey at No. 18, Scott Langley falls back into a three-way tie for the lead with William McGirt and Matt Kuchar. There are a trio of players at 3 under still on the course that can catch up to the current leaders, including K.J. Choi.
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Update #5: 3:38 p.m. EDT
With a birdie at the difficult par-3 14th hole, Scott Langley has taken the outright lead at 6 under. It is Langley's seventh birdie of the day against one bogey.
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Update #4 3:21 p.m. EDT
After an opening bogey, Harris English has run off birdies at Nos. 2, 5, 6 and 9 to move to 3 under, currently two shots back of a trio of players.
English is currently No. 5 in the FedEx Cup Rankings behind six top-10 finishes, including a win in Mayakoba. He missed his first cut of the season last week at the Masters.
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Update #3: 2:36 p.m. EDT
Scott Langley and William McGirt both birdie the par-4 9th hole to move into a share of the lead at 5 under with Matt Kuchar.
Langley, in his sophomore season on Tour, is enjoying an up-and-down season, picking up four top-25 finishes – including a third at the Valspar Championship – but has missed the cut in 7 of 14 starts this season. He has already surpassed his top-25s from a year ago, when he had three.
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Update #2: 2:13 p.m. EDT
Jordan Spieth, only a day after being hit by an errant wedge shot during the pro-am, is 1 under through five holes.
Meanwhile, a few notables to take note of after they've completed their first 18 holes in Hilton Head:
• Graeme McDowell uses three birdies and three bogeys in an even-par 71.
• Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas all struggled a bit in 1-over 72s.
• John Daly had a birdie, two bogeys and a double-bogey on 18 to card a 3-over 74.
• In a bit of a surprise, Hunter Mahan is also at 3 over after a double-bogey at No. 1.
• Nick Faldo is making a rare appearance in a Tour event and started with a 6-over 77.
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Update #1: 1:15 p.m. EDT
Matt Kuchar has set the early pace at Harbour Town, firing a 5-under 66 to sit one shot ahead of the field. However, William McGirt has nearly leapfrogged Kuchar and he's only through five holes. McGirt has picked up four consecutive birdies from Nos. 2-5.
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