5 Things: Davis takes RBC Heritage lead by one

Brian Davis, of England, hits a tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Brian Davis, of England, hits a tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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RBC Heritage

Hilton Head, SC - Harbour Town Golf Links

10:37:12 AM ET. 04/19/2014




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It was a beautiful day in Hilton Head Island, S.C., but the winds picked up just enough for some high scores in the afternoon. That didn’t stop some groups in the morning from going out and shooting some low numbers.

Here are 5 Things you need to know from Thursday at Harbour Town Golf Links:

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1. BIRDIES, BIRDIES, BIRDIES: Englishman Brian Davis leads after the first round of the RBC Heritage after shooting a 6-under 65 at Harbour Town Golf Links with eight birdies on the day.

Davis started the day with a bogey on No. 4, but then birdied Nos. 5-7.

“No. 5 got my round going but I missed a 6-footer for eagle, so I made birdie, and then I chipped in on No. 8 and I just kept my momentum going,” Davis added.

He made par at the 8th, and then went on another birdie brigade on holes Nos. 9-13. He through in a bogey during that streak on No 12. He finished with another birdie on the par-3 17th.

“I got off to a slow start, but then caught fire,” Davis added. “I made a lot of birdies today, and its always nice to (make birdies), and when you don’t know how many under you are, you know you’re playing well.

Davis is leading by one over Kevin Streetman and Charley Hoffman at 5 under.

He is looking for his first PGA Tour victory after five runner-up finishes in his career.

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2. AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE: After Austrailians dominated the field last week, Jason Day and Marc Leishman picked up where left off. Day and Leishman are tied for fourth on Thursday after bogey-free rounds of 4-under 67.

“I was still swinging it nicely from last week, and everything is going along smoothly,” Day said.

“It is obviously a different change from Augusta to here, but this is this week and I just have to move on,” Day said when asked how differently the weeks are.

Day and Leishman finished in the top 5 at the Masters last week.

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3. FOUND IT: Looks like after missed cuts last week at the Masters, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson found something in their games.

Both players opened play with bogey-free, 3-under 68s.

“This golf course you got to think you’re way around it,” Simpson said. “We executed well, we did what we wanted to do. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make a couple putts coming in that I wanted to make.”

Last week, Mahan shot rounds of 76-82 to miss the cut by 10 shots, while Simpson, the reigning U.S. Open champion, shot 73-76 to miss by one.

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4. TOUGH DAY: Tag Ridings had a day he wants to forget, and fast. Ridings finished the day at 14-over 85 at Harbour Town.

It was definitely a colorful scorecard for Ridings. On the day, he had just seven pars, eight bogeys and three double-bogeys.

His 85 was six shots worse than anyone else in the field.

Ridings has played in 10 events this season making the cut in four tournaments. His best finish was at the Farmers Insurance Open at T-15.

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SHORT SHOTS: Brandt Snedeker finished the day with a 2-over 73. Last week, Snedeker was the 54-hole leader at the Masters after a final-round 75 derailed him from winning his first major championship… Jordan Spieth, who has taken special temporary status on the PGA Tour, shot a 1-under 70… Defending champion Carl Pettersson shot a first-round 3-under 68. Good for a T-7 on Day 1 … Bud Cauley struggled to a 7-over 78 today. He was 3 over until the 18th hole, where he made a quadruple-bogey.

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