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RBC Heritage

Tournament Preview

If you're going to try and find a suitable tournament to come directly after The Masters, you could do a lot worse than playing at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

The RBC Heritage kicks off Thursday at Harbour Town Golf Links with $5.8 million on the line and Graeme McDowell the defending champion.

Masters champion Bubba Watson isn't in the field, but that hardly means the stars won't be shining.

McDowell will begin his defense at 8:20 a.m., on course with Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas. 

Other notable pairings include phenom Jordan Spieth with legends Davis Love III and Tom Watson at 12:40 p.m.

04/17/14, Thursday 

Matt Kuchar didn't let a little thing like a near miss at The Masters get him down Thursday in the first round of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Kuchar didn't hit a single bogey as he fired a 5-under 66 to lead the tournament after a round, tied for first with Scott Langley and William McGirt.

Harris English is fourth with a 3-under 68, followed by a crazy group of 15 players at 2-under, including Masters' co-runner-up Jordan Spieth.

Spieth was particularly impressive considering the company he kept on Thursday, shooting in a trio with Davis Love III and Tom Watson.

Love fired a 1-under 70, while Watson, who hasn't played the Heritage in 13 years, wound up 4-over with a 75.


04/18/14, Friday

Less than half of the players in the field at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina, finished their second rounds on Friday, meaning extra golf will take place early on Saturday morning in an effort to get back on track.

One of those who did get his full round in was South Korea's K.J. Choi, who fired a 4-under 67 to rise to 5-under for the tournament, making him the current leader in the clubhouse.

Tied for 20th after Day One, Choi piled up six birdies to race into the lead. 

Day One co-leader Cott Langley dropped back to a tie for third after struggling to a 2-over 73, while Australia's Robert Allenby  is temporarily in second at  4-under, but only completed five holes on Friday.

It's a five-way tie for third at 3-under at the moment, but only Langley, Billy Hurley III and Luke Donald have finished the second round.

A further six players are tied for eighth at 2-under, but only half of those had finished their round by the final call on Friday.

Nowhere in sight of the leaderboard were Day One co-leaders Matt Kuchar and William McGirt. 

After notching a 66 on Thursday, McGirt was 10 strokes worse, finishing with a 5-over 76 to drop into a tie for 24th at even par. 

McGirt was at even par on the day through 12, but the wheels came off the wagon from  there, as he bogeyed five of his last six holes.

Kuchar had to call it a round after his first six holes because of the weather, but likely was thankful for that. 

Kuchar hit double bogeys on No. 4 and 6 and is 4-over through six, sending him into a tie for 16th at 1-under.


Another day, another new leader at the RBC Heritage Open in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

On Saturday, it was England’s Luke Donald taking the step up the leader board, tying the tournament low with a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead through 54 holes.

Donald had a wild front nine: an eagle on No. 2, bogeys on 3, 6 and 7 and birdies on 5 and 8. He smoothed things out on the back nine with four birdies to take command.

American John Huh rose from 24th up to second, shooting a second consecutive 68.

Four players are tied for third: South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel and Americans Nicholas Thompson, Ben Martin and Jim Furyk, all at 5-under.

Day Two leader K.J. Choi took a big step back, struggling to a 3-over 74 to plummet from the top of the leader board to a tie for 16th.

Choi was 1-under through five, then hit back-to-back bogeys and followed that with a double on No. 12.


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