Three tied for lead at RBC Heritage including Kuchar

First Round – PGA Tour – RBC Heritage – Harbour Town Golf Links – Hilton Head, South Carolina –

Matt Kuchar, the top ranked player in the field at No. 6, carded a bogey-free 5-under-66 in the opening round of the RBC Heritage.

Kuchar’s T-5 last week at Augusta National was his third straight Top 8 finish on the PGA Tour without a victory. The 16-to-1 betting selection at is tied with Scott Langley and William McGirt at the top.

Harris English is alone in fourth place after a 68, while some 15 golfers are T-5 at 2-under including Jordan Spieth, Matt Every (who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March), Lucas Glover and Billy Horschel.

Four shots separate 5th place and a tie for 77th after 18 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Langley, 150-1 long shot, posted a front-nine 31 en route to his 66. The 24-year-old was third at the Valspar Championship during the Florida Swing.

McGirt, 175th in the world ranking, has a pair of career runner-ups on the PGA Tour, but he is looking for his first victory. He was T-6 earlier this season at the Northern Trust Open in California.

Other Golf News:

  • Angela Stanford posted an 8-under-64 in round two of the LPGA LOTTE Championship to take a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie (7-under after shooting 67 Friday). Cristie Kerr and Inbee Park are just two back.
  • Lee Westwood was the overnight leader at the European Tour’s Maybank Malaysia Open at 7-under. Westwood, 36th in the Official World Golf Ranking, finished inside the Top 10 last week at the Masters Tournament.
  • Wie leads the LPGA Tour in Scoring Average and has six Top 10s this season.
  • Graeme McDowell, defending champion at the RBC Heritage, opened with an even-par 71 at Harbour Town. He is tied with other pre-tournament favorites Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson.