Harbour Town Golf Links yielded plenty of red numbers in the first round of the 50th RBC Heritage Presented By Boeing. Favorable conditions should lead to more low scores in Friday’s second round as the field chases 18-hole leader Rory Sabbatini.
Can Sabbatini post another bogey-free round and widen the gap? Will someone take advantage of soft conditions this morning to grab the clubhouse lead? Will world No. 1 Dustin Johnson make the cut in his first appearance at the Heritage since 2009?
We’ll know the answers by the end of the day. Here’s what to expect today at Harbour Town.
RBC HERITAGE ROUND 2 PRIMER
Leaderboard After 18 Holes
Rory Sabbatini 64 (-7)
Chesson Hadley 66 (-5)
Billy Horschel 66 (-5)
John Huh 66 (-5)
Matt Kuchar 66 (-5)
The forecast calls for lots of birdies again, especially in the morning. The high will reach the mid-70s with a moderate breeze kicking up around mid-morning.
Featured Morning Group
7:30 a.m., 1st Tee: John Senden, Chesson Hadley, Andrew Landry
Featured Afternoon Group
12:00 p.m., 1st Tee: Rory Sabbatini, Scott Brown, Francesco Molinari
• This marks the 11th time Rory Sabbatini has held or shared the 18-hole lead on the PGA Tour, but that list does not include any of his six wins on tour.
• Two of the last four RBC Heritage champions held at least a share of the 18-hole lead (Matt Kuchar in 2014 and Branden Grace in 2016), but prior to that it was Peter Lonard in 2005 who was the last to turn the 18-hole lead into a tartan jacket.
• John Huh was 5-under through six holes and played the front nine in 6-under-par 30 before shooting 1-over on the back nine Thursday.
Inside The Numbers
• The scoring average in the morning (71.03) was more than a full shot lower than the afternoon (72.45) in Thursday’s first round.
“The golf courses, they don’t really compare other than they’ve got a tee box, a fairway, a green and a hole.” – defending champion Wesley Bryan on the difference between Augusta National and Harbour Town
How To Watch
PGA Tour Live: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (featured groups); 3-6 p.m. (featured holes)
Television: 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel)
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