After the first round of the RBC Heritage, Colt Knost, Chad Campbell, and Vaughn Taylor are currently tied atop the leaderboard at -4 overall. What follows are the top three groups to watch at the event on Friday.
Jim Furyk has played very well of late, with his worst finish over his last three events being a T11 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He's carried his momentum into this event as well, as he is currently one shot out of the lead after shooting a three under par 68 on Thursday. What is most surprising about his round was that he hit less than 50% of greens in regulation but was still able to shoot under par, which really says a lot about his scrambling ability around the greens. I expect him to play well again on Friday, where he should have a good chance of picking up his first win of the 2012 PGA Tour season.
All three of these players shot an even par 71 for their first round, and strangely enough all of them hit exactly half of the greens in regulation on Thursday as well. I thought this was a good tournament for Johnson to play well in, as the course requires accuracy off the tee and he ranks 8th on Tour in driving accuracy. He got off to a hot start as well with three birdies over his first six holes, but a double bogey on the fifth hole really deflated him for the rest of the day. After having a fantastic year in 2011, Simpson has followed it up with another solid year to being 2012, with eight cuts made and three top-25 finishes in eight starts. Unlike Johnson, Webb got off to a slow start and picked it up on the back nine, so he will definitely be a player to watch for a low round on Friday.
Colt Knost, Harris English, and Corbin Mills
Knost did exactly what one should do when it comes to playing on a narrow golf course, survive through the difficult holes and take advantage of the easy ones when the opportunities present themselves. Given his inconsistency throughout the year, though, I don't think he will be able to hold on to the lead heading into the weekend, which may be a good thing for Knost since he hasn't won yet on the PGA Tour and will probably feel more comfortable playing from behind.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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- Colt Knost
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