Harbour Town is one of the most scenic -- and most difficult -- venues on the PGA TOUR.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The opening round of the RBC Heritage is in the books. See below for updates from throughout the day and leave your comments below.
UPDATES (All times ET)
7 p.m. — Colt Knost birdied two of his last three holes, including the 18th, to shoot 67 and share the lead with Chad Campbell and Vaughn Taylor. The first round is now complete. Only 23 players broke par on what was a blustery day at Harbour Town, where 42 players are within four shots of the lead.
6:40 p.m. — The opening round is winding down at Harbour Town, where only Colt Knost, Harris English and Matt Every are the only players on the course who could catch the leaders. All are at least through 16 holes, though, so they are running out of time on what is suddenly a chilly day again with the sun starting to go down.
6:15 p.m. — The scoring has improved a bit from earlier in the day — usually it’s the other way around — but Harbour Town is still playing more than two strokes over par. Only 26 players are under par at the moment, and no one has caught Vaughn Taylor or Chad Campbell, both at 4 under, yet. Harris English has a chance to at 3 under through 15 holes but the rookie is in trouble on the par-4 16th.
5:40 p.m. — Thanks to a hole-out from 103 yards for eagle on the par-4 ninth hole, Vaughn Taylor shares the lead with Chad Campbell after a 67 Thursday. Taylor, who teed off on the back nine, closed in 32, playing two of his last three holes in 3 under.
4:45 p.m. — Chad Campbell is the new clubhouse leader after a 4-under 67 Thursday. That matches his second-best score of the season. Campbell has yet to finish in the top 25 this year and has five missed cuts in nine starts.
4:19 p.m. – Chad Campbell is back at 4 under and is playing the final hole of his opening round. No matter the number he posts, there will be players on the course with a chance to catch him, even in today’s tough conditions. Six players — Kevin Chappell, John Rollins, Will Claxton, Gary Christian and Harris English — are now 2 under with between three and nine holes remaining in their rounds.
4 p.m. –Seven past champions, including clubhouse leader Jim Furyk, are playing this week at Harbour Town. Last year’s champion Brandt Snedeker (even-par 71), Justin Leonard (78) and Stewart Cink (79) played early today. The afternoon group is having a better overall showing thus far with Boo Weekley and Glen Day at 1 under through 12 and eight holes respectively, and Brian Gay at 2 over through 12.
3:40 p.m. – Earlier in the day, Rory Sabbatini said the course conditions equated to that of a U.S. Open here at Harbour Town. One caddie said they weren’t quite that difficult, but the scoring isn’t that far off. Only 19 players are under par at the moment and no one is lower than 3 under. One player making an early move: Amateur Corbin Mills, who is 2 under through his first six holes.
2:50 p.m. — It’s warmed up significantly and the wind has died down a bit since the morning wave teed off, but the afternoon wave isn’t finding scoring a whole lot easier. Chad Campbell is back to 3 under after a bogey on No. 10 and Jim Furyk’s 68 still sits atop the leaderboard. Stuart Appleby is 2 under through seven, while a number of players, including Zach Johnson, past winner Brian Gay and Lucas Glover are all 1 under so far.
2:20 p.m. — Chad Campbell’s birdie run has slowed with Campbell still at 4 under as he turns toward the more difficult back nine here at Harbour Town. Meanwhile, Jim Furyk is the current clubhouse leader after finishing off a 69 earlier. Furyk of course won here just two years ago.
1:45 p.m. — The afternoon wave is on the golf course and despite still difficult conditions Chad Campbell has moved to the top of the leaderboard at 4 under through his first seven holes with birdies on three of his last four.
1 p.m. — Blake Adams ended his round how he started it — with back-to-back birdies. In doing so, he took the early clubhouse lead with a 2-under 69 on a blustery morning that began with temperatures only in the 40s. “Not really the weather that I’m used to,” said Adams, who lives about 90 minutes from here in Swainsboro, Ga. “I actually hit it great. This golf course, if you don’t hit it very well, it’s an uphill battle.” A year ago, Adams also played well in the opening round, shooting a 67 before three straight rounds in the 70s to tie for 46th.
12:40 p.m. — If Luke Donald finishes outside the top 8 here at Harbour Town, he will lose his spot atop the Official World Golf Ranking (to No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who is inactive this week). Donald, who has finished in the top 3 here each of the last three years, is off to a slow start at 4 over through 15 holes. Donald just double-bogeyed the sixth hole (he started on the back) after finding a greenside bunker on his approach, only to hit his next shot through the green. He eventually two-putted from 6 feet.
12:25 p.m. — Your early clubhouse leader: Blake Adams, who birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to card a 2-under 69 on a difficult day of scoring here at Harbour Town. Adams surprisingly wasn’t all that accurate, hitting just seven fairways and eight greens in regulation, but he scrambled well with just 23 putts.
11:50 a.m. — Kyle Stanley won the junior Heritage at Harbour Town in 2005, played his college golf at nearby Clemson and has since put down roots here, so it should be of little surprise that he’s off to a good start here in the opening round. Stanley is 2 under through his first 12 holes and currently tied for the lead with Tommy Gainey and former and past winner Jim Furyk.
11:35 a.m. — It’s still very early in the opening round with the afternoon wave still not scheduled to tee off for another 25 minutes, but the scoring is already proving very tough. Only 11 players are under par at the moment with no one lower than 2 under (Tommy Gainey and Chris Couch).
11:15 a.m. — Rookie Sang-Moon Bae has had some very good moments this year — a runner-up in Tampa, where he lost in a playoff, and a tie for fifth at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. He’s also had some shaky ones — a final-round 78 at Torrey Pines, a second-round 79 at TPC Blue Monster at Doral. Right now, he’s trending toward the latter. Bae is 9 over through his first 14 holes at Harbour Town, where he’s already made a couple of double bogeys (Nos. 13 and 4) and went out in 42 on the back nine.
11 a.m. – With the smallest greens on the PGA TOUR and some of the tightest fairways, Harbour Town doesn’t exactly yield a ton of low scores and that seems to be holding true again this year, at least early on. Chris Couch and Martin Flores share the early lead at 3 under through 11 and six holes, respectively. Kevin Na just made the turn in 2 under. South Carolina resident Tommy Gainey is also among a group at 1 under through his first dozen holes. To give you an idea of how difficult scoring is early on, the course is already playing more than three strokes over par with an average of 74.711.
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