Every leads RBC Heritage, with McDowell in hot pursuit – both at five under par; Spieth at three over

by jovan1984

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — If Jordan Spieth wants to do something that hasn’t been done in 30 years, he’ll have to work hard and avoid doing something that hasn’t been done since 1987.

Mr. Spieth swung a shot right into the ocean on the par-3 14, leading to a double bogey and a three-over-par 74 for the round.

Mr. Spieth is trying to become the first Masters champion to win the Heritage since Bernhard Langer pulled off the feat on April 21, 1985.

His first round, unfortunately, leaves him outside of the Top 70, and thus, outside of the cut line. His streak of under-par rounds ended at 17.

Mr. Spieth is also trying to avoid being the first Masters champion since Larry Mize on April 17, 1987 to miss the cut. Friday, which is cut day, is the 28th anniversary of that dubious feat.

“I knew that it may be tough having not played a hole,” said Mr. Spieth, who arrived after 23:00 Tuesday after a media tour in New York City. He’s the first Masters champion to play the Heritage since Zach Johnson in 2007. “It’s tough to start when you’re not prepared. But there are no excuses.”

Meanwhile, Matt Every has the lead at five-under-par, with 2013 Heritage champion Graeme McDowell in second place, also -5.

Mr. Every hit only seven greens while shooting that score. That was aided by a pair of chip-ins for birdie.

“I just got a ton out of it,” said Mr. Every.

Sangmoon Bae is in third place all by himself at -4. Defending Heritage champion Matt Kuchar is tied for fourth at -3.

Harbour Town absorbed more than 2 inches of rain Wednesday night yet won praise for its condition Thursday.

Island Packet