After last week’s successful return for professional golf at the Charles Schwab Challenge, there was more hype than usual surrounding this weekend’s RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard both went low and finished Thursday’s opening round tied for the lead at 7-under par.
Poulter has three career PGA Tour wins, his last coming in April 2018 at the Houston Open, and came into Thursday with +6600 odds to finish the day with the lead. He also entered Thursday at +8000 to win the entire tournament.
Hubbard’s odds were even longer than Poulter’s. The 31-year old Denver native has never won a PGA Tour event and was +12500 to be the first-round leader at Harbour Town. He started at +30000 to win it all.
Six different golfers finished Thursday's round just one stroke off the lead. Sebastián Muñoz, Viktor Hovland, Michael Thompson, Webb Simpson, Ryan Palmer and Brice Garnett all shot 6-under par.
Jordan Spieth made headlines Thursday for his remarkable comeback. After shooting a 37 on his first nine holes, including a triple bogey on his third hole, he made an unbelievable seven birdies on his way back in. He finished with a 29 on his final nine, finishing at 5-under par and two shots off the lead. He’s +3300 to win the tournament after a solid showing last week.
Second-round play begins Friday morning.