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9 things worth knowing about round one of the 2014 RBC Heritage

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Matt Kuchar has finished T-4, second and T-5 in his last three starts, and now he's back near the top of the leader board at the RBC Heritage. On a windy-day, he opened with his lowest-ever round at the Heritage. "I would not expect to shoot my low round at tournament competition on a day like this," he said.

One of the men who Kuchar shared the 18-hole lead with was William McGirt (Scott Langley was the other). That curly-fro of his hasn't been in contention since the Northern Trust Open in February. "Harbour Town and I have a love-hate relationship," he said. "My first two years here was a lot of hate on my part, but I'm starting to like it."

A week after hitting 52 of 72 Greens In Regulation at his first Masters, Billy Horschel hit almost 80 percent of the the tiny greens at Harbour Town. His two-under 69 left him T-5. "I'm in a great groove right now," he said.

Away from the top of the leader board, Boo Weekley wore a camouflage Under Armor shirt and rain pants on Thursday, even though it was warm and sunny all day. The two-time Heritage champ shot a two-over 73, leaving him six-strokes back of leader Matt Kuchar after the first round. 

The weather at Harbour Town was glorious on Thursday, but it's not supposed to stay that way. The forecast is calling for rain and wind tomorrow, with potential for more rain over the weekend. "I still think the winning score even with the weather is probably going to get somewhere around 10 to 12 [under]," Will McGirt said.

The 10th tee starter at the RBC heritage had some trouble with names on Thursday. A group after announcing South African Charl Schwartzel from "Blair Atholl, South Carolina" (in fairness, he did correct himself), he called Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano "Fernando-Castano."

Jordan Spieth and Tom Watson played together in the first round of the RBC Heritage, shooting 69 and 75, respectively. Earlier this week, Watson said one of the reasons he was playing was to do some Ryder Cup scouting. With that in mind, he and Spieth were loving-it-up all day. "We had a great time," Spieth said. "Talking with him is priceless."

This was K.J. Choi's first week using a yellow golf ball -- he used the Srixon Z-Star Tour Yellow en-route to a first round 70. "Yellow is better," Choi said, "I can see it better when I hit it."

choi-ball-518.jpgNick Faldo shot an opening-round 77, then faced a Twitter rant from a Tour player who has definitely not won six majors (or, incidentally a Heritage title, which would have given him the option of playing this week, even if he was 56).


Ben Crane still has a very powerful mustache, which first appeared in all its glory during the Valspar Championship. Its powers, though, must be limited to off the golf course. He opened with a five-over 76 on Thursday.

One more look.