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Fresh off a missed cut at the Masters, Shane Lowry shoots first-round 65 at Harbour Town to grab the solo lead

Not much went right for Shane Lowry last week at Augusta National, where he missed the cut at the Masters with rounds of 78 and 73. Not much has gone right for Lowry in general this season on the PGA Tour, where he's made six starts, five of them in stroke-play events, of which he's made zero cuts. His best finish, a T-62, came at the WGC-Mexico Championship, which does not feature a cut. It's been rough for the Irishman in 2019, to say the least.

All it takes is one good week though, and Lowry could be in line for one at Harbour Town following a bogey-free, first round 65 that has given him the solo lead. Lowry drove it nicely all day (ranked 3rd in the field in strokes-gained/off-the-tee), something he's not done all year. A new magic wand may explain why.

"It was something I've been struggling with, my par 5 scoring hasn't been very good," said Lowry, who birdied all three of Harbour Town's par 5s on Thursday. "I just played them nicely today. Like I said, I think I struggled off the tee quite a bit this year, and I managed to find a new driver that I like. I hit that pretty good. And when you do that on par-5s it always gives yourself a chance."

Four players are one back of Lowry, including two-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Berger. Patrick Cantlay, who made a run at the green jacket last Sunday, is among a group just two back at four under.

Up-to-the-minute leader board and other scoring information for the RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, April 18-21, 2019