RBC Heritage 2020: Mark Hubbard, Ian Poulter Share Lead After Round 1

Ian Poulter of England, watches his shot from the 17th tee, during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard share the early lead at the RBC Heritage after each shot a 64 in Thursday’s opening round at Harbour Town Golf Links.  

It was a day full of low scores in Hilton Head, South Carolina, with 15 players at five under or better and 84 players finishing under par. Poulter and Hubbard stood above the rest while finishing seven strokes under par, both avoiding bogeys in the round.

Big names like Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka also remain within striking distance for what should be a competitive tournament for the next three days.

Round 1 Leaderboard

T1. Ian Poulter (-7)

T1. Mark Hubbard (-7)

T3. Sebastian Munoz (-6)

T3. Viktor Hovland (-6)

T3. Michael Thompson (-6)

T3. Webb Simpson (-6)

T3. Dylan Frittelli (-6)

T3. Brice Garnett (-6)

T3. Ryan Palmer (-6)

Full results and statistics available at PGATour.com.

Hubbard has zero PGA Tour victories in his career, but he has shown the ability to post low scores this season:

Sean Martin @PGATOURSMartin

Today’s 64 from Mark Hubbard was his 4th round of 64 or lower this season, tying him for the most on TOUR.

Webb Simpson, Scottie Scheffler and Brendon Todd also have 4 rounds of 64 or lower.

His 64 on Thursday featured five birdies and an eagle, as well as an incredible 4.163 strokes gained while putting.

Though he wasn’t the best off the tee, the ability to finish on the green could keep him near the top of the leaderboard throughout the week.

Poulter was also consistent in the first round, totaling seven birdies on the day, including each of the par fives on the front nine. The 44-year-old hasn’t won a PGA event since 2018 but is on the right track through the first day.

Still, neither of them have a safe lead with about two dozen players within a few strokes of first place.

Spieth is one of the most notable players near the top of the leaderboard after one of the best stretches of his career:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦

5 straight birdies for @JordanSpieth. He’s two shots back of the lead.

#QuickHits https://t.co/qWVSVcpkLD

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Make it 6 straight birdies for @JordanSpieth. 👏

That marks the longest birdie streak of his career. 🐦 https://t.co/2WEgmNd08O

The three-time major champion began the day on hole No. 10 and found disaster early with a triple bogey on his third hole. He remained two strokes over par through his first nine holes, but his stretch of six straight birdies helped him get back into contention.

Rickie Fowler also had an up-and-down day with two bogeys slowing him down, although his eagle on No. 5 made up for his struggles:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Attacking the pin.

@RickieFowler follows up a great approach with an eagle putt.

#QuickHits https://t.co/Q8lRGzYaeu

Justin Thomas was responsible for one of the more disappointing showings Thursday, carding a 72 to put himself in danger of missing the cut.

He did have a few bright spots, including this chip-in for birdie on No. 3:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

A bump-and-run birdie for @JustinThomas34.

#QuickHits https://t.co/ULVG2TLKZh

The No. 3 player in the world couldn’t keep it up, finishing three over on the back nine to fall down the standings.

Given the number of birdies available at Hilton Head, the cut line will likely be low after Round 2 as each player scrambles to make it to the weekend.

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