England’s Brian Davis fired a -6 under par opening round at The RBC Heritage on Thursday afternoon. Davis’ 65 on the par 71 Harbor Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island was good for a one shot lead over a threesome that includes Tampa Bay Champion winner, Kevin Streelman, Johnson Wagner, and Charley Hoffman.
This is the only the third time in his career, Davis has had the lead after the first round of a PGA event. His lead would have been two, but Davis called a penalty on himself at the 12th hole when he hit a strand of grass while in the hazard next to the green.
Davis called the official over, explained what he had done, and confirmed the mistake. This is the same type of penalty Carl Pettersson incurred at the PGA Championship last August while playing the first hole in the final round at Kiahwah Island. The PGA received over 200 emails from viewers who saw the infraction.
Brian Davis will join the 40 somethings in August, and turned pro in 1994. He was born in London, and currently resides in Orlando, and is a regular on the PGA Tour. He has had two skin cancers and is affiliated with The Skin Cancer Foundation with the hopes he can educate people about the dangers of the sun and what role prevention can have in helping people maintain their health.
Davis has had a tough season in 2013. He missed cuts at five tournaments including his first three at The Sony Invitational, The Humana Challenge, and The AT&T National ProAm. He also missed the cuts at The Puerto Rico Open, and The Arnold Palmer Invitational. He had one official top ten when h finished T 6 at The Shell Houston Open.
Brian Davis is the consummate professional golfer. He has never won on the PGA Tour, but has finished runner-up five times. His last coming at Colonial in 2010. He played on The European Tour full-time until 2004, and had victories at the 2000 Spanish Open, and the 2004 ANZ Championship.
Expect the weather to be a factor at Harbor Town on Friday, as rain and thunderstorms are forecasted for the East Coast.
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