Bud Cauley Leads RBC Heritage After Birdie Filled Finish

Bud Cauley had the kind of day all golfers dream of. He shot an 8-under 63 to take the lead at the RBC Heritage after Round 1.

Cauley had four birdies on the front nine and five more on the back nine. He birdied four of the final five holes with three coming consecutively on No. 16 to No. 18 — the definition of finishing strong when the lead was up for grabs.

“You never go out thinking you’re going to shoot that,” Cauley said. “I just got into the round and was swinging well and tried to give myself as many looks as I could.”

Cauley will have to stay sharp though because Luke Donald, Graham DeLaet, and Sam Saunders trail him by just two shots. Donald had a brilliant second shot on the par-5 No. 2 (his 11th hole). Standing 208 yards from the pin, his approach shot from the pine straw took a couple bounces and rolled to within four feet of the cup where he finished it off with an eagle.

Donald’s 6-under 65 at Harbour Town was fueled by missing his second Masters in a row.

“It’s never fun to be sitting at home,” Donald said. “But in a way, it motivates you. It gets the fire under you and you get a little bit more inspired.”

Tyrrell Hatton, the highest ranked player in the tournament, finished Round 1 with a 2-under 69 while Matt Kuchar who is ranked right behind him, finished with a 3-under 68.

h/t: espn.com, pgatour.com

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