HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Cameron Smith made nothing but pars and birdies on Thursday at Harbour Town Links, and that was enough to give him the lead after the first round of the RBC Heritage.
Smith shot a 9 under 62, shooting nine pars and - obviously - nine birdies. Smith was at 5 under through the front nine and had just upped it to 6 under through the first five holes on the back nine. However, he birdied three of the final four holes.
That gave him just a 1-stroke lead over Stewart Cink. Cink had an eagle through the first nine holes to go with four birdies for a 30. However, Cink had a bogey on No. 10 and picked up just three birdies the rest of the way to finish with a 63.
Matt Wallace and Collin Morikawa were both three shots back with 65s. Charles Howell III, Billy Horschel and Harold Varner III trailed by four shots, eight golfers are five strokes back with scores of 67.
Will Zalatoris, the runner-up at the Masters, shot a 3 under 69, one of 18 golfers to do so.
Sixty-six of the golfers in the 134-player field shot below par. South Carolina's Dustin Johnson, who missed the cut at the Master last week after winning the event in November, shot a 1 under 71.
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