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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Woodland rides another hot streak to close Round 1 at the RBC Heritage

Gary Woodland follows his shot from the second tee, during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Gary Woodland follows his shot from the second tee, during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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After a slow start to his round on Thursday at the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland finished on a hot streak for the second week in a row.

After shooting a 2-over par 38 on the front nine, Woodland carded birdies on four consecutive holes (13-16) on the back nine on Thursday to finish at 4-under on the back and 2-under for the round.

Last week, during the opening round of the PGA Tour's first event back from the pandemic-induced shutdown, Woodland birdied five of his final seven holes to put himself squarely in contention the rest of the week. That propelled him to a ninth-place finish and had him sitting in a tie for second place, one stroke back, heading into the final round.

Woodland opened Thursday with a birdie on No. 2 and then bogeyed three of the next six holes before straightening things out on the back nine.

The reigning U.S. Open champion enters Round 2 in a tie for 45th, five shots off the lead held by Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard, who both shot 7-under to lead by a stroke over seven golfers at -6.

Woodland will get his second round under way bright and early on Friday, teeing off on No. 10 at 6:29 a.m. in a group with Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama.

Comments

David Kelley-Wood 3 months, 1 week ago

Hopefully, the earlier 2nd round start will make a difference. Seems like the majority of the low rounds on day one were turned in by the guys who got out on the course early. Greens holding better? Less windy maybe?

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