Four days after countryman Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament, Day and Leishman shot 4-under-par 67 and trail leader Brian Davis by two shots Thursday after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Davis lost a playoff to Jim Furyk in 2010 at Harbour Town after calling a penalty on himself. This time, the Englishman birdied eight of his final 14 holes for 65 to pull past Day and Leishman, who were back in contention after falling short Sunday at Augusta National.
Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman are a stroke behind Davis at 66, while Johnson Wagner also shot 67. U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson led a large group at 68.
Day and Leishman can’t make history for their country at the RBC Heritage – only enhance it. Several Aussies have won at Harbour Town, including Graham Marsh in 1977 and Greg Norman 11 years later. Aaron Baddeley was the last Australian to take the champion’s tartan jacket in 2006.
James Driscoll, of Massachusetts, has pledged $1,000 for each birdie he makes during his next two tournaments for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
He got off to a solid start with four birdies in his round of 74.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Valencia, Spain, Felipe Aguilar, Morten Madsen and Gary Stal shot 4-under-par 68s to share the first-round lead at the Spanish Open.
Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson shot 79. Jamie Elsom, another former Jaguar, had 80.
LPGA TOUR: In Kapolei, Hawaii, defending champion Ai Miyazato had five birdies in a late six-hole stretch at wind-swept Ko Olina and was the clubhouse leader in the second round of the LPGA Lotte Championship. She shot 4-under -par 68 to reach 9-under 135.