Joint overnight leader Ian Poulter (12/1 – Outright Winner) says he will need to improve his driving if he is going to don the tartan jacket at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
World number 60 Poulter, who hasn’t recorded a top-10 finish in his last 15 starts, got off to a flyer at Harbour Town Golf Links on Thursday, racking up seven birdies in a blemish-free round of 64.
The Englishman shared the overnight lead with American Mark Hubbard (50/1), with the duo one stroke clear of Sebastian Munoz (40/1), Viktor Hovland (16/1), Michael Thompson (80/1), Webb Simpson (6/1 FAV), Brice Garnett (66/1) and Dylan Frittelli (33/1).
Just one stroke further back on -5 is US star Jordan Spieth (12/1), who made seven birdies on his back nine to sign for a five-under-par 66, and he is joined on that mark by Tony Finau, Matthew NeSmith, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Mackenzie Hughes and Erik van Rooyen.
There are then no less than 12 players sitting on -4, with one of these being American Bryson DeChambeau (10/1), who has been the talk of the PGA Tour due to the distance of his drives after bulking up during lockdown.
It wasn’t such a good day for Northern Irishman and world number one Rory McIlroy (66/1), who signed for a one-over-par 71 and it will require a huge effort over the next three days for him to win the tournament.
As for Poulter, who is chasing his first win since the 2018 Houston Open, he admitted that his driving was not as good as it could have been and he will be hoping to make an improvement on this in time for Friday.
“Any time you shoot seven under par around this golf course, it’s obviously a pretty solid day,” he said. “I feel that I didn’t hit it that well off the tee, so I need to go straight to the range and address a few leaky right tee shots.”