Golf: Australians Day, Leishman push Davis at Heritage

2013-04-19T00:00:00Z Golf: Australians Day, Leishman push Davis at HeritageThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Jason Day and Marc Leishman kept the Australian flag flying high at the RBC Heritage.

Four days after countryman Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, Day and Leishman shot 4-under 67s and trailed 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 a 65 to pull past Day and Leishman, who were back in contention after falling short Sunday at Augusta National.

Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman were 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.

"For a population that I think is around 23 million people in Australia, and the last time I checked the land size is a little bit bigger than North America, we do pretty well in sports," Day said.

Pettersen up by a stroke at Lotte in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, Hawaii - Suzann Pettersen rebounded from her lone bogey with three back-nine birdies Thursday at windswept Ko Olina to take the second-round lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship.

The Norwegian, a 10-time LPGA Tour winner ranked sixth in the world, shot a 3-under 69 in the afternoon to reach 10-under 134. She had consecutive victories late last season in South Korea and Taiwan and won a Ladies European Tour event last month in China.

Defending champion Ai Miyazato was a stroke back after a 68 in the morning. The Japanese player, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had five birdies in a late six-hole stretch.

Pettersen dropped two strokes behind Miyazato with a bogey on the par-4 10th, then rallied with birdies on the par-4 11th, par-5 13th and par-3 16th.

"It was definitely windier than yesterday, so it was pretty tough out there," Miyazato said. "I grew up in the wind and I like to play in this wind."

Three tied at Spanish Open

VALENCIA, Spain - Chile's Felipe Aguilar, Denmark's Morten Madsen and France's Gary Stal shot 4-under 68s at Parador de El Saler to share the first-round lead in the Spanish Open.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was in the group a stroke back, and fellow Spanish star Sergio Garcia opened with a 72 that included a double bogey on the par-3 fourth hole. Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 76 in his return to competition after breaking his leg skiing in December.

American Peter Uihlein shot 70.

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