Brian Davis is tired of being celebrated solely for his sportsmanship at the RBC Heritage. He's ready to add a championship at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Davis had eight birdies on his final 14 holes for a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman after the first round Thursday.
Davis lost to Jim Furyk in playoff here three years ago that's best remembered for the Englishman calling a two-stroke penalty on himself because his club touched a loose reed in a marshy area left of the 18th green.
Davis was praised for his integrity when not noticing the nearly imperceptible movement could make his career path smoother. After all, a victory would've meant entry into the Masters — a major he's played just once in 2004 — and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. Davis saw the moment as following the rules, no more and no less.
Now, he's ready for more.
“I'd like to do something else in this tournament so I don't get remembered just for that,” he said, chuckling.
He was 1 over on his first four holes when he put his approach on the par-5 fifth about 6 feet away for an eagle try. Davis missed and left disappointed with a birdie, but that began a run of eight birdies on his final 14 holes. He rolled in a 22-foot birdie putt on the tricky 17th hole to reach 6 under and score in the 60s for the 10th time in his last 13 rounds at Harbour Town.
Davis's score was his lowest round of the season and the 10th time in his past 13 rounds here he's shot in the 60s. But Davis understands there are plenty of tests ahead.
Masters contenders Jason Day and Marc Leishman built on their performances last week with 67s and were tied with Johnson Wagner two shots behind.
The large group at 68 includes U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, defending RBC Heritage champion Carl Pettersson and Bill Haas.
LPGA: Suzann Pettersen rebounded from her lone bogey with three back-nine birdies at wind-swept Ko Olina to take the second-round lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.
The 32-year-old Norwegian, a 10-time LPGA Tour winner ranked sixth in the world, shot a 3-under 69 in her afternoon round 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 session. The Japanese player, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had five birdies in a late six-hole stretch.
Pettersen got to 8 under with a birdie on the par-3 fourth, then dropped two strokes behind Miyazato with a bogey on the par-4 10th. The European Solheim Cup star rallied with birdies on the par-4 11th, par-5 13th and par-3 16th .
SPANISH OPEN: Chile’s Felipe Aguilar, Denmark’s Morten Madsen and France’s Gary Stal shot 4-under 68 at Parador de El Saler to share the first-round lead in the Spanish Open, a PGA European Tour event.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was in the group a stroke back, and fellow Spanish star Sergio Garcia opened with a 72.