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Lowry the first round leader in South Carolina as he bounces back from Masters setback

Shane Lowry is top on six-under after his first round in the RBC Heritage.

Shane Lowry had missed the cut at Augusta last weekend.
Shane Lowry had missed the cut at Augusta last weekend.
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SHANE LOWRY HAS responded in style to his disappointing display at the Masters last weekend by shooting to the top of the leaderboard today in the first round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina.

Lowry carded a six-under-par 66 to lead the way as he rebounded from the setback of missing the cut at Augusta last weekend.

In the opening Major of 2019, Lowry exited before the weekend action after he finished +7 but had hit a 73 in his second round, a marked improvement on his opening round of 78.

He began today on the back nine with two birdies in his opening three holes before another on the 15th saw him reach the turn at -3. The Offaly native matched that when he played the front nine with birdies on the 2nd, 5th and 9th, completing a clear round with no shots dropped.

That leaves Lowry one shot clear of a group of five US players – Trey Mullinax, Daniel Berger, Luke List, Ryan Moore and Ryan Palmer – who all shot 67 to stand at -5.

Graeme McDowell is tied for 15th, three shots back after hitting 69. Waterford’s Seamus Power sits alongside him at -3. Power got his round off to a wonderful start, picking up shots after birdies in his opening two holes.

You can follow the full leaderboard of the PGA Tour event here.

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