Golf update: Rookie Leads RBC Heritage 1st Round; Former Major Winner Undergoes Surgery

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Golf update Rookie Leads RBC Heritage 1st Round; Former Major Winner Undergoes Surgery

Rookie Leads RBC Heritage 1st Round

A rookie who missed the halfway cut at the Masters has taken the first-round lead in the US PGA RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Cameron Young fired eight birdies en route to an 8-under-par 63. This is as he surprised the veterans taking part in the 72-hole event. Young finished two shots ahead of Chilean Joaquin Niemann, who carded a 65 from eight birdies and two bogeys. Seven players, including FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, Chile’s Mito Pereira, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, Ireland’s Shane Lowry, Canadians Corey Conners and Adam Svensson and Austrian Sepp Straka, shared third with a 66.

Young had a sizzling start in the first nine holes, as he strung up birdies in the second, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth. He added birdies in the 10th, 15th and 18th to take the first-round lead. The Briarcliff Manor native is seeking to win his first US PGA title. Conners, meanwhile, highlighted his first round with a hole-in-one in the seventh hole. It was the Canadian parbuster’s fourth ace in the past three seasons. Lowry, who teed off in the 10th hole, registered five birdies – including three straight from the 16th to 18th holes. The Irishman finished joint third in the Masters.

Young’s fiery start is promising but there are golfers in this tournament that are capable of overturning this gap. There are still three rounds – or 54 holes – for the parbusters to overturn the deficit and PGA golf oddsmakers say everything is possible.

DeChambeau Goes Under the Knife

Former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau underwent surgery to repair his broken left wrist on Thursday. 

In a social media post, the power-hitting golfer expressed hope that he can return to world-class form in two months. Last week, the 28-year-old missed the Masters cut – his third in four starts. 

DeChambeau had a hairline fracture of the hamate bone that was worsened when he took a tumble while playing table tennis at the Saudi International. The world number 19 said that he played through pain in the past three events, including the Masters. The injury forced him to alter his grip and swing, causing him to miss cuts in the tournaments he joined. The procedure places DeChambeau’s participation in the PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Golf Club in Oklahoma from May 19 to 22 in doubt as recovery from the hamate bone surgery ordinarily lasts around 10 to 12 weeks. The recovery period can also affect his participation in the U.S. Open as the event is scheduled on June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

The American golfer’s injury forces him to miss several months of golf. This could affect his play – especially his swing – once he returns to action. DeChambeau, who is also suffering from a torn hip labrum, might encounter rust in his first tournament following the surgery and golf betting sites might shun away for picking him until he fully recovers. He currently ranks 217th in the US PGA FedEx Cup rankings.