HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Cameron Smith got here up empty fishing simply previous the 17th gap at (*62*) Town Golf Links on Wednesday.
His luck definitely modified on Thursday.
Smith reeled in the first-round lead of the RBC Heritage with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 62 to face one shot clear of Stewart Cink. Smith, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, didn’t have a 5 on his card and made three of his 9 birdies on his ultimate 4 holes, together with holing out from a again bunker on the 17th and sprucing off his gem of a spherical from 4 toes on the 18th.
“We were actually out there (fishing) for about 45 minutes and then security came out and escorted us off. I tried my best to stay out there. I’m addicted to fishing,” Smith mentioned. “But I just thought it was best to just leave.”
Smith thought it finest to move house to Jacksonville, Florida, after ending in a tie for 10th in final week’s Masters. Smith additionally tied for second in the 2020 Masters in November when he grew to become the one participant in match historical past to shoot 4 rounds in the 60s in the identical yr.
In the Sunshine State, Smith began to decompress from the Masters and drove again as much as Hilton Head Tuesday afternoon.
“Augusta, especially how I played last week, was very stressful,” Smith mentioned. “I mean, you’re almost worried about every shot out there it seems like. I had a couple days at home. I drove up here Tuesday lunchtime, just played nine holes in the pro-am (on Wednesday). I felt like my game was in a really good spot, so I didn’t feel like I needed to come here and really grind out a couple of good practice days. I felt like everything was in a good spot.
“And I think it paid off, those couple days at home.”
Smith began to money in shortly as he birdied the second after which ripped off three consecutive birdies beginning on the fourth. He turned in 31 after one other birdie on the ninth and added pink numbers on the 12th, 15th, 17th and 18th.
“It was just one of those days, I guess, where there wasn’t really lots of in-between shots, so I could be really aggressive into the greens,” he mentioned. “Everything I had today was kind of like a perfect number, and I think that’s why I hit so many good golf shots. I hit lots of irons close, and when I missed one, I missed it in the right spots. Not a lot of stress out there, which is nice.”
There definitely wasn’t a lot stress when he missed a inexperienced.
“After last week, I feel like chipping around here is almost like a breeze,” he mentioned. “I was so scared almost last week on every chip shot, and I feel like I can be really aggressive around here.
“This place really gets my creativity going into the greens. Especially there’s a couple of holes out there where you really have to shape it into the greens around trees, and if you’re in a bad spot off the tee, you just have to know where to miss it, especially with how firm the greens are out there.
“It was just a really solid day.”