Shane Lowry has bounced back from a disappointing Masters with an impressive opening round 65 at the RBC Heritage as he finds himself atop the leaderboard in South Carolina.
The Offaly native missed the cut at Augusta following an abysmal opening round of 78 but looked much more like himself during Thursday’s round.
Lowry started on the back nine and found himself in form early, registering two birdies in his opening three holes at the Hilton Head course.
He continued steadily on his front nine, notching up another birdie and five pars as Lowry began to find his form.
Lowry’s back nine was equally as impressive as he picked up another three birdies and six pars on his way to a bogey-free six under par round of 65.
A host of American’s head the chasing pack from Lowry who currently has the outright lead from Trey Mullinax, Daniel Berger and Ryan Moore.
Lowry will be looking for his second tournament win of the season this weekend after he won the HSBC Championship in January.
Speaking about his disappointing display at last week’s major Lowry said in his blog for sponsors Paddy Power:
“I just need to find something internally, mentally, that’ll make me a little bit better.
“When I was completely out of the tournament on Friday, I played great golf on the back nine. I just need to look at playing golf more freely, and not sort of worrying about the outcome or the results.
“The last eight holes were as good as I’ve played all year, so that’s kind of the way I have to look at it. I feel like I have all the shots and I have what it takes.”