Tommy Gainey wasn't overly pleased with his opening round Thursday at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, but the South Carolina native still carded one of the best moments of the afternoon with an eagle on Harbour Town Golf Links' famous 18th hole.
"Let's just say it was the highlight of my day," he said. "I hit a good tee ball. My caddie says, 184. That's an 8-iron for me. And I just hit the shot. I got a good bounce, hit on the green and just rolled right in. So I guess it's a perfect shot."
Gainey fired a 1-under 70 for the day, which was aided by birdies on Nos. 3 and 12. The eagle helped make up for a bogey on No. 16 and a double bogey on No. 4.
"I hit the ball pretty well," he said. "I just had one bad hole, just making a double on No. 4. Just can't go after the pin and I went after the pin."
"You know, 18's the most trouble hole, especially with that new back tee box," he added. "So I'm pretty happy to have a deuce on that hole, which somebody has to work to get another one there."
NISBET STARTS FAST, FADES
Daniel Nisbet, in the field as 2012 Players Amateur champion, birdied his first hole Thursday before struggling the rest of the way.
The Australian, who turned professional not long after his victory at Berkeley Hall last July, made bogey on four of the next six holes after his initial birdie. He finished at 76, 12 shots behind leader Brian Davis.
Nisbet is in a group at 5 over with fellow Aussies Robert Allenby and Greg Chalmers.
Gainey wasn't the only golfer to card an eagle Thursday, as former Georgia Bulldog Justin Bolli earned one of his own with a hole-out on the par-5 15th to temporarily move to 3 under for the day. ... Matt Every found himself at 4 under after the turn before a double bogey on No. 10 and a triple bogey on No. 14 dropped him down the leaderboard. He ended his day with another bogey on No. 18 to finish at 2-over 73. ... Former Bluffton resident and Berkeley Hall touring pro Kyle Stanley also shot a 2-over 73, as two birdies were wiped out by a double bogey on No. 13. ... Savannah's Brian Harman shot an even-par 71, carding three birdies on the afternoon.