My driving must improve - Poulter

19 June 2020 18:58:25 GMTPlus10

Ian Poulter shot a brilliant seven-under-par 64 on Thursday to move into an early share of the RBC Heritage lead but he admitted an improvement is needed off the tee box if he is going to don the tartan jacket on Sunday.

Pouter, who hasn't won since the 2018 Houston Open, handled the tight and tricky Harbour Town Golf Links course superbly, racking up seven birdies in a blemish-free opening round to sit on -7.

The Englishman is sitting alongside American Mark Hubbard with the duo holding a slender one-shot advantage over Sebastian Munoz, Viktor Hovland, Michael Thompson, Webb Simpson, Brice Garnett and Dylan Frittelli.

US star Jordan Spieth made seven birdies on his back nine to sign for a five-under-par round of 66, joining Tony Finau, Matthew NeSmith, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Mackenzie Hughes and Erik van Rooyen in a six-way share of 10th on -5.

It was not such a good day for Northern Irishman and world number one Rory McIlroy, who signed for a one-over-par 71 and he is now 3001.00 to win the tournament after that disappointing start.

Although sitting in a share of the lead, Poulter, who has failed to finish in the top 10 in his last 15 starts, was not fully satisfied with his opening round and he revealed some practice at the driving range will be required ahead of Friday's play.

"Any time you shoot seven under par around this golf course, it's obviously a pretty solid day," he said. "I feel that I didn't hit it that well off the tee, so I need to go straight to the range and address a few leaky right tee shots."

Poulter is 751.00 to win the RBC Heritage, while Spieth and Hovland are priced at 4001.00 and 2001.00 respectively to claim the spoils.

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