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Leishman, Day rebound from Masters disappointment

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After just one round of the RBC Heritage, both Marc Leishman and Jason Day have dispelled any notion of a hangover effect following their near misses at the Masters.

Paired together by tournament organizers for the first two rounds this week, the Aussies both set aside the disappointment of Sunday's finish and once again jumped to the first page of a tournament leaderboard, this time at Harbour Town. After matching, bogey-free rounds of 4-under 67, the pair moved into a share of second place, trailing only leader Brian Davis and his 6-under 65 when they signed their scorecards.


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Day, who finished alone in third place at Augusta National, just two shots out of a playoff, began his round on the 10th hole Thursday and quickly notched birdies at both 12 and 15. Leishman, who joined Tiger Woods in a tie for fourth Sunday at the season's first major, began more slowly, with only one birdie across his first nine holes. He heated up after a birdie on the par-4 first, his 10th hole, adding two more birdies at Nos. 5 and 8. In total, the duo combined for only three scores higher than a 4 on any hole Thursday, with neither player dropping a shot on the par-71 layout.

While the Australian duo may have avoided a Masters hangover thus far, 2011 Heritage champion Brandt Snedeker was not as fortunate Thursday. Snedeker, who tied for sixth at Augusta, made four bogeys in a five-hole stretch mid-way through his round, ultimately carding a 2-over 73 to fall eight shots off the early pace.