The 29-year-old carded a 4-under 67 at Barefoot Resorts Pete Dye course and leads Michael Henderson by one stroke. Canadians Derek Gillespie, Philip Jonas and David Hearn, as well as defending champion Scott Ford, are at 2-under.
Strong winds blowing in off the Atlantic added another element to the already-intimidating Dye layout, but Harrison used some key putts to move into top spot. The Tour rookie hit 10 of 14 fairways Thursday, and needed just ten putts on his front nine and 25 overall.
Putting, thats all it was today, admitted Harrison when asked how he managed the 7,257-yard par-71 Dye course. I just tried to keep the ball in play. I wouldnt say I hit it close all day, but I put it in the right spot to set me up for some putts. If you miss getting it in the right spot out here, it could get dangerous.
Playing his fifth hole of the day, the 581-yard, par-5 14th, Harrison, who was 2-under to that point, canned a 30-foot par putt that kept the momentum in his favor. On a day when just 14 of the 154 players shot under par, momentum was hard to come by.
I scrambled on that hole, but I was able to save par, added Harrison, who lives in San Diego, Calif. That really got me going. From there on in, I was able to settle down.
After some early-season triumphs by Americans Steve Scott, Hank Kuehne, Jeff Quinney and Jimmy Walker, the top of the leaderboard is dotted with Canadians for the second straight week. Rob McMillan won his third Tour event at the Barefoot Classic last week, while David Hearn of wound up third. McMillans victory is something Harrison feels he and his fellow Canadians should be able to feed off.
Robbie winning last week is a big boost to all of us. A few of us Canadian boys were sitting around the other night, and we thought, Lets get this thing going. Its a big deal for a Canadian to win on this Tour, especially with all the big guns out here.