Jason Day and Marc Leishman kept the Australian flag flying high at the RBC Heritage.

Four days after countryman Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, Day and Leishman shot 4-under 67s and trailed leader Brian Davis by two strokes Thursday after the first round on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Davis lost a playoff to Jim Furyk in 2010 at Harbour Town Golf Links after calling a penalty on himself.

This time, the Englishman birdied eight of his final 14 holes for a 65 to pull past Day and Leishman, who were back in contention after falling short Sunday at Augusta National.

Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman posted 66s, while Johnson Wagner also shot 67.

Day and Leishman can't make history for their country at the RBC Heritage -- only enhance it. Several Aussies have won at Harbour Town, including Greg Norman.

"For a population that is around 23 million people in Australia," Day says, "we do pretty well in sports."

Davis was toe-to-toe with Furyk three years ago until he brushed a loose reed with his club in the marsh area left of the 18th green.

He immediately called the infraction, which essentially gave Furyk the title.

"I'd like to do something else in this tournament so I don't get remembered just for that," he said, chuckling.

  • Guan Tianlang accepted an invitation to play in the Zurich Classic from April 25-28 in Avondale, La. The 14-year-old had planned to return to China -- and to school -- after his appearance at Augusta National.

    LPGA Tour: Suzann Pettersen had three back-nine birdies at wind-swept Ko Olina to take the second-round lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii.

    She shot a 3-under 69 in the afternoon to reach 10-under 134. Defending champion Ai Miyazato was a shot back after a 68 in the morning.

    Local favorite Michelle Wie followed her opening 70 with a 76. With the late groups still on the course, she was expected to make the cut by a stroke.