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Collin Morikawa back in the mix at RBC Heritage after strong Masters showing

Collin Morikawa rebounded from his Masters disappointment by opening the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage tournament with an impressive six-under 65 in the first round on Thursday.

Meanwhile, J.T. Poston seized the lead after a stellar performance, carding an eight under-par 63 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Morikawa, who had been trailing just a stroke behind eventual Masters champion Scottie Scheffler before Sunday's final round at Augusta, ultimately finished tied for third place after posting a two-over 74.

Nevertheless, Morikawa's good form and confidence continued, with his scorecard only marred by a bogey on the par-4 11th hole.

"It was very solid. The one bogey made, didn't even hit that bad of an approach shot, and I think it clipped the tree and somehow bounced 25 yards to the right," said Morikawa.

"For the most part, it's just a continuation and just trust of what I've been working on, especially kind of over this past week and a half.

"It's a nice little groove to be in, and hopefully we can keep this going throughout the rest of this week," he said.

Starting his round with a stumble, World No 1 Scottie Scheffler faced adversity with a double bogey on the third hole but managed to regroup, finishing with a respectable two-under 69.

Reflecting on his performance, the now two-time Masters champion admitted that transitioning back to competition mode after the whirlwind of excitement from the previous week had its challenges.

"I tried to give myself an extra little bit of grace, I would say, on the course today just because yeah, emotionally a little bit drained. Mentally definitely a bit drained," he said.

"I feel like I had more energy now than I did at the beginning of the day waking up to go play golf, if that makes sense. I think getting into the tournament, hitting some shots, getting a bit frustrated, getting a bit excited about my finish there, all good emotions to feel. It's nice to be kind of back into tournament mode," he said.

Sweden's Ludvig Aberg, who secured the runner-up position behind Scheffler at Augusta, maintained his outstanding form with a solid 66, placing him three strokes behind Poston.

The 24-year-old showcased his skill with an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole, executing a remarkable two-iron approach followed by sinking an eight-foot putt.

"My focus shifted right when I got here. We were trying to make sure that last week was last week and this week was this week. But obviously last week is still something I look back on with a smile," he said.


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