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Donald, Grace share 1st-round lead at RBC Heritage

  • Luke Donald, of England, reacts to his missed birdie putt on the ninth green during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    Luke Donald, of England, reacts to his missed birdie putt on the ninth green during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Branden Grace, of South Africa, chips onto the 16th green during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    Branden Grace, of South Africa, chips onto the 16th green during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jason Day, of Australia, watches his shot off the first tee during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    Jason Day, of Australia, watches his shot off the first tee during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Thursday, April 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)  (The Associated Press)

Former world No. 1 Luke Donald came back strong Thursday in the RBC Heritage after missing the Masters for the first time since 2004, shooting a 5-under 66 for a share the first-round lead with Branden Grace.

The current top-ranked player, Jason Day, looked as if he'd make it a trio on top, but settled for a 67 after taking an unplayable lie in a bunker at Harbour Towns' closing, lighthouse hole and making his lone bogey.

Day was tied with Matt Kuchar, David Lingmerth and Tony Finau.

Donald has always played well at Harbour Town, breaking par for the 23rd time in his past 29 rounds. The one thing he has yet to do here is win.