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"I said, 'I imagine y'all are here to watch Drew, right?'" Heintz said. "They kind of laughed and felt bad that they weren't there to watch me. I relayed to them that one of my career goals was to get where I'm good enough where someone might actually go to a golf course, pick up a pairing sheet and say, 'I'll follow Bob Heintz's group today.'
"That's kind of a vague career goal, but they started to tease me about that as the day went on -- 'I guess I'll follow you now.' I'd rather have attention than, you know, have nobody know who I was."
Heintz and Laird bested the course's previous opening-round mark of 64 shared by four players, most recently Lee Elder and Tom Weiskopf in 1973.
Four years after that, the tournament moved 15 miles across town to Forest Oaks Country Club, and it was held there from 1977-2007 before organizers this year brought the event back to Sedgefield.
Brandt Snedeker, whose first career PGA Tour victory came at Forest Oaks last year, finished his opening round three strokes off the lead.
"This golf course actually sets up better for me than Forest Oaks did," Snedeker said. "This is more of a placement-off-the-tee kind of golf course and hitting the greens and making some putts. ... Forest Oaks was more of a shootout, see how many birdies you can make. If you hit it long, you had an advantage. Over here, you don't. You've got to place it around the golf course, which is kind of more suited to my game."
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