SnoTapWI PGA Preview: RBC Heritage
PGA Tour gets going for their second tournament since being back from COVID-19. This time, the tour finds itself in South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. Typically, they play this tournament after The Masters, therefore, a good group of people does not play this tournament. Not the case this year. It is loaded with major winners and winners on the PGA Tour. Let’s hope we can be a little bit better than we were last week.
As noted, it is in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It is played at Harbour Town Links, and it is a Pete Dye course. Those that are unfamiliar with golf, Dye is one of the premier designers in the United States. This is a short course yet again for the players. Harbour Town has some of the smallest greens on the PGA Tour. Players are going to have to be straight and accurate to make some noise this weekend.
Golfers to watch
Bryson DeChambeau – All eyes will be fixated on the young kid from Dallas. He had a massive coming-out party last week driving the ball 350+ yards. As noted, this is not the course for that. DeChambeau has played well here in the past, but how are we supposed to take that? The old Bryson went with two top fives, but will this new version be able to reign it in?
Justin Thomas – The idea of JT is an intriguing option this week. He isn’t a guy that courses are built for him. Rather he tends to do well almost anywhere. Thomas went low the first three days then meandered to finish tied for 10th. Don’t be surprised if Thomas finds himself around the top of the leaderboard again.
Patrick Reed – Lost in the shuffle of the weekend was Reed playing some really good golf. He finished with a 66 on Sunday and found himself with a top-five finish. Reed’s game isn’t exactly built for Harbour Town, but he is a great chipper plus if the putter gets going, he could contend yet again.
Matt Kuchar – This might be the chalk pick of the week. Just like Webb Simpson was last week (By the way, Simpson can contend again this week). Kuchar has been great at Harbour Town for this career. He hasn’t finished worse than T14. My only contention with guys’ past performance here and last week is the fields are entirely different. This is a major-like field, not the week after The Masters’ field. Kuchar contended with the big boys before, but it is a word of caution.
Brian Stuard – This name might not be a familiar one to you, but Brian Stuard is one to consider in terms of taking a flyer on. He finished with a 64 on Sunday. Sometimes, it is overblown what a Sunday round can do for you, but he is one of the most accurate golfers on the tour. This course fits Stuard perfectly.
J.T. Poston – He had a great week at The Colonial. It would not surprise me to see another one from him. It is always nervy to ride a guy after a hot week. But this course fits what he’s trying to do out there. Poston does have a top 10 in his name at Harbour Town.
Let’s go with Patrick Reed. My first lean was Thomas, but after thinking through it a bit, my choice is Reed. This course doesn’t exactly suit him well, but he uses the momentum of last week to get it done at Harbour Town.