It’s a second invitational tournament of the year this weekend as the PGA Tour heads to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. Hosted at the lovely Harbour Town course, the event features a number of players keen to capitalise on their excellent performance at last week’s US Masters in Augusta. Keep reading for our preview of this weekend’s event.
Course favours those players good at hitting fairways
Created by Pete Dye, Harbour Town stretches just 7,101 yards. The likely winner will be a player who can play precisely off the tee and from the fairway, with recent winners those with good GIR and ‘fairways hit’ stats.
The general understanding to success in the Heritage is placement off the tee. Even lies in fairways could yield obstructed angles due to sharp turns and low-hanging tree limbs.
Masters stars in action again
It was a Masters debut to remember for 20 year old Jordan Spieth. For a brief time on Sunday it looked like Spieth might become the youngest man ever to win the tournament but the 40/1 shot ended up in second place after a terrific performance.
Spieth is back in action this week and finished T9 in his first appearance at the Heritage in 2013. If the youngster’s feet are back on the ground after his Augusta performance, he could well be one to watch at 13/1.
The co-favourite this weekend is a man we tipped for Masters glory and who fell agonisingly short. Matt Kuchar finished T5 at Augusta: his third top five finish in consecutive tournaments.
Seeing out a win could be Kuchar’s biggest issue right now considering he has scored no better than 72 in his last five final rounds. Still, he’s a man in form although the 13/1 on offer isn’t terribly generous.
Jim Furyk finished T14 at the Masters and is second in the all-time earnings list at the Heritage. He won the event in 2010, can boast two more second places and three more top 10 finishes. With a T6 and T14 in his last two tournaments he could go well at 19/1.
Some outsiders to consider
Zach Johnson has hit 71.49 per cent of fairways in his 39 rounds this season and his game looks a perfect fit for Harbour Town. He ranks 6th in driving accuracy, 15th in GIR and 13th in scrambling this season and already has a win in 2014 to his name.
Johnson shot a 68 last year on the way to a T48 finish but performed much better in 2012 when he finished in second place at 9 under par. At 24/1 he looks a great bet.
While it may not have been the most successful season for Luke Donald, the Englishman has a terrific record at Harbour Town with two second and two third places in the last five starts.
10 of Donald’s last 12 rounds have been under par, including an excellent 70 in his second round at Augusta and a 67 at the Valspar Championship in March when he finished T4.
It’s about time Donald won another PGA event and, at 19/1, this could be the one.
We’ve tipped Harris English once or twice this season and the 24 year old has enjoyed a good 2014. He has recorded top 20 finishes in five of his last seven events and has registered a win on the Tour this season. English is another man with excellent GIR stats and finished T8 at the Heritage on his debut in 2012. He’s certainly one we’re keeping an eye on at 33/1.
Finally, while Pat Perez might not be a household name the 38 year old has made 11 consecutive cuts on the Tour this season and has registered six top 20 finishes, including a T2 at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.
He finished T6 at the Heritage in 2011 and T18 last year. At 45/1, he’s a nice each-way chance.
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