2020 RBC Heritage Preview

After a wild finish in the first event back, the next stop is Hilton Head, South Carolina for the RBC Heritage.

This week’s event is taking place at Harbour Town GL. Like Foster mentioned in his course preview yesterday, this place is a delight. I’m a sucker for a driveable par-4 and it should be interesting to see what players do on both the ninth and 13th holes.

HOW TO WATCH
Thursday
PGA Tour Live: 6:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Friday
PGA Tour Live: 6:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Sunday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

THE FIELD
Once again the field stacked with EIGHT of the top-10 players teeing it up, including each of the top-five (No. 1 Rory, No. 2 Rahm, No. 3 JT, No. 4 Brook & No. 5 DJ). This will be the case for next week to in Hartford, but all eyes are on TW and when the Big Cat is going to make his return.

With such a stacked field we have plenty of firepower on Thursday and Friday with star-studded groups. Check out the blogfrom yesterday talking about the featured groups.

Some groups that I did not mention there, but could provide some entertainment are:

Kevin Kisner, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson
These three are not long hitters, but some of the best ball strikers. Can Spieth keep his upward trend? Kisner is accurate off the tee and can roll it with the best of them. ZJ is ZJ. I can’t believe this guy has won two majors! He won at Augusta in 2007 and his last win was The Open at the Old Course in 2015. Never forget this EPIC practice swing….

Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Bernard Langer
Hop in the DeLorean, slam that gas pedal until you hit 88 mph and let’s go back to the early 90s. This group has combined for 139 wins on the PGA Tour and European Tour, including NINE majors. On a course that neutralizes distance in some aspects these guys could make some noise. Also, Langer has won 41 times (11 majors) on the PGA Champions Tour. That’s second all-time and insane.

TOURNEY HISTORY
Historically, the course has rewarded accuracy off the tee and proximity to the hole. Matt Kuchar (Who I might be able to outdrive) won here in 2014 and finished second last year. Luke Donald (former world No. 1 and not a long hitter by any means) finished second here in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Last year’s winner, CT Pan, ranked 167th on tour in driving distance (285 yards) took down the field with a score of 12-under. Will the big dogs be able to buck the trend in the Palmetto State?

WHO DO WE HAVE WINNING IT ALL
Steve:
This is the week, guys. This is the week. I’m going Rory McIlroy. He’s going to prove the haters wrong on Sunday and come-from-behind to win. My promise to you is that I will not pick anyone else until McIlroy wins. I have -14 as the winning score. Each of the last three winners have had to get to double-digits under par to win.

CWalks: I’m going with Gary Woodland, and not for any particular reason other than I’m feeling it.  He didn’t play at the RBC last year, so I legit have no idea how he will handle Harbour Town, but I will say, it seems like Gary runs in streaks. When he starts playing good golf it usually isn’t short lived.  He finished in the top-10 last week at Colonial and I’m willing to bet he’s feeling good about his game and we will see him in contention quite a bit in the upcoming weeks. 14 under. Too easy.

Foster: As much as I want to pick Jazz Janewattananond, I don’t think it’s quite his time yet. I do think it’s time for Matt Kuchar to avenge his runner-up finish last year and win his second Tartan jacket. -13 wins it for Kuch.

Who do you have throwing on the Tartan Jacket on Sunday?

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