South Africa’s Branden Grace came out on top at last year’s RBC Heritage. Who will follow in his footsteps and take it this time around?
The RBC Heritage will have to go some to match last week’s golf. The thrilling Masters duel between newly-minted major champion Sergio Garcia and runner-up Justin Rose provided enough golf excitement to last us a long time, but there are no weeks off on the PGA Tour.
Much like the Masters, this week’s RBC Heritage is an event steeped in tradition and held on a classic course, making it a natural follow-up to the year’s first major.
Harbour Town Golf Links will play host to 131 golfers this week, less than that of a regular event. That’s because the RBC Heritage is one of the PGA Tour’s five special invitational tournaments, which have smaller fields and more discretion over who gets in. For that reason, some of the less prominent players in the reshuffle will have to wait until the Valero Texas Open, starting on April 20, to tee it up again.
Despite this tournament’s exclusivity, though, this year’s field isn’t particularly strong. Many of the biggest draws in the game have set aside this week for some rest and relaxation, and after weeks of meticulous preparation for the Masters, you can’t really blame them. It’s their loss, though — Harbour Town is an outstanding Pete Dye design that places a huge emphasis on fairways and greens, a refreshing change of pace from what we usually see in the modern game.
Which players are the best bets for success at the RBC Heritage? Without further ado, let’s go ten deep. Each player’s current position in the FedEx Cup is listed next to his name.