The RBC Heritage is a tournament that suits Shane Lowry’s game well.
The Irishman doesn’t bomb it off the tee, but he hits it well enough to contend most weeks and thrive at venues like this.
He picked up his third top-10 last year in his fifth start at the RBC Heritage.
Rounds of 66-72-65-69 (-12) netted him T-3rd. Lowry was in or near the lead for much of Sunday. Some poor shots coming in spoiled his chances at victory, but he still came out of the week with a six-figure check.
Add in a T-3rd (65-68-71-70) in 2019 and T-9th (70-65-72-66) in 2021 and his strong performances should outweigh the little bit of scar tissue he built up last year.
"“The way the course is set up, I like keeping the ball down under the trees,” Lowry was transcribed by ASAP Sports last year. “I think it kind of suits that. You need to kind of flight it around here, and that’s what I do well, keeping it down out of the wind.”"
Lowry comes to South Carolina in decent form. He missed two out of three cuts to open 2023 between the DP World Tour and PGA Tour, but has since made five straight stroke play cuts in a row.
That streak includes T-5th at the Honda Classic and T-16th last week at the Masters.
Lowry ranks 19th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained per round tee-to-green (1.047). He’s gaining strokes in every category, except for putting.
If he can get his 168th ranking closer to 63rd where he was last season, his short game and iron play could make Lowry more of a threat.
You know the Europeans would love that in a Ryder Cup year.