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RBC Heritage: Expert Picks

Going with a past winner

RBC Heritage - Final Round Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Tournament Information

RBC Heritage Open
Date: April 17th - 21st
Course: Harbour Town Golf Links
Purse - $6.9MM ($1.2MM to winner)
FedEx points – 500 to winner
2018 Winner: Satoshi Kodairi (-12)

Course

Harbour Town Golf - Built in 1967 by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, this 7,100 par 71 course has extravagant beauty running up against the Atlantic Ocean. The narrow fairways force golfers into the thick Bermuda roughs which are tough to navigate (some are Rye). This course forces golfers to be patient and not force shots. Water traps lie around many of the greens and wind off the ocean can cause havoc on shots.

PGA TOUR - 2007 Verizon Heritage - Final Round Continuation - April 16, 2007 Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images

My Starting 4

Satoshi Kodaira (1st selection this year) — I rarely do this but I'm going with last year’s winner. He has three straight missed cuts and I feel like he had moments at the Masters where he looked good, rolling the dice here.

Matt Kuchar (4th selection this year) — Not too far from where he grew up, Matt Kuchar does well at RBC and he’s red hot in his recent play

Xander Schauffele (1st selection this year) — He looked so good at the Masters last week, let’s see if it carries to RBC just one state over. I mean he was one stroke away from winning the Masters.

Luke Donald (1st selection this year) — Top 15 finishes in three of the last four years here. There is risk here, he is either a top 10 finisher or misses the cut, luckily he has strong familiarity in this course.

My Bench 2

Ollie Schniederjans (1st selection this year) — He finished 3rd here two years ago. 7th in driving distance and finished in the top 20 just a few weeks ago at the Players Championship.

Corey Conners (1st selection this year) — Won at the Valero Texas Open and had three respectable Masters rounds before a 76 on Sunday, riding the hot hand here


2019 Stats

Starting 4: Avg Finish 43rd place (34th percentile)
Bench 2: Avg Finish 54th place (42nd percentile)