RBC Heritage Preview
One week after the first Major of the year, the PGA Tour heads to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.
A quick recap of last weeks Masters.
Patrick Reed claimed his maiden Major championship, with a virtuoso performance. He shot four under par rounds, but it was his rounds on Friday and Saturday that really set up his win.
There were a couple of notable performances from other players, Rickie Fowler came close to claiming his first Major and Jordan Spieth threw everything at Reed on Sunday, coming from way back to shoot -8 and push the eventual winner all the way.
Moving forward to the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, it feels as if there is slight throwback at this tournament. It has stood the test of time.
Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus designed the course and it is evident that one of the finest players in the game was involved in this design. Off the tee you have to be very accurate, on most holes you are forced into hitting it on a certain side of the fairway. If you do not do this there is a very high chance that you will not have a view of the green and will have to shape your next shot around trees. These narrow, tree-lined fairways mean that players cannot play the same way that you would normally see on the PGA tour, they will have to plot their way around this course, taking much less than driver to ensure that they hit the right area.
With lots of talk recently about the ball “damaging golf at all levels” this tournament and course highlights that there are other areas that the governing bodies can use to restrict players from bombing driver everywhere. Clever course design, small greens, tight fairways, water, difficult angles off the tee and deep bunkers, can force players to play a certain way and level the playing field.
Some of the games in-form players are teeing it up this week at Harbour Town. World number one Dustin Johnson is in the field, he will be looking to get a win after a disappointing Masters. Cameron Smith, who finished the Masters in T-5, is starting to show he has what it takes at this level. And with many other Major champions on show this week, it is sure to be a fun week on tour.
Tips For The Week
Martin Kaymer: Although he has only just come back from a wrist injury, he is a good iron player and putts very well, so he could be one to watch this week.
Webb Simpson: He has had his problems since winning the 2012 US Open, which wasn’t helped by the ban on anchored putters, but he is currently 41st on the FedEx cup and looks to have turned the corner.
Luke Donald: The former World number one always plays well around this course. It plays to his strengths of good iron play, sharp short game and a dangerous putter. Can he continue his record around this course?
Paul Casey: At one point he was -9 for his final round at the Masters. He is one of the finest iron players in the world and if he can continue his form he will be near the top of the leaderboard.