The cure for your Masters hangover is this week’s RBC Heritage. Just a short drive away from Augusta National in Hilton Head, The Heritage annually ranks among the favorite stops for players because of its laidback atmosphere and terrific golf course. This year, the tournament will be headlined by RBC Ambassadors Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker along with last year’s champion Branden Grace and young English star Tyrrell Hatton. Full field and tee times
Grace’s maiden triumph
It was an uneventful Sunday as Branden Grace blew away the field, shooting a final-round 66 to win by two shots over Luke Donald and Russell Knox. It was Grace’s first win on the PGA Tour and tenth worldwide and he shared headlines with Bryson DeChambeau who was making his first professional start notching at t4th finish and setting the golf world in Bryson mania.
This week’s course is the 1969 Pete Dye designed Harbour Town Golf Links. The course has stood the test of time and also served as an early inspiration to one of the era’s greatest architects, Tom Doak. Harbour Town is an atypical PGA Tour course as rather than challenging players with length, it tests strategy, patience and precision. The tiny greens force players to hit shots in certain places in order to setup the proper angle to attack flags. The majority of holes don’t take driver out of the equation but those who decide to play aggressively and miss will face steep penalties.
Storylines to watch
Campos goes for three in a row
Puerto Rico’s Rafa Campos entered the season with just conditional status on the Web.com Tour, guaranteeing him no starts. He received a sponsor’s exemption into his home tournament, the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open, and was able make the most of the opportunity finishing t10th and earning a place in the next PGA Tour event, the Shell Houston Open. At the SHO, Campos again finished inside the top ten, this time a t7th, earning him a spot in this week’s Heritage. Biway of his two top tens, Campos is moving towards earning special temporary membership, but if his streak ends, he has earned a spot in the Web.com Tour Finals and has a clear path to the Tour.
European stars Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett, Russell Knox and Rafa Cabrera-Bello all had high hopes for the Masters but unfortunately missed the cut. In particular, look for precise ball-strikers Hatton and Cabrera-Bello to get back to their contending ways.
Comin’ in hot
Unlike the aforementioned Euros, Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Martin Kaymer and Russell Henley look to ride their momentum coming off strong performances at last week’s Masters.
There are a lot of factors at play with the Heritage including locals, course history, who’s hot and who’s not. Paulie has analyzed it all and here’s who he likes for Draftkings and your one and done leagues.
Phil or Ernie?
Two generational talents and players. Many suggest without second thought that Phil is second to only Tiger, but when you look at the numbers they tell a different story. Take a look at why Ernie Els might be the second best player of the Tiger generation here.
The Euro Tour is back
After a couple of weeks hiatus, the European Tour is back for the annual Trophée Hassan II in Morocco. The field’s top ranked player is three time European Tour winner Jeunghun Wang and he will look to earn his fourth title against veterans such as Gregory Bourdy, Alexander Levy and Jamie Donaldson as well as youngsters Thomas Detry, Paul Dunne and Romaine Langasque.
Michelle Wie looks to continue her hot play at the LPGA’s LOTTE Championship.
SB2k17 is underway, if you want to follow along check out their Snapchat handles - Rickie Fowler: RickieFowler15 Justin Thomas: JLThomas34 and Smylie Kaufman: Smylie_Kaufman
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