2019 RBC Heritage Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

One may think that being slotted the week following the Masters is one of the toughest draws on the annual PGA Tour tournament calendar, but the RBC Heritage isn’t just any regular tournament.  In fact, in a few years ago Golf Digest did a poll among PGA Tour players and the host course Harbour Town ranked 2nd among player favorites on Tour, behind only- you guessed it- Augusta National.  Let me repeat that- Harbour Town ranked SECOND place!  Ahead of Bay Hill, Memorial, East Lake, Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach, Riviera and so many other top notch spots the Tour visits each year.

Harbour Town is a prime example of why it doesn’t take a 7,500 yard monstrosity to host a competitive PGA Tour event.  One of the many things that makes Harbour Town great, is that at just a shade under 7,100 yards (after a few tees were stretched by architect Pete Dye in 2011), it demands that players work the ball both ways, hit it high and low, and literally use very club in their bags during the round.  Trees hang crowd the edges of fairways and greens and require players to strategically place tee shots to specific quadrants of the fairway in order to have proper angles into the green.  A tee shot on the wrong side of the fairway could mean being fully blocked out by overhanging trees, leading to punch and run or other captivating creativity.  Placement off the tee is paramount this week, not just the bomb and bash mentality that we see at all too many Tour events these days.

Harbour Town’s sharp doglegs and dime-sized greens require extreme precision, as a player could literally hit anything from a driver all the way down to a 6-iron off the tee on some holes (seriously, guys will hit 6-irons off some par 4 tees this week).  This is how you get creative and crafty precision-happy past champions like Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Payne Stewart, Nick Price, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Branden Grace and others.  It’s the definition of a course that requires actual strategy, not just brawn.

My picks last week for the Masters were not spectacular, but still pretty decent as Lockzilla Matt Kuchar finished t-12th, Semi-Flier Tony Finau was in contention all week and ultimately ended up t-5th and I also nailed Jordan Spieth as my Hosel-Rocket BUST as he never contended and finished a lowly t-21st.

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Kuchar t-12th)  
Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Finau t-5th) 
Jason Kokrak

Jason Kokrak

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Spieth t-21st) 
Francesco Molinari

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Sneds MC) 
Austin Cook

Austin Cook

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Joel Harrington
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