The PGA Tour is headed down to Harbour Town. The Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina have hosted the Heritage since 1969 and is one of the most well-known courses on the tour. While it doesn’t have the tradition or style of the famed Green Jacket of Augusta, this week the players will be battling it out for the “Tartan Jacket.” The course itself is not long, but will challenge players to hit some of the smallest greens they’ll see on tour this year.
In our FantasyCPR group last week, TXRunner took the win with 171 points to take the early lead in the Spring Segment. Squatney Leather, winner of the winter segment, continues to hold the overall lead. You’re welcome to join our 15-player group, but be warned the competition is intense. I’m in the top 12 percent of the game but still in 9th overall in our group. Last week, my entry did ok with Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson collecting bonuses, but my Sunday score was rough with Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan putting up goose eggs as they struggled through the final round.
Here’s my picks for this week’s Heritage:
Matt Kuchar-Kuchar was tied for the lead momentarily Sunday and hasn’t missed a cut here in 7 appearances. He’s playing well and seems to always be around the top 10 every week.
Luke Donald-Donald lost to Brandt Snedeker in last year’s playoff. Finished with a 68 on Sunday at the Masters to get to a T32 after a tough opening round. He has done well on the course before and his shorter game won’t limit him at all on this course. He hits greens masterfully when he’s on. He won just a month ago at the Transitions Championship.
Bo Van Pelt-BVP ripped up Augusta National on Sunday carding a final round 64. He has 4 top 10s this year on tour and 3 top 15s at his event.
Brian Davis-Davis famously lost a couple years ago when he lost in the playoff after contacting the hazard with his club and giving himself the penalty. He’s a sentimental pick because of that, but he’s been playing well of late with back-to-back T4 in his last 2 tournaments
Fredrik Jacobson-Jacobson faded a bit Sunday but still finished in the top 20 at the Masters. It was his 3rd top 20 in 5 stroke-play events all of which were made cuts for the Swede. He finished t21, t22, and t12 in his last 3 appearances at Harbour Town.
Brandt Snedeker-Snedeker won last year (see spiffy coat above) and won earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open. He’s 8 for 8 in cuts made this year with 4 top 20s including a T19 last week at Augusta.
Jason Dufner-Dufner has top 30s in his last 4 stroke-play events and hasn’t missed a cut since the Sony in early January. He t14 last year at the Heritage although he has a inconsistent history here. As Bubba showed us last week though, current form is more important than history at the course most of the time.
Henrik Stenson-Stenson shot a forgettable 81 on Sunday fading all the way to t40 at the Masters. It was the first time he’d been oustside the top 25 in tour events this season. He missed the cut last year in his first appearance (as most rookies seem to at this event), but will look to rediscover the form that had him atop the leaderboard at Augusta before he tumbled on Sunday.