After a great week at the Masters, the PGA Tour moves on to Hilton Head Island and the Harbour Town Golf Links for the traditional post-Masters tournament. There’s not the tradition of the Masters, to be sure, but the RBC Heritage has a solid field this year and should lead to another great weekend of golf.
Last weekend was especially good to “Reserve Master” who put up a victorious 206 in his return to our Fantasy Golf group (you can join us here). He had Masters champion Adam Scott in all four rounds as well as Tiger and Dustin Johnson who both finished in the top 15. Most of the favorites struggled at Augusta which resulted in low scores for many of us, but hopefully this week we can bounce back at Harbour Town.
Here’s the picks I’m going with in the Yahoo three-list format:
Brandt Snedeker: Sneds crumbled in the last round but his t6 was still his best showing since he missed time with an injury earlier this year. He won the RBC two years ago and has three top-3 finishes this year already. I don’t expect a hangover from Sunday, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Sneds is wearing another tartan jacket on Sunday.
Brian Davis: Davis would be a great story if he can make a run after his runner-up finish involving a rules violation in the playoff in 2010. He’s coming off back-to-back top 30’s in Texas including a t6 in Houston. Davis has finished runner-up five times in his career but is still searching for his first PGA Tour win.
Jim Furyk: Furyk seems to consistently be around the leaderboard recently and whenever the tour heads to Harbour Town. His shot-making makes this course a great fit for him as he showed by winning in 2011. He has been in the top 10 in six of his last nine trips to Hilton Head and finished with a t25 last week at Augusta.
Luke Donald: Donald never really was able to climb into contention at the Masters but finished t25 after a closing 72. He has three top three finishes in this event, although last year he finished t37. Donald is a fairly safe pick to make the cut and could win if he can get his putter going.
Ernie Els: The genial South African had a solid t13 last week with a great final round of 69 to finish -1. His t13 matches his finish in the Northern Trust Open for his best finish of the season. Since you don’t need to kill it off the tee to win at Harbour Town, he has a solid chance since he’s finished in the top 10 here seven times in his career. His recent results haven’t been great, but Els is playing well and could be on the leaderboard on Sunday.
David Lynn: My sleeper pick of the week, Lynn has had a solid first season on the PGA Tour. Like pretty much every event this season, this is his first trip to Harbour Town, but he’s coming off a solid week at the Masters where he opened with a 68 and would have been in contention if a third-round 80 hadn’t derailed him.
Jason Day: Day has been one of my picks all year, but I didn’t have him last week when he played exceptionally well in Augusta. Two years ago he tied for ninth at the Heritage and hopefully he can continue his momentum from Augusta into the rest of the season.
Stewart Cink: With a bit of a Renaissance on Tour this year, Cink has four top 25’s including a t6 in Houson three weeks ago. He’s a two-time champion at this event, winning in 2000 and 2004.