Who will win the Plaid Jacket? RBC Heritage Preview

Wow, I cannot believe we have to watch more golf after what we witnessed last Sunday. It simply will not be the same. Nor will any golf tournament for that matter. Last Sunday will be a heroic, distant memory that will be imprinted in our minds forever. The big question: where were you when Tiger won his 15th major? It will be asked among the masses as we all try to relive that special moment.

However, we move forward with an awesome event this week in Hilton Head. Let’s dive into it.

History:

Last year, we had a playoff off between Satoshi Kodaira and former players champ  Si-Woo Kim. The result was a first PGA tour victory for Satoshi Kodaira.

One of the more exciting moments at this tournament was when Kuuuuch holed out on 18 to win.

 

Course:

18th at Harbor Town

The 18th hole at Habor Town is definitely one of the more iconic finishing holes on tour. Almost stretching 500 yards!! It’s a very difficult finishing hole that requires 4 solid golf The wind is always blowing into players faces and provides a VERY hard fairway to hit. It’s no 12 at Augusta, but there will be some players swimming on this hole.

It’s a Pete Dye design that stretches almost 7,099 yards and is known for finesse and imagination versus strength. This is why we have seen some shorter hitters win here in the past I.E GMac, Wesley Bryan, Kuchar.

Hot take: Augusta National and Harbor Town are very similar. Hear me out.  Last week ANGC had long, big fairways but were tight with the way they positioned bunkers and slopes of fairways. Greens were large at Augusta and small at Harbor Town, but you had to be so concise as to which quadrant you were hitting to on the green.  In a way, Augusta is good preparation for this week

The Field:

We are back to a regular PGA tour field compared to The Masters. Despite last week’s event, we see some very solid players in the field: Molinari, Jordan Spieth, DJ, Kuuuch, Kisner, Xander, Fleetwood, Cantley, and Furyk. I know RBC carries a big sponsorship name with a lot of guys on the tour which draw them to this event but Harbor Town is a world-class golf course. I expect an exciting finish this week.

Predictions:

Winner: Ride with the hot hand this week. I think Kevin Kisner will win it. Didn’t show up at Masters on the weekend but he has the game to play well here.

Dark Horse: My dark horse is VERY, VERY dark but a guy who has arguably the best 150 and in game on tour. Former world number 1, Luke Donald. He has been grinding for the past couple years to get back in the winner circle. This course is right up his alley and will demand the short game to compete.

Winning Score: -12

 

Coverage:

Thursday: 3pm – 7pm Golf Channel

Friday: 3pm – 7pm Golf Channel

Saturday: 3:00pm – 7pm NBC

Sunday: 3:00pm – 7pm NBC