RBC Heritage – Fantasy Golfanac

Course Details

Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
7,100 yards – Par 71 – TifEagle Bermudagrass Greens
Course Architect: Pete Dye

Tournament Stimpmeter: 11 ft. … Slower than average green speeds
Green Sizes: 3,700 sq. feet .. Smallest Green Sizes on TOUR
Strength of Field Rating: ~340 … Average Field Strength
Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~66% … Easy Fairways
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): ~57% … 2nd Hardest to Hit Greens on TOUR
Driving Distance (Field Average): 265 yards … Shortest Driving Distance on TOUR

Tournament Angles

#1 Bermuda Greens
#2 Less-than-Driver Courses
#3 Short Courses
#4 Windy Rounds
#5 Hard GIR Courses
#6 Par 71 Courses
#7 Pete Dye Courses
#8 Easy Fairway Courses

Previous Winners

2015: Jim Furyk -18 over Kevin Kisner in a playoff
2014: Matt Kuchar -11 over Luke Donald -10
2013: Graeme McDowell -9 over Webb Simpson in a playoff
2012: Carl Pettersson -14 over Zach Johnson -9
2011: Brandt Snedeker -12 over Luke Donald in a playoff
2010: Jim Furyk -13 over Brian Davis in a playoff

54-Hole Leaders

2015: Troy Merritt -14
2014: Luke Donald -8
2013: Charley Hoffman -11
2012: Carl Pettersson -12
2011: Luke Donald -11
2010: Jim Furyk -11

36-Hole Leaders

2015: Troy Merritt -12
2014: Ben Martin, Jim Furyk, K.J. Choi -5
2013: Kevin Streelman, Charley Hoffman, Steve LeBrun -6
2012: Colt Knost -9
2011: Luke Donald -10
2010: Jim Furyk, Charles Howell III, Greg Owen -7

Fantasy Feud Golf Contests

Course Horses… Since 2010

Luke Donald… 15th-2nd-3rd-37th-2nd-3rd
Jim Furyk… 1st-7th-42nd-8th-21st-1st
Matt Kuchar… 5th-1st-35th-44th-21st-14th
Carl Pettersson… 26th-89th-35th-1st-30th-35th
Rory Sabbatini… 77th-9th-9th-17th-14th
Webb Simpson… 51st-2nd-52nd-14th-14th
Jerry Kelly… 18th-31st-5th-29th-36th-59th
Pat Perez… 26th-18th-18th-6th

Important Interview Quotes

Q. As a former champion here, obviously you play well on this golf course. What’s the biggest key to have success here?
You just have to stay really patient. You have to position the ball well at times. You have to be really aware of the wind on this golf course. It’s tough to pick them out on the back nine today. There’s some really tough shots on this golf course. And you’ve just got to pick your targets and flight the ball as well as you can. Some good memories and some good visuals for me on this golf course, and it was nice to plug back into some of those and make a few birdies. -2015

Q. Do you think your success today was because of the familiarity and the success you had here two years ago?
Yeah, you know, I’ve been working really hard the last four or five weeks, especially. I’ve been grinding. Been frustrated with my game. Been trying to sort of get some good shot patterns kind of bedded in, and good to come back here and have some good memories and good visuals on this golf course. A golf course that doesn’t demand length off the tee. It demands positioning. It demands ball flight control. I did that well today. And like I said, the greens are good to me here. I enjoy them and putted well today. -2015

Q. This has to be a special place for you to play here in the state of South Carolina?
Yeah, the only event in my home state. We don’t get many home events, so to speak, on the Tour, because we’re traveling throughout the country. So anytime you have that local Clemson support and South Carolina support is good.

And I also like you have to think your way around this place. Just hitting it in the fairway sometimes isn’t necessary, you have to be on the right side of the fairway. I like courses where you’ve got to manage your way around and think your way around. -2015

Q. Wondering if you were surprised that the scores aren’t actually a little bit lower?
I haven’t seen the scoreboard. But it’s not an easy golf course. I wish we played more golf courses like it. You get out of position, you’re not going to make par. There’s no way around it. You get on the wrong side of the greens, you can’t get it up and down unless you’re holing a 20-footer. You hit it into the woods, you chip it out, there’s no gap to get you to the greens. So you have to drive it well and you have to be really precise where you miss your irons. We’ve got difficult par-3s with water around them, and swirling wind against trees, it makes it difficult. -2015

Q. And a little more specifically about your discomfort with greens on the West Coast versus the Bermuda and the stuff here?
This is just what I grew up on. Guys that are from the West Coast complain by the grain, and I don’t even look at grain here. So I just putt like I’ve always putted. And I guess that’s why I’m not very good on the poa annua, and they laugh at me out there. -2015

Q. What do you like about this golf course?
I like the small greens, which kind of puts a premium on your iron play. -2015

Q. How many drivers did you hit today?
I can’t remember. I think five, six times. -2015

Q. You went to school out here, How many times roughly do you think you’ve probably played here?
I don’t know. A few dozen. -2015

Q. You said this was your favorite event. Would you mind expanding on that. And your thoughts on Harbour Town Golf Links?
I love the golf course. I base most of my events around the golf course. It suits my game. It suits my style. I tend to either play really well here or miss the cut. And it’s because if you’re not placing the ball exactly where you want it, if you don’t have control of the golf ball here, it’s going to eat your lunch. If you do, if you put the ball in the right spots, you’re going to have short irons into the greens. You’re going to have some good looks for birdies and you can shoot some good numbers.
My game when I’m playing well, is based on really control, and hitting a lot of fairways, and I’m comfortable working the ball left to right, right to left, high, low. -2015

Q. Honda, tough golf course; Sony, a tight golf course; even going back to the Web.com, that week, you remember the courses set up pretty tough and everything. Is this a pattern that you seem to play better when courses are difficult?
Sometimes I do (laughter). I can think of a lot where I haven’t played very well.
Yeah, I grew up on a tree-lined course. I feel like I can see the shot a little bit better when there’s big trees lining the fairways. I love Hilton Head. I love playing that one.

Yeah, I think like the Sony is such a simple course, and everything is very narrow. I feel like maybe that narrows my focus a little bit. I haven’t really figured out what it is, but I do enjoy playing the tighter ones, for sure.

Quotes from ASAPsports.com unless otherwise noted.

Tournament Notes

2016: The course was shut down for a five-month period following the 2015 edition for a turf overhaul, “Greens received a fresh covering in TifEagle Bermuda, the same breed used at Harbour Town since 2001, while the rest was covered in Celebration Bermuda that thrives better in warm weather.” –Island Packet

2015: Course received two and a half inches of rain on Wednesday night and a bit more throughout the week to soften the course. Wind was also much lighter than previous editions, which is generally one of the courses main defenses. Likely a big reason why the greens were easier to hit and the scoring relative-to-par was a shot easier than it typically plays.

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