What a Masters Tournament we had last week! Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson were never in contention, Tiger Woods got a tough two stroke penalty assessed on an already tough break, for a four shot swing. Adam Scott was missing putts all day long by inches, but made the biggest two putts of his life when he needed to. Please don’t start the long-putter debate. Scott wasn’t exactly a magician with the long stick last week. He won it with his the rest of his bag, and he deserves the praise.
This week we have Masters hangover week. Since 2008, there have been 11 golfers that finished Top 10 in the Masters and then played in the Heritage the following week. Three of those golfers missed the cut at the Heritage, and their average finish has been 40th. It’s not impossible for golfers like Jason Day, Snedeker, Leishman or Kuchar to do well this week, but you better have a backup plan as well.
Group A: Jason Dufner is a safe play in Group A. He dominates before the cut, so make sure you get him in your lineups for Round 1 and 2. Brandt Snedeker is the favorite according to Vegas, but I don’t want to worry about his state of mind after a tough battle at the Masters last week. Brian Davis has four Top 25 finishes in the last five years here. Don’t be afraid to take a chance.
Group B: Luke Donald is the cream of the crop this week. He’s finished 3rd or better in three of the last four Heritage tournaments. This might be the week he gets his putting back on track. The big Swede, Carl Pettersson, won this thing last year, but was 30th or worse in the previous four tournaments at Harbour Town. Ricky Barnes ain’t nobody to write home about, but he has two Top 5 finishes on this course in the last three years. You hear that? Ricky Barnes is sleeping, don’t wake him up.
Group C: Jason Day is the obviously play in Group C, but he’s not exactly a safe play. How can we know what kind of effort he brings mentally after trying to gain and regain a lead at the Masters for two days. I may decide to avoid him altogether and go with some golfers that are in good form or horses for the course. Pat Perez is someone that has been right on the verge of regain his form, and this course might help. He’s finished Top 15 twice here. Brian Gay won this tourney by 10 strokes back in 2009. That kind of domination lets you know how he feels about this course.
|Expert||Keeper||Why the Pick?||YTD|
|The 19th Hole||Brandt Snedeker||He’s won this tournament in the past (2011). And considering how he looked on his way to a T6 at the Master’s after nearly 2 months of weekend golf he might be heading back to his dominant form he started the season with.||Avg Finish: 32nd|
|Future of Fantasy||Luke Donald||2nd, 3rd, 2nd... That was Donald's finishes here from 2009 to 2011. Should crawl back in the Top 10 this week.||Avg Finish: 32nd|
|Jake Gaer||Jim Furyk||2nd on the career earning list at Harbour Town. This course requires accuracy throughout, good ball striking, scrambling, and greens in regulation. You can bet the winner here will finish in the top ten in scrambling for the week. Furyk’s putting has been inconsistent this year, but he’s accurate and strong in GIR.||Avg Finish: 23rd|
|Expert||Sleeper||Why the Pick?||YTD|
|The 19th Hole||Harris English||He did well here as a rookie (T8) and is even more solid from driver to putter now.||Avg Finish: 52nd|
|Future of Fantasy||Aaron Baddeley||Six top 25 finishes in his last 7 starts here. Aaron is pretty Goodeley at Harbour Town Golf Links.||Avg Finish: 47th|
|Jake Gaer||Boo Weekley||Two wins here, in good form this year. Seems to finish well here year in and year out.||Avg Finish: 38th|
Top 15 for the 2013 RBC Heritage
1. Luke Donald
2. Jim Furyk
3. Brandt Snedeker
4. Jason Day
5. Jason Dufner
6. Brian Gay
7. Pat Perez
8. Matt Kuchar
9. Charles Howell III
10. Carl Pettersson
11. Brian Davis
12. Boo Weekley
13. Chris Kirk
14. Bill Haas
15. Charley Hoffman
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