RBC Heritage 2020: Your form guide for Harbour Town golf links

RBC Heritage 2020 at Harbour Town Golf Links
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Andy Swales provides the stats for this week's PGA Tour event at the Sea Pines Resort in South Carolina where players must contend with tight fairways and overhanging trees...

"Nine of the 13 players who enjoyed top-10s at Colonial, had posted a top-25 finish in their most recent event before lockdown in mid-March. All 13 are teeing-up again this Thursday."

Week two of 'locked-down' golf takes the PGA Tour to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island.

Normally staged in mid-April (the week following The Masters), the Heritage is one of a handful of events to enjoy a reprieve, although its new slot arrives 63 days later than originally planned.

For the first five tournaments on resumption of play, spectators will remain locked-out leaving the players and their caddies to walk the eerily silent fairways of Harbour Town Golf Links on their own.

Another star-studded contingent

As with the Charles Schwab Challenge last week, the Heritage has attracted a strong field.

Eight of the world's top 10 are among the entries, with all 13 golfers who posted a top-10 finish in Fort Worth teeing-up again this Thursday.

The big-name absentees include world number seven Patrick Cantlay, who underwent nose surgery in February, as well as Adam Scott and Tommy Fleetwood.

Scott says he will not be returning until July, while world number 11 Fleetwood also remains at home for a second straight week.

Confidence

One thing which emerged clearly from Colonial, is that those who started the year well seemed to continue their good form in Texas, despite three months of competitive inactivity.

Winner Daniel Berger, who began last week outside the world's top 100, had finished fourth-fifth-ninth in his last three events before lockdown.

Other golfers who played well in the weeks before the PGA Tour called a halt to proceedings in mid-March, and then continued their good form at the Charles Schwab Challenge, were Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Sung Jae Im and Collin Morikawa.

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Xander Schauffele, who stood on the podium in Texas, had played pretty well too during the early months of 2020, illustrating the importance of confidence.

Nine of the 13 players who enjoyed top-10s at Colonial, had posted a top-25 finish in their most recent event before lockdown in mid-March.

Small coastal targets

For the second successive week, the players will need to display a high level of accuracy when tackling some of the smallest greens on the PGA Tour.

Harbour Town's putting surfaces are even smaller than those at Colonial, and over the five decades of its existence, the Heritage has compiled an honours' board full of excellent ball-strikers and solid iron players.

Straight hitting off the tee is a must for all potential champions at Harbour Town, but an ability to scramble successfully will also come in handy as it's not always possible to locate every small green in regulation.

Three of last year's top four finishers - including champion CT Pan - posted Greens in Regulation percentages of less than 60%, which is well below the Tour average for those who finish high up the leaderboard.

Designed by Pete Dye, Harbour Town is a public course at Sea Pines Resort where fairways are tight and tree-lined, with water coming into play on nine holes.

However, it is simply not good enough just to find the fairway from the tee, as this does not guarantee a straight line to the flag.

On approximately half of the holes, overhanging trees can obscure a golfer's view of the target - even when the ball is sitting in neatly cut grass.

Good scramblers

Among those who will hope their scrambling abilities will assist them at Harbour Town, read DeChambeau, Schauffele and Rory McIlroy - all three hold top-12 positions in the PGA Tour's current standings for this category.

DeChambeau has had a brace of top-four finishes at Hilton Head Island, while McIlroy makes his first start in the tournament since he was a teenager.

The world number one played well for 54 holes last week before slipping down the leaderboard on Sunday, after shooting a final round 74.

However, all three may have to rein in some of their power off the tee in order to contend at the RBC Heritage.

For those who closely monitor course history, then Matt Kuchar may need investigating this week.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W24 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2
Rory McIlroy 32 5 5 5 3
Jon Rahm MC 3 17 9 2
Brooks Koepka 32 47 MC 43 17 34
Justin Thomas 10 6 MC 3 MC
Dustin Johnson MC 48 10 32 2
Patrick Reed 7 15 1 51 MC 6 MC
Webb Simpson MC 61 1 3
Xander Schauffele 3 24 14 23 16 MC
Bryson DeChambeau 3 4 2 5 52 8 MC
Justin Rose 3 MC MC 56 MC 2
Tony Finau 23 MC 51 2 6 14 5
Matt Kuchar MC 22 2 38 16 1 MC
Gary Woodland 9 8 12 40 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 55 MC 51 23 5 2
Shane Lowry MC 21 29 13 11 MC 2
Tyrrell Hatton 1 6
Hideki Matsuyama 56 6 5 16 45 12
Sung Jae Im 10 3 1 29 MC 34 36 10 21
Matthew Fitzpatrick 32 9 37 30 60 45 2
Rickie Fowler MC 18 MC 37 MC 10
Abraham Ancer 14 56 12 43 6 2 38
Kevin Na MC 36 9 MC 14 MC 17
Danny Willett MC 18 42 MC 43 MC
Billy Horschel 38 36 42 9 9 68 MC
Cameron Smith MC 22 MC MC 64 1
Kevin Kisner 29 MC 18 38 MC 4
Chez Reavie MC 29 10 25 MC MC MC
Sergio Garcia MC 37 37 6 23 8
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC 53 56 MC 3 4
Victor Perez MC 53 38 16 2
Erik van Rooyen MC MC 3 MC MC 37 12 22
Matt Wallace MC 24 MC 58 44 MC 64
Collin Morikawa 2 9 42 26 25 21 21
Scottie Scheffler 55 15 26 30 MC MC 3
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 23 MC 16 17 MC 56 MC 12
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 18 29 1 21 2 59 MC
Brandt Snedeker 22 MC MC 3 12
Graeme McDowell MC 32 69 MC 1 MC 4
Byeong Hun An 60 56 4 29 9 68 MC
Jason Day MC Wd MC 4 16
Sung Kang MC 9 71 2 MC 52 16 MC
Bubba Watson 7 MC 18 MC 3 6
Brendon Todd MC 18 37 56 37 21
Adam Hadwin 43 26 MC 40
Jordan Spieth 10 58 59 9 MC 55
Viktor Hovland 23 42 MC 1 38 MC 23 MC
Ian Poulter 29 32 27 17 16 MC
Andrew Putnam MC MC MC MC 10 57
Corey Conners 19 MC MC 50 MC 45 12
Joel Dahmen 19 5 5 14 Wd 55 12
Max Homa MC 24 5 14 6 9 48
Jason Kokrak 3 18 51 MC MC 21 MC
Branden Grace 19 42 MC MC 9 17 1
JT Poston 10 MC 35 30
Charles Howell 49 MC 53 59 MC 12
Joaquin Niemann 32 MC MC MC 49 57
Ryan Palmer MC 17 67 MC 21 4
Nate Lashley MC MC MC Wd 3 Wd 53
Jim Furyk 49 MC MC MC
Lanto Griffin MC 36 29 37 9 MC MC 7
Danny Lee MC 5 47 MC 25 Wd MC
Lucas Glover 23 MC MC 61 50 49 MC
Kevin Streelman MC MC 47 2 MC 45 MC
Matt Jones 38 47 47 MC 5 MC 73 38
Sebastian Munoz MC MC 14 26 47 MC 21 MC
Keith Mitchell 64 5 MC 32 16 MC MC
CT Pan MC MC MC MC 63 MC
Scott Piercy 64 MC 17 18 6 61 45
Vaughn Taylor MC 67 42 13 MC MC 43 12
Rory Sabbatini 14 47 35 59 MC MC 48 21
Daniel Berger 1 4 5 9 29 38
Ryan Moore MC 52 30 MC 6
Adam Long MC 24 27 MC MC 8 MC MC
Matthew Wolff 54 52 58 MC MC 21 61
Alexander Noren 60 MC MC 59 32 14 32
Andrew Landry 49 37 MC 45 1 MC
Dylan Frittelli MC 18 58 MC 63 73 MC
Russell Knox MC MC MC MC MC 16 21 37 32
Harold Varner 19 36 42 13 MC MC MC MC
Bud Cauley 29 32 42 51 25 MC 4 MC
Tom Hoge MC 15 MC 60 25 5 6 12
Carlos Ortiz MC MC 16 26 25 MC 48 53
Emiliano Grillo MC Dq MC 3 MC MC MC 21
Si Woo Kim MC MC MC 37 MC MC Wd
Harry Higgs 38 42 58 18 25 9 MC 57
Brian Harman 23 MC 47 47 49 21 32
Talor Gooch 43 13 38 10 61 36 17 63
Pat Perez 49 MC 47 MC 55 45
Kyle Stanley MC 3 64 MC MC MC MC
Brian Stuard 43 MC 66 23 MC MC 72 53
Aaron Wise 35 MC 62 MC MC MC
Wyndham Clark MC 68 11 17 18 34 MC MC
Harris English MC 9 17 16 71 48
Kevin Tway MC MC MC MC 37 30 MC
Charley Hoffman MC 13 MC MC 40 9 61 MC
Troy Merritt MC 24 MC 25 MC 68 MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC 2 MC MC MC MC MC
Jhonattan Vegas 60 27 9 MC 17 30 55
Scott Brown MC 56 MC 67 2 MC MC MC MC
Mark Hubbard 43 MC 11 MC 9 43 MC
Doc Redman 58 62 MC 50 34 64 29 MC
Denny McCarthy 66 MC MC 37 59 64 48
Luke List 1 MC 30 25 36 MC MC
Sepp Straka MC MC 27 MC MC MC 4 53
Tyler Duncan 38 MC MC 64 MC MC 64 MC
Sam Burns 36 64 23 MC 49 6 MC
Cameron Tringale 27 30 64 MC 49 43
Matthew NeSmith 49 MC 38 6 11 30 17 32
Charl Schwartzel MC 17 5 MC MC MC
Russell Henley 8 17 MC MC MC
Adam Schenk 43 MC 14 47 50 MC 14 MC
Chesson Hadley 23 MC MC 18 59 MC 29 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 42 38 14 13 MC MC 21 MC
Brian Gay MC 62 MC MC 38 MC MC MC
Brice Garnett MC 11 20 MC 52 MC MC
Maverick McNealy 32 MC 11 27 5 15 37
Nick Watney MC 27 MC MC MC 29
Bronson Burgoon 38 Wd MC MC 43
Patrick Rodgers 14 24 21 35 30 MC 16 9 64 38
Sam Ryder MC MC 53 3 MC 55 MC 29 28
Stewart Cink 47 53 38 55 MC
Zach Johnson 43 32 67 MC MC 28
Jimmy Walker MC 24 21 MC MC 63 30 MC 45
Ryan Armour MC MC MC MC MC MC
Peter Malnati MC MC 11 MC MC MC 12
Michael Thompson MC 57 MC MC MC MC 38
Aaron Baddeley MC 25 40 64 MC
Ted Potter MC MC 6 MC MC MC 37 7
Jason Dufner 67 27 64 62 36 55 MC
Roger Sloan MC 60 MC MC MC MC MC
Chris Stroud MC MC MC MC MC MC
Matt Every MC MC MC 32 MC 74 Wd
Jim Herman MC MC MC MC 55 MC MC
Scott Stallings 53 MC MC 49 55
Hudson Swafford MC 21 9 MC 57
JJ Spaun 63
Austin Cook 61 44 MC MC MC MC
Luke Donald 11 55 MC
Patton Kizzire MC 68 61 MC MC MC
Martin Trainer MC MC 47 MC MC MC MC MC
Grayson Murray Wd 53 MC 55 55 10
KJ Choi 18 MC 55 MC
David Hearn MC MC MC MC 37 MC
Kevin Chappell 52 MC 25 MC MC
James Hahn 13 MC 25 MC MC
Ernie Els MC 52
Michael Gligic MC MC MC 55 MC 21 MC
Chris Kirk 60 MC MC MC MC
Bill Haas MC 27 MC 73 MC
Sean O`Hair MC MC 50 13 4
Davis Love 66 MC
Vijay Singh MC MC MC
Michael Kim
Bernhard Langer MC
Wesley Bryan 29 MC
Bo Van Pelt MC 60 MC MC MC MC
Glen Day
DA Points MC MC MC MC
Cameron Davis MC 8 27 38 36 29 9
Scott Harrington MC 47 MC MC MC MC MC 57
Xin Jun Zhang MC 52 MC 14 64 25 55 MC MC
Zac Blair 55 36 MC MC 18 21 55 63
Andy Ogletree MC
Spencer Ralston
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Rory McIlroy
Jon Rahm
Brooks Koepka
Justin Thomas 75 11
Dustin Johnson 28 16
Patrick Reed MC 48 MC*
Webb Simpson 16 5 11 66 51 2 52 14 14
Xander Schauffele 63 32
Bryson DeChambeau MC 3 MC 4
Justin Rose
Tony Finau 39 MC
Matt Kuchar 2 23 11 9 5 1 35 44 21 14
Gary Woodland MC*
Louis Oosthuizen 7
Shane Lowry 3 44
Tyrrell Hatton MC 29
Hideki Matsuyama MC
Sung Jae Im MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 39 14 MC MC 23
Rickie Fowler MC MC 8
Abraham Ancer MC
Kevin Na 10 MC 39 4 MC 8 9 35
Danny Willett MC MC
Billy Horschel 45 5 MC 54 51 68 9
Cameron Smith MC 32 29 15
Kevin Kisner 41 7 11 69 2 38 MC
Chez Reavie 28 MC 33 MC 55 56 MC
Sergio Garcia MC
Jazz Janewattananond
Victor Perez
Erik van Rooyen
Matt Wallace MC
Collin Morikawa
Scottie Scheffler
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 16 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Brandt Snedeker 48 23 11 MC 26 74 59 17 1 MC
Graeme McDowell 48 55 29 MC 26 23 1 61
Byeong Hun An MC 7 59
Jason Day 23 30 9 22
Sung Kang MC 11 MC MC
Bubba Watson
Brendon Todd MC 4 38 MC
Adam Hadwin 48 22 30 MC
Jordan Spieth 54 11 12 9
Viktor Hovland
Ian Poulter 10 7 11 54 18 36
Andrew Putnam MC
Corey Conners MC MC MC
Joel Dahmen 16
Max Homa
Jason Kokrak 16 MC MC 6 18 12 MC* MC
Branden Grace 61 11 1 7
JT Poston 6
Charles Howell MC 55 56 23 MC 53 MC 29 MC 22
Joaquin Niemann
Ryan Palmer 28 76 11 71 64
Nate Lashley
Jim Furyk MC 70 MC 1 7 42 8 21 1
Lanto Griffin
Danny Lee 41 55 39 MC 60 MC
Lucas Glover MC 32 32 33 18 MC MC 69 MC MC
Kevin Streelman 6 7 55 53 3 17 36
Matt Jones MC 30 47
Sebastian Munoz
Keith Mitchell MC 55
CT Pan 1 23 44
Scott Piercy 3 16 MC 53
Vaughn Taylor MC MC 64 64 MC 13 MC
Rory Sabbatini 10 23 MC MC 9 9 17 14
Daniel Berger 33 72
Ryan Moore 41 16
Adam Long MC
Matthew Wolff
Alexander Noren 28
Andrew Landry 33 42
Dylan Frittelli 32
Russell Knox MC 40 11 2 18 9
Harold Varner MC MC 59 68
Bud Cauley 39 23 9 MC 37 MC
Tom Hoge MC 55
Carlos Ortiz MC MC
Emiliano Grillo 33 16
Si Woo Kim MC 2 14
Harry Higgs
Brian Harman MC 23 9 MC 44 7 59 70
Talor Gooch
Pat Perez 70 26 18 18 6
Kyle Stanley 59 33 MC MC 60 MC
Brian Stuard 16 67 56 55 5 MC MC
Aaron Wise
Wyndham Clark 54
Harris English 25 32 MC Wd 31 MC 8
Kevin Tway 67 MC
Charley Hoffman 45 23 MC 14 64 38 6 8
Troy Merritt 10 MC 3 52 MC
Mackenzie Hughes 63 MC
Jhonattan Vegas MC
Scott Brown MC MC MC 64 37 5 64
Mark Hubbard 74 MC
Doc Redman 50
Denny McCarthy 33
Luke List 41 3 MC 39 Wd
Sepp Straka
Tyler Duncan MC
Sam Burns 9
Cameron Tringale MC MC MC
Matthew NeSmith
Charl Schwartzel MC MC 55 12
Russell Henley MC 26 23 MC MC 6
Adam Schenk MC
Chesson Hadley MC 7 MC MC 38
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 48
Brian Gay 54 70 6 MC 68 55 MC 36 32
Brice Garnett MC 42 11 53
Maverick McNealy
Nick Watney MC 32
Bronson Burgoon 39
Patrick Rodgers
Sam Ryder Wd MC
Stewart Cink MC 42 MC MC 31 61 24 MC 30 14
Zach Johnson 16 42 33 MC 61 48 2 MC 47
Jimmy Walker MC
Ryan Armour 63 55
Peter Malnati 16 67 44 MC
Michael Thompson 10 42 MC MC MC 20 MC
Aaron Baddeley MC 55 MC 9 66 MC 42 MC 14 22
Ted Potter 67 16 18 35
Jason Dufner 63 MC 11 54 37 35 24 14 41
Roger Sloan MC
Chris Stroud MC MC MC* 69 48 6 MC
Matt Every 55 Wd 18 12 MC* 8 MC
Jim Herman MC MC 51
Scott Stallings 48 55 MC MC MC
Hudson Swafford 33 MC MC 44
JJ Spaun 28 MC 6
Austin Cook MC 50
Luke Donald 33 MC 2 2 15 2 3 37 2 3
Patton Kizzire 45 MC 32 14
Martin Trainer
Grayson Murray MC 59
KJ Choi 10 55 64 MC MC 31 18 41
David Hearn MC 59 MC MC MC MC* MC 46
Kevin Chappell MC 9 MC MC 29
James Hahn MC MC MC 60 68 35
Ernie Els MC MC 14 MC 64 MC MC MC
Michael Gligic
Chris Kirk MC 55 MC 23 69 27 30 MC MC
Bill Haas Wd 7 MC 14 31 Wd 24 MC 30 41
Sean O`Hair MC MC 6 MC 68 MC
Davis Love 74 MC 59 MC MC 71
Vijay Singh MC 66 51 MC MC
Michael Kim MC 77 MC MC*
Bernhard Langer
Wesley Bryan 42 1
Bo Van Pelt 9 48 MC* MC MC 3
Glen Day MC MC MC MC* MC MC 53
DA Points MC MC MC MC 20
Cameron Davis
Scott Harrington
Xin Jun Zhang
Zac Blair 32 59 44
Andy Ogletree
Spencer Ralston

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