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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: RBC Heritage

Twofer Tuesday pries itself away from the excitement of the Masters and chills its way into the relaxed world of the RBC Heritage.

Defending champion Webb Simpson

Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is generally viewed as 'decompression' from the pressure cooker of the Masters. The course is short, a par-71 measuring only 7121 yards. But it's a Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus design that tests players in almost every way except distance, making this event a free-for-all for the participants since anybody could win. Webb Simpson made this his second win of the season last year -- setting the tournament scoring record in the process -- and he's back to defend.

With such a wide open field I think the play is to look at proven track records here. But we're seeing some great play from the youngsters this season, so...

  • My first pick is Webb Simpson. I didn't say I wasn't going to pick a proven quantity! But Webb is also still in good form after posting a T12 at Augusta, a course where I wouldn't expect him to play so well because he lacks some of the length usually seen in the winners there. I think he's a good pick for a Top10.
  • And my other choice is Will Zalatoris. This is Will's debut at Harbour Town, but 'debut' isn't a word that seems to affect him. Granted, that runner-up finish to Hideki last week was his first Top10 in a couple of months... but I'm willing to gamble that he's got another one in him as he chills out this week..

GC's coverage begins officially at 3pm ET Thursday but it appears that PGA TOUR LIVE is going to contribute some TV time starting at 11am ET. The RBC Heritage is always a fun event to watch as the guys compete on a course where they expect to score and seem to have a lot of fun doing it. It's a nice way to wind down from Augusta for us all.

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