With the Masters having just passed, the RBC Heritage may feel a little anticlimatic, but this is still an excellent tournament.
Held at the par-71 Harbour Town Golf Links, this event offers over $5 million in prize money and 500 FedEx Cup points.
This 6,973-yard course places a premium on accuracy. There are 145 bunkers strewn about the 18 holes with nine of those holes featuring water hazards.
This tournament also offers a strong field. Carl Pettersson is back to defend his crown, and he will have to hold off the likes of Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Bo Van Pelt, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III and Webb Simpson to do so.
Where: Harbour Town Golf Links; Hilton Head, S.C.
When: Thursday, April 18, to Sunday, April 21
Tee Times: View full tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 at PGATour.com
Thursday: Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. ET
Friday: Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. ET
Saturday: Golf Channel from 1-2:30 p.m. ET, CBS 3-6 p.m. ET
Sunday: Golf Channel from 1-2:30 p.m. ET, CBS 3-6 p.m. ET
Players to Watch
Defending champion Carl Pettersson will be back to defend his title, and he will hope he kicks his 2013 into gear in the process.
Pettersson had a rough trip to Augusta last week, as he finished in 61st at 16 over and fired just one round under par.
Last year, Pettersson won this event with great driving accuracy and putting. So far, he's been struggling in these areas this year. He's 136th in accuracy and 110th in strokes gained-putting (h/t PGATour.com).
This doesn't point to success for Pettersson, but never underestimate a comfortable setting sparking a player back to life.
Boo Weekley loves this course. He's won this event twice and did so in back-to-back years in 2008 and '09.
Weekley has been solid this year, as the only cut he's missed in nine PGA Tour events came in his first event of the year.
He came in second in March at the Tampa Bay Championship when he fired a 63 in the final round to storm up the leaderboard.
Weekley has been inconsistent his last two times out. He was 69th at Bay Hill after a rough weekend, and he came in 45th in Houston when his tourney was marred by a third-round 75.
Brandt Snedeker is going to be fun to watch here for a few reasons. The first is that I want to see how he rebounds after firing a 75 when entering the final round of the Masters with a share of the lead.
Now, if he can manage to leave that heartache in the past and focus, he has an excellent shot at winning this tournament.
Snedeker was 17th here last year, and that was before he started to get really hot to finish off the year.
Snedeker is a wonderful and accurate ball-striker. This should keep him out of trouble on this course, and he's an excellent putter, which will help him everywhere.
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