(CBS Miami) – The RBC Heritage at Harbor Town Golf Links at Hilton Head returns to a familiar spot on this year’s PGA Tour schedule. The 2020 tournament is pushed up from April to June, thanks to the COVID pandemic that shut down golf courses and the rest of the sports world. This is the second tournament to return after a three-month break. The RBC legacy of 2021 is once again in the shadows of the Masters.
However, this sector does not appear to have followed a major pandemic or followed a pandemic. Highest ranking person Dustin Johnson, a native of South Carolina, leads a team that includes 5 of the top 10 players in the world and 10 of the top 20 players in the world. The defending champion Webb Simpson, who is ranked 9th, will be looking to rekindle some of the miracles that led to his under-22 performance last year. All but one of the champions of the last decade are back.
“It looks very, very good, with some outstanding couples,” confirmed CBS Sports live reporter Dottie Pepper. “Thursday-Friday layout; Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Will Zalatoris are all paired up. Daniel Berger was right behind them. Cam Smith, Webb Simpson, Paul Casey, Collin Morikawa, defending PGA champion. Patrick Cantlay is in the top 10 of the world. That is a great area. “
Runner-up master Is Zalatoris will also develop it again, looking to win the PGA Tour to secure his full-time Tour membership. Pepper said: “Since taking a walk with him on Saturday at Masters, he seems like a guy who just wants the ball and wants to take it to the top. “He’s got the drive. He seemed to have enjoyed attention last week, and I see no reason why he couldn’t dispute if he didn’t win. ”
Among the players in the top 10 teeing off this week, Simpson has the best score at the Masters. He was 12th with a score of 2 under 2 strokes, 8 strokes behind winner Hideki Matsuyama. Morikawa and Tyrell Hatton drew together in 18th place with a score of 1 under. And Johnson and Cantlay both missed opportunities. They will have another chance this week to wear the winners’ coat, though it will be tartan instead of green.
Harbor Town is built on flat, swampy ground. A 7,099-yard par-71 track, this is on the shorter side for the PGA Tour. But what it lacks in length makes it difficult. Stylish minimalistic design featuring narrow lanes and small green trees. Harbor Town demands excellence in cinematography to avoid hundreds of trees – collapsed after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 – and the many sharp, clear bunkers that designer Pete Dye once said is the best asset. its.
Scoring low in Port Town requires precise location. The last six holes are among the longest stretches in the Tour. This part of the pitch begins with a 373 yard par-4 13, with a relatively large green protected by a giant front bunker. It ends at 472 yards, par-4 18, playing along Calibogue Sound towards the red-and-white-striped Harbor Town lighthouse. The overall lighthouse scene will depend on whether they need a stand to hold space 27,000 spectators (as opposed to the usual 135,000) who will be admitted.
Pepper notes: “It requires you to really think your way around the golf course. “It’s an A-point-B golf course where it’s not just a game of strength, it’s a game of intelligence. And I think you’ll see a really great balance of players who played well or won there. “
“Look at a guy like Webb Simpson from last year,” Pepper continued. “Webb is not the longest player in the world. He’s long enough, so you can take advantage of the par-5. But he’s also a really smart player, and have a really good short game, because that’s so important on this golf course. Greens, if not the smallest, are among the smallest on the Tour. So for sure you will encounter coastal winds, you will miss out on some greenery. And you must have an innovative and sure short game to get around Port Town. “
The following is favourite:
Dustin Johnson (10-1)
Johnson is still the top player in the world, but lately he doesn’t look that sharp anymore. He missed the Masters and finished 48th at the Players and drew 54th at the previous WGC-Mexico Championship. Johnson last entered the top 10 at the Genesis Open in February. However, he did find some success at Harbor Town, a course that didn’t seem to match his skill set.
Webb Simpson (12-1)
Harbor Town is very well set up for Simpson, who can put the ball on the fairway and on the green. He is the world’s ninth ranked player and the 2020 winner of the tournament. Simpson also set the final record for the tournament with 262, which is 22 under par. He finished two other top-of-the-year finishes at the RBC Heritage in 2013 and 2018. Simpson is about to finish T12 at the Masters and take the T6 in the Workday Championship at The Concession at the end of the month. Two.
Patrick Cantlay (16-1)
Cantlay is right behind Simpson in the world golf ranking. Despite missing out on Masters and Players, he has had a solid year, with four finishes in the top 15. That includes second place at the American Express. He also had three strong screenings at RBC Heritage, ranking third in 2017, seventh in 2018, and third in 2019.
See the RBC Heritage Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18, 3:00 – 6:00 PM ET on CBS.