All good things come to an end, with that the Masters is over. Finito. We change from the gorgeous green jacket to the half hideous plaid one. Sometimes we want to say, keep the change.
It is sad, yes, but the Tour keeps clipping along, this time heading to one of the more popular stops on Tour by many players, the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links.
Post-Masters, we surprisingly have an awesomely glistening field in South Carolina. Check the field here, but trust me and you wouldn’t think it – this tournament is l-o-a-d-e-d. This is a wonderful event the Tour almost lost, but no worries – we will still see the lighthouse in 2013.
Enter, shot makers paradise. Much different than Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise, Harbour Town is a course designed to fit the eye of every balata ball loving, slinger hooking, punch fading, shot curving, action maker out there. This course embraces moving of the golf ball, with massive mature trees and doglegs in abundance. The winners here the past 5 years: Carl Petterson, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Brian Gay and Boo Weekley. Nice group of ball strikers there.
Which ball strikers contend this week?
Contender: Jason Dufner
We all saw the act of #dufnering sweep social media but in case you haven’t, click there. My first memories of Jason were of a mini-tour mainstay, Nationwide Tour journeyman and he has transformed to being one of my favorite golfers on Tour. He dips his way around the golf course, striking the ball beautifully everywhere he goes. He’s not a slinger or big-time mover of the ball by any means, but he is certainly a very consistent player. He has yet to break out yet this season, but with 4 top 25s so far and a solid track record here in the past, I say Dufner plays well. Back door top 10 finish.
Other contenders: Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, Boooooooooo Weekley
Sleeper: Richard H. Lee
This might fit under a super sleeper category if I employed such a category. Richard is a Washington Huskie alumni who is best known probably thus far in his PGA Tour career for the hole-in-one he made in the Humana Challenge earlier this winter where he finished in a T10. Either that, or the fact he was married at age 18 before entering his freshman year of college.
Lee has two other top 15s to go along with his Humana career best, including in his last start at Valero before the Masters. By nature, he is a fairway splitter and a greens divot king. He ranks in the top 20 on Tour in both Driving Accuracy and Greens In Regulation. He might find the tight confines of Harbour Town to be a comfortable place to play good golf….
Winner: Billy Haas
He could go down as one of the most underrated golfers on Tour today. Bill Haas has over $15 million in career earnings with 4 career wins and a FedEx Cup on the shelf. The South Carolinan has already tallied 6 top 10 finishes in 2013 and we haven’t even hit May 1st yet. That is Kuchar territory.
The only part of the Bill Haas victory formula I don’t like is his track record in Harbour Town (zero top 10s in 8 starts), but he’s a player playing well. Like Lee and Dufner, Haas is a greens hitter, one of the top 10 on Tour and I think Billy hoists another trophy this week in his home state.
Bald golfers, unite!
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