A week after Jordan Spieth dominated at Augusta, he attempts to pick up where he left off at the PGA RBC Heritage Open at Harbor Links Golf Course in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Spieth, the second-youngest player to ever win the Masters, is currently the world’s second-ranked golfer. Despite most of the field coming off the first major of the season, most of the world’s best golfers will take to the course.
This tournament features Matt Kuchar, who won the event in 2014. He looks to get on track at one of his favorite courses on tour. The veteran has only contended in one tournament this season, the Sony Open, but has made all 11 cuts that he has played in. However, he’ll look to take the next step to get his first tournament win of the season.
45-year-old veteran and former world No. 1 Ernie Els will make his second straight tour appearance at Hilton Head. Els had a strong showing during the first two days at the Masters, but failed to put a complete weekend together as he finished -2 after starting -6. Els will look to pick up the first win of his season in what figures to be the twilight of his illustrious career.
Patrick Reed is a golfer that no one seems to be talking about. The young player has already won four tournaments at the ripe age of 24 years old. However, the young gun shot a 74 at Augusta, then left the tournament. The knock on Reed is his immaturity, and leaving the Masters early is a prime example of that. If Reed can compose himself, he should figure to be atop the leaderboard during this tournament.
Graeme McDowell should be in contention after making the cut at the Masters. It has been one of the bright spots of his game, as the veteran has struggled since his 2010 U.S. Open victory. This season, McDowell has been recovering from an ankle injury which scratched him from the Valero Texas Open, and that likely caused him to miss the cut at the Arnold Palmer invitational.
Coming off the high that comes with winning your first major could be very difficult for Spieth, but the young player has been dominating the tour. The field will obviously be watching Spieth, but the University of Texas alum will have a target on his back at Hilton Head this weekend. Golf fans outside the South Carolina area can use Hipmunk.com to book flights to Charleston to watch Spieth and the rest of the PGA Tour field. Hotels in Charleston are starting at $92 on Hipmunk for those wanting to take in multiple rounds of the tournament.