The tournament after The Masters means many will take the week off but World Number One Jason Day makes the trip to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.
An intriguing week lies ahead at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links and there are many storylines that make the tournament an entertaining one.
Masters runner-up Jordan Spieth takes the week off but World Number One Jason Day plays as he looks to bounce back from what was a disappointing week at Augusta where he finished in a tie for tenth place, carding four rounds in the 70s.
Day is a 6/1 favourite with the bookies.
Five-time Heritage winner and US Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III is in the field fresh off his ace at the 16th in the final round of The Masters on Sunday.
Last year’s runner-up Kevin Kisner also plays after making the cut in his first Masters last week.
Kisner lost out to Jim Furyk in last year’s RBC Heritage at the second play-off hole. Both players birdied the first play-off hole but Furyk birdied the second which took the trophy.
Paul Casey goes into the event as second-favourite after a T4th finish at Augusta and 2011 Champion Brandt Snedeker also plays after a solid T10th finish at The Masters.
Brian Gay still holds the 72-hole record around Harbour Town, his 20-under-par total of 264 in 2009 has never been matched or bettered.
The weather for the week looks good for scoring with showers on Thursday and Friday and sunny conditions for the weekend along with reasonable winds between 13-20mph meaning soft conditions that the professionals will be able to take advantage of.
Venue: Hilton Head Golf Links, Harbour Town, South Carolina
Date: Apr 14 – Apr 17
Course stats: par 71, 7101 yards
Purse: $5,900,000 Winner: $1,062,000
Defending Champion: Jim Furyk (-18, beat Kevin Kisner on 2nd play-off hole)
Thursday 14th – Sky Sports 4 from 8pm
Friday 15th – Sky Sports 4 from 8pm
Saturday 16th – Sky Sports 4 from 6pm
Sunday 17th – Sky Sports 4 from 6pm
Jason Day – The World Number One had a decent Masters but his game wasn’t quite firing on all cyclinders as he finished T10th. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Match Play back-to-back last month and has won six of his last 14 tournaments.
Brandt Snedeker – Sneds won the RBC Heritage in 2011 and is fresh off a good Masters performance where he finished T10th.
Paul Casey – The World Number 24 looks like he’s approaching the form he found when he got to number 3. His closing 67 left him in a tie for fourth so he is coming into the Heritage playing well.
Key Hole: 18th. A tough par-4 measuring 472 yards that is friendly off the tee but very difficult to hit in regulation. Water short and left means that most players will bail their shots out to the right towards the lighthouse or in the bunker just short-right and hope to get up-and-down for the par.