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Sunday, April 13, 2014

RBC Heritage - Preview

With the pressure of the Masters behind us, it's time to preview a relaxing week in Hilton Head, South Carolina at the RBC Heritage.

The setting is the familiar track of Harbour Town Golf Links, which will play to a par of 71 and likely stretch out to a mere 7,101 yards. It's as tight of a course as can be found on the PGA TOUR, with tiny greens and an ocean breeze.

Typically, there are two types of winners at Harbour Town. Those that are excellent scramblers and putters, and those that are elite ball-strikers with a penchant for hitting it close. Here's the list dating back to 2005:

  • 2005 - Peter Lonard (277) over Billy Andrade, Darren Clarke, Jim Furyk and Davis Love III (279).
  • 2006 - Aaron Baddeley (269) over Jim Furyk (270)
  • 2007 - Boo Weekley (270) over Ernie Els (271)
  • 2008 - Boo Weekley (269) over Aaron Baddeley and Anthony Kim (272)
  • 2009 - Brian Gay (264) over Luke Donald and Briny Baird (274)
  • 2010 - Jim Furyk (271) over Brian Davis (271 Playoff)
  • 2011 - Brandt Snedeker (272) over Luke Donald (272 Playoff)
  • 2012 - Carl Pettersson (270) over Zach Johnson (275)
  • 2013 - Graeme McDowell (275) over Webb Simpson (275 Playoff)

Statistics that are relevant this week are driving accuracy, SGP, Scrambling, Proximity, Par 4 Scoring Average. As demonstrated by the multiple times names are repeated in the list above, course history matters. For those that haven't been to this tournament, it's a very laid back venue with a party atmosphere immediately off the course. Some guys thrive in that loose setting. The wind also can be a factor, as can tee time waves.

We will return tomorrow with a look at our Power Ranking for this week. Until then, best of luck to all!


  1. Thanks for the heads up preview Ryan. I'm wondering, do you access data bases of these types of metrics or just utilize your personal experience?

    1. It's a combination of personal experience and a look back at the statistical rankings from recent past tournaments. I do pull some of the statistical data from the PGA TOUR's Media site that leads me to what stats to chase, but all of the actual statistical data is available on pgatour.com and other places. I also look for similarities among past winners and those with significant success at a venue.

  2. What about stats for guys who did not play in Masters vs. guys who missed Masters cut vs guys who made Masters cuts, any trends there?