The PGA Tour's return from hiatus continues this week at the RBC Heritage.
Originally slated for the week after the Masters, the tournament was originally canceled and then ultimately put back on the calendar with a new June date. Harbour Town Golf Links is one of the tightest tracks players will face all year, with overhanging trees encroaching on already narrow fairways and often allowing some of the shorter hitters to contend and occasionally win.
While the tournament typically hosts 132 players, the field size was increased to 144 because of COVID-19 and could grow above 150 to accommodate all the fully exempt players. As with last week at Colonial, each of the top five players in the world are teeing it up including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Each of the last four winners have made this their first PGA Tour victory, including defending champ C.T. Pan. Here's a look at some names to consider when making your picks for this week's stop along the South Carolina coast:
Bryson DeChambeau ($10,700 on DraftKings): DeChambeau's newfound muscles nearly powered their way to victory last week at Colonial, a course where he had historically struggled. Now he turns his attention to a track where he already had some success in his previous svelte form, including a T-4 finish in his 2016 pro debut while leading the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green. DeChambeau also tied for third in 2018 and doesn't show any signs of slowing down in his desire to overpower the PGA Tour with eye-popping distance. Harbour Town doesn't necessarily lend itself to a bomb-and-gouge strategy, but then again neither did Colonial. And through one week it seems that the rest of DeChambeau's bag isn't suffering from the focus he put on weight gain during quarantine.
Collin Morikawa ($10,000): There's still time to buy into the stock before it fully takes flight. Last week Morikawa once again showed that he has all the skills necessary to compete at the highest level, topping a loaded leaderboard until a pair of late misses from close range handed the trophy to Daniel Berger. But the runner-up finish was still the second of Morikawa's young career to go along with his win last year in Reno, and he has now made the cut in each of the 22 PGA Tour starts he has made since turning pro a year ago. Morikawa is now second on Tour in SG: approach, fifth in SG: tee-to-green and likely won't have to wait long for another shot at a trophy.
Matt Kuchar ($8,300): Kuchar's hole-out from the sand to win in 2014 remains one of this tournament's most iconic shots, and it's the high-water mark for a player who has been one of the best in this event for nearly a decade. Kuchar was a runner-up last year to C.T. Pan, and he has finished T-23 or better each of the last six years while compiling a 68.79 scoring average on the par-71 layout. A rinsed approach on his final hole cost him a shot at the weekend at Colonial, but the veteran already has a win this year in Singapore, finished second at Riviera and now heads to one of his favorite haunts and a place where he hasn't missed the cut since his 2003 debut.
Ian Poulter ($7,600): If this were a 54-hole event, Poulter would likely have a tartan jacket or two in his closet already. The Englishman has been a perennial contender at this event heading into the final round, where he has never broken 70 in nine tries. But despite those homestretch struggles, he has finished T-18 or better four of the last five years including a T-7 finish in 2018 when he carried a one-shot lead into the final round. Poulter returned from hiatus in solid fashion last week, posting four straight rounds of par or better at Colonial, and has now finished T-32 or better in five straight worldwide starts dating back to January.
Rory Sabbatini ($7,200): Yes, the other Rory. Sabbatini quietly racked up a T-14 finish last week with a Sunday 65 at Colonial, and he has been finishing solidly in the middle of the pack all season before the pandemic struck with only two missed cuts in his last 12 worldwide starts. But his record at Harbour Town is noteworthy, with seven top-25 finishes in nine starts since 2009. That run includes a quartet of top-10 results, and last year he began the final round one shot off the lead before dropping into a tie for 10th. Sabbatini hasn't won on Tour since 2011 but he nearly made the Tour Championship last year and has been piling up consistent results for months.
Matt Every ($6,100): There's nothing consistent about Every's play, but he has seemingly found some solid footing at Harbour Town. The Florida native is used to coastal golf and has finished T-18 or better three times in this event since 2012, with nine of his last 13 rounds going for 70 or better. There are no guarantees with a player who missed four of five cuts before the hiatus, but his course form and penchant for low rounds makes him a viable candidate when rounding out a lineup.