RBC Heritage Notebook: A Closer Look At The Field

The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing hasn’t always been able to tout the strongest field, as many of the world’s top golfers often skip the week after a major championship, but a deep dive into this week’s field at Harbour Town Golf Links reveals some impressive stats.

Headed by the newly-minted No. 1 player in the world, South Carolina native Dustin Johnson, this year’s Heritage will feature four of the top-10 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, 10 of the top 25, 24 of the top 50, and 53 of the top 100.

The list did lose one fairly big name Monday, as world No. 21 Louis Oosthuizen withdrew with an undisclosed injury. 

Still, if you’re rooting for big names on the leaderboard this week, you’ll have plenty to pull for.

Masters of Harbour Town?

Tigers Woods’ historic win at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday ensured the reigning Masters champion would not tee it up at Harbour Town this week — Woods hasn’t played here since tying for 18th in his one and only appearance in 1999 — but plenty of golfers who dotted the front page of the leaderboard this weekend made their way down from Augusta.

Among them are Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, who tied for second, as well as top-10 finishers Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, and Patrick Cantlay, and top-20 placers Justin Harding, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter, and Patton Kizzire.

The newly-minted Masters champ has not played in the Heritage since Jordan Spieth did so in 2015. 

Needs more tartan

Eleven golfers who have combined for 18 Heritage titles are back for more plaid, including multi-time champs Davis Love III (1987, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2003), Stewart Cink (2000, 2004), Boo Weekley (2007, 2008), and Jim Furyk (2010, 2015). 

One of them, of course, is defending champion Satoshi Kodaira, who will try to join Weekley as the only player in history to win the event in each of his first two starts at Harbour Town.

Other past champions in the field are Branden Grace (2016), Kuchar (2014), Graeme McDowell (2013), Brandt Snedeker (2011), Brian Gay (2009), and Aaron Baddeley (2009). 

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