We warned you at the outset that picking a winner from the 132-player field at the 51st RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing was a tricky business, but now that we’re at the halfway point, let’s look at how those picks are shaping up.
Shane Lowry, the 36-hole leader, was not on our list of “10 Who Can Win,” and only two of our 10 are in the top 10 going into the weekend, but several of our picks still have a chance at snagging a snazzy tartan jacket on Sunday and making us look good.
Here’s “10 Who Can Win” revisited:
IN THE HUNT
Dustin Johnson (-7, T3) — If you still had any doubts about whether the world’s top-ranked player could adapt his game to Harbour Town’s tight fairways and tiny greens, put them to rest. DJ is right in the mix heading into the weekend despite a somewhat balky putter. If you were setting odds today, he’s probably the favorite to don tartan on Sunday.
Jordan Spieth (-5, T10) — Spieth struggled through an up-and-down first round but came to life with a 5-under 66 in the second round. If he can keep the putter rolling Saturday, he could find himself in contention on Sunday.
Matt Kuchar (-4, T19) — The 2014 champion has put together two nice rounds to get into the weekend within striking distance. He’s certainly worth keeping an eye on this moving day.
Patrick Cantlay (-3, T26) — After a 4-under 67 on Thursday, the Masters hangover might have started to catch up with Cantlay in the second round. He didn’t shoot himself out of it, though, and if he can post another low score Saturday he could shoot into contention.
HERE FOR THE WEEKEND
Xander Schauffele (-1, T49) — The putts have not been dropping for Schauffele in his second visit to Harbour Town.
Webb Simpson (E, T60) — Simpson was at 5-under for the tournament through 23 holes before things went awry. He made the cut on the number but has a lot of work to do over the weekend.
Branden Grace (E, T60) — The second round was a rough one for the 2016 champ, who failed to shoot par or better for only the second time in 14 rounds here, but he held it together enough to slide in under the cut line.
Bryson DeChambeau (+1, MC) — The mad scientist was flummoxed by Harbour Town’s greens, missing numerous putts within the range he can usually convert.
Russell Knox (+3, MC) — The Scotsman’s game translates well to Harbour Town, but he couldn’t get the putts to drop this week. Sensing a theme here?
Si Woo Kim (+5, MC) — Last year’s runner-up played the par-5s in 1-over for two rounds. That simply won’t do, Si Woo.
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