Expert Picks: RBC Heritage


This week marks the 23rd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to the South Carolina coast for the RBC Heritage, where 130 players will battle for the tartan jacket. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Graeme McDowell: Throw out the MC at the Masters and the RBC's defending champ is trending nicely this year. Harbour Town rewards its usual suspects.

Group 2: Harris English: Good year gets better this week. English can play these tight tracks.

Group 3: Rory Sabbatini: His record says he's comfortable in Harbour Town's tight dimensions. T-10 in two of last four starts there.

Group 4: Tim Wilkinson: Hasn't played Harbour Town in a few years, but his record isn't bad there (T-6 in 2009).


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Graeme McDowell: The RBC Heritage defending champion missed the cut last week at the Masters, but then Augusta National proved elusive for most of the game's top players and prior to that, he'd finished in the top 10 in his last two starts.

Group 2: Boo Weekley: Both of Boo's victories at Harbour Town Golf Links came during bad weather weeks (2007 and 2008), and this week's forecast calls for cool temperatures and high winds. Just what Boo would want.

Group 3: Jerry Kelly: The veteran enjoys the key double this week, good form heading into the RBC Heritage with top-10 finishes in three of his last seven starts, and solid history at Harbour Town, having not missed a cut at Hilton Head since 2008.

Group 4: Lucas Glover: He showed signs of life with a third-round 69 at Augusta National (he’d never shot in the 60s at the Masters) and with tough conditions in the forecast he has the ball-striking to excel.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Matt Kuchar: Three straight weeks in title contention, but the fourth one could finally be the charm for Kuchar.

Group 2: Billy Horschel: Ball-striker will find plenty of Harbour Town's tiny greens, as he did during last year's T-9 finish.

Group 3: Cameron Tringale: Improved play as of late suggests it may only be a matter of time before his first victory.

Group 4: Shawn Stefani: Now with full-time playing privileges for the rest of the year, he can play looser and free going forward.

John Antonini

Group 1: Luke Donald: I'll go chalk and pick the Englishman because he has two seconds and two thirds at Harbour Town. Also, 18 of his last 19 rounds there were at par or better.

Group 2: Brendon de Jonge: He's been playing pretty well for more than a year and he's never missed the cut at the Heritage. Sooner or later, he'll break through with his first PGA Tour victory.

Group 3: Russell Knox: With the small green complexes at Harbour Town, I'm looking for someone who sticks his approach shots close to the pin, and Knox leads the Tour in that category.

Group 4: John Peterson: It's certain he hasn't started his first full year on Tour the way he expected, but the former LSU star played decently in college events in the Lowcountry so this week might be a spark for him.