The 23rd event of the wraparound season is upon us, as many of the game's best make the short drive from Augusta, Ga., to the coast of South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. A field of 132 will tackle Harbour Town Golf Links, where the winner will receive the tartan jacket.
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1. Jordan Spieth: The Masters champ probably hasn't gotten much sleep in the last few days, but his red-hot form can't be ignored. Two wins and a pair of runner-up finishes in his last four starts, and now Spieth tees it up at a course where he has finished T-9 and T-12 in his two prior appearances. The threat of a hangover is real, but he still deserves the top spot.
2. Patrick Reed: While Spieth deservedly grabbed headlines this week, Reed has now compiled four straight top-25 finishes despite tweaking his knee in Houston. He ranks eighth on Tour in total strokes gained and 19th in scoring average, and Reed will likely be motivated to catch up with the newly-anointed rising star of American golf.
3. Zach Johnson: One of the game's more accurate players with a wedge in his hands, Johnson has a pair of T-9 finishes sandwiched around a T-20 result in San Antonio. He has two prior top-10 finishes at Harbour Town, including a runner-up in 2012, and Johnson is 19th this season in strokes gained tee-to-green.
4. Webb Simpson: Simpson has been mostly on the fringe of contention this season, but his stat line suggests that may change this week. A playoff runner-up at this event in 2013, Simpson has two other top-15 finishes here since 2010 and ranks eighth in scoring average, ninth in ball-striking and second in the all-around ranking.
5. Ian Poulter: The Englishman quietly compiled a very solid weekend at Augusta National, going 67-67 while hitting 32 of 36 greens in regulation. He's making just his second trip to Hilton Head since 2006, but his ball-striking is rounding into form as evidenced by his run of four top-25 finishes across his last five starts.
6. Jim Furyk: Furyk enters off his first missed cut in nearly two years, but the veteran usually puts up a solid result at Harbour Town. Furyk has six top-10 finishes at this event since 2005, highlighted by his win in 2010, and he finished T-7 last year. While he has struggled on the greens this season, he still ranks fifth in fairways hit and eighth in strokes gained tee-to-green.
7. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman was the surprise name on the Masters leaderboard over the weekend, but his T-9 finish was his third straight result of T-11 or better. Hoffman has also had some success at Harbour Town, with a T-8 finish in 2012 followed by a T-6 showing in 2013 where he held the 54-hole lead before fading with a Sunday 77.
8. Luke Donald: Donald's spot is a nod to course history over current form. He's in the midst of a mediocre season, with only one top-40 finish in nine starts, but his Heritage record is unparalleled: five top-three finishes over the last six years, including three runner-up results. He appeared in position to win last year before Kuchar's hole-out, and perhaps a friendly venue can spark his return to form.
9. Russell Henley: Henley finished T-6 in 2013 in his Heritage debut, and he followed a fourth-place showing in Houston last week at the Masters, where he finished 21st. Henley has made the cut in each of his 11 starts this season and ranks inside the top 15 in both total driving (14th) and strokes gained putting (15th).
10. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar won this event last year in dramatic fashion, but his typically-consistent form has become a bit rocky in recent weeks. He faded over the weekend in Houston and was never a factor at Augusta National, where he finished T-46. He hasn't had a top-10 finish since January, but he has cracked the top 25 at Harbour Town four times since 2008.