Power Rankings: RBC Heritage


With the season's first major now in the rear view mirror, the PGA Tour shifts its attention to the shores of Hilton Head. Harbour Town Golf Club plays host this week to the RBC Heritage, where 144 players will look to become the next champion to don the tartan jacket.

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Carl Pettersson returns to defend the title he won last year by five shots over Zach Johnson for his fifth career PGA Tour win. Here are 10 players to watch this week along the South Carolina coastline:

1. Jim Furyk: Still looking to snap a winless streak that has reached nearly three years, Furyk returns to Hilton Head where he has four top-10 finishes since 2006, including a win in 2010. His recent play, including a tie for third in San Antonio, indicates another high finish may be in store.

2. Matt Kuchar: His record at this event is solid, though unspectacular: eight straight made cuts since 2004, with a pair of top-10 finishes. He enters off three straight top-25 finishes, though, including a tie for eighth in the season's first major.

3. Brandt Snedeker: A winner here in 2011, Snedeker tied for 17th last year in defense of his title. His strong play at Augusta shows he may be working his way back into early-season form, but questions linger about what, if any, hangover effect will exist following his near-miss at the Masters.

4. Luke Donald: Before his hiccup last year (T-37), Donald posted three straight top-three finishes at Hilton Head. Possessing arguably the best short game in golf, the Englishman is well-equipped for the small green surfaces players will encounter this week at Harbour Town. 

5. Boo Weekley: One of the best all-time examples of the old adage, 'Horses for courses.' Weekley has broken par in 18 of 24 career rounds at Harbour Town, where he claimed back-to-back titles in 2007-2008. He's finished inside the top 15 three of the past four years here as well, including a tie for sixth in 2012.

6. Jason Dufner: Having peaked around this time last year, Dufner has three top-25 finishes in his last four starts, including a T-20 finish at Augusta. He has also been inside the top 25 here each of the last two years, including last year's tie for 24th despite an opening-round 78.

7. Jason Day: After nearly claiming a green jacket Sunday, the Aussie heads to Hilton Head where he has been inside the top 25 in each of his last two appearances. That includes 2011, when he followed up a second-place showing at Augusta with a tie for ninth at Harbour Town.

8. Billy Horschel: Though it may seem like a month or more has passed since he last played, Horschel was the hottest player in golf as recently as 10 days ago. Coming off a runner-up in Houston and a tie for third in San Antonio, there's reason to think his run of solid play will continue this week.

9. Graeme McDowell: The Ulsterman is making just his second start here since 2007, having tied for 61st in 2011. He enters the week 10th on Tour in driving accuracy and 13th in strokes gained putting, indicators that his form is more likely to resemble his strong play across the Florida swing than his missed cut at the Masters.

10. Kevin Stadler: Perhaps not a household name - yet. This year, though, Stadler ranks seventh in GIR percentage and 14th in total driving, both of which should help his cause this week. He posted a solid result in his last start (T-27 in Houston) and tied for fourth here a year ago.