A week after The Masters and one of the best sporting events, maybe ever, we get to head to South Carolina and tee it up at Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. So it’s kinda like going to Nashville and having a great time and then having to ride back in a car hungover for 9 hours and the last couple driving through a blizzard in April. Just awful.
Purse: $6.9 Million (nice)
- Thursday April 18th: Golf Channel 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT
- Friday April 19th: Golf Channel 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT
- Saturday April 20th: Golf Channel 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CT
- Saturday April 20th: CBS 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT
- Sunday April 21st: Golf Channel 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CT
- Sunday April 21st: CBS 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT
Whose Teeing Off
A week after The Masters many big names are taking some time before gearing up for the Zurich Classic next weekend, Well Fargo, and the PGA Championship which is now played mid-May. However, we are still getting some big names to tee it up here in South Carolina. Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Tommy Fleetwood, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Francesco Molinari, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, and Jordan Spieth will all be teeing it up here on Thursday. There is still a lot of intrigue here with these guys. DJ, Molinari, Simpson, and Schauffele all finished in the top 5 at Augusta last weekend, Cantlay finished top 10, and Spieth is just trying to get his game together.
Satoshi Kodaira won this tournament last year at -12 under holding off guys like Si-Woo Kim in a playoff, Bryson Dechambeau, and Webb Simpson. This tournament has been played here for a long time but we’ll focus on the past years of winners and results.
- 2018: Satoshi Kodaira (-12): 200/1 odds
- Runner Up: Si-Woo Kim (Playoff)
- 2017: Wesley Bryan (-13): 66/1
- Runner Up: Luke Donald (-12)
- 2016: Branden Grace (-9): 40/1 odds
- Runner Up: Luke Donald, Russell Knox (-7)
- 2015: Jim Furyk (-18): 25/1 odds
- Runner Up: Kevin Kisner (Playoff)
- 2014: Matt Kuchar (-11): 16/1 odds
- Runner Up: Luke Donald (-10)
Regarding the last two winners in Kodaira and Bryan, they both won on their first time playing this course. We’ll get more into what kind of players win here in the next section, but guys who are accurate with their irons and off the tee do very well here. Let’s look at how some of the big names have played here.
- DJ has played here once, finishing T16 last year.
- Molinari has played here the past three years, made all cuts but never finished better than T22.
- Tommy Fleetwood has never played here.
- Jordan Spieth hasn’t played here since 2015. Before that he played from 2013-2015 and never finished worse than T12.
- Matt Kuchar has palyed here a ton including that win in 2014. He also finished T5 in 2015 and T9 in 2016. The past two years he’s gone T23 (2018) and T11 (2017)
- Schauffele played here for the first time last year and finished T32.
- Bryson Dechambeau has played here the past three years and gone T3, MC (2017), and T4.
- Webb Simpson is the other big name here, he finished T5 last year, T11 in 2016 and has a T2 in 2013.
- Luke Donald folks. Since 2009 he has finished 2nd here five times including in 2017 and 2016. He’s finished third here twice, most recently in 2013. In 2015 he finished T15. The bad news? Last year he missed the cut.
- Jim Furyk does have two wins here but his last two outings at the RBC haven’t turned out well. T70 last year and missed the cut in 2017.
Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island is a 7,100 yards Par 71 yard course. This course was designed Pete Dye in 1969 with a little help from Jack Nicklaus. It is located on the Calibogue Sound but only a few holes play next to it, including the final hole. The wind will be a big factor here along with tons of waters hazards and bunkers. There seems to be bunkers and water somewhere on every hole.
This is a very narrow course with bermuda fairways. You need to be very accurate off the tee and with your iron shots. Not only are the fairways narrow here, the greens are also very small – some of the smallest on tour. John Farrell, the Golf Pro at Harbour Town had this to say about the course:
John Farrell on Harbour Town Golf Links
“You have to be real precise with your iron play to score well here, and you’d better be able to drive it to a certain part of the fairway to set up your next shot. It’s a real position golf course that favors accuracy over brawn… “
So this course is all about accuracy, putting statistics, and scrambling ability. If a guy is not hitting fairways, he’s done here. Now that we’eve gone over the course as a hole, let’s look at some featured holes here including two Par 3s and long Par 5. Some of these pictures will give you insight into how narrow the course can look and the hazards all over the place.
Hole #4: 200 Yard Par 3
Got water here to the left and back of the green that will come into play when that pin is place towards the left side of the green. There is also a hidden bunker on the back that may save some guys from the balling going into the water on a long tee shot. Lots of room to the right for the bailout shot for guys.
Hole #7: 195 Yard Par 3
Interesting Par 3 here, it’s not too long but there’s two trees that really protect this green, along with a huge bunker on the front, and another on the left side. A very bad shot will end up in water, or maybe a nice little bounce off one of those trees.
Hole #15: 588 Yard Par 5
The only Par 5 on the back nine is a long one at almost 600 yards. The two Par 5’s on the front most guys will be able to reach in two, on this one you’ll need a massive accurate tee shot to reach in two. Dustin Johnson might be able to and maybe a few others. But most guys will be looking for accurate wedges to setup the birdie putts here. Two green side bunkers protect this green to the front, and some water for a very errant third shot.
Hole #18: 472 Par 4
Beautiful finishing hole here at Harbour Town. Just like all the other holes on this course, you need to be accurate on your tee shot. Trees like the right side of the fairway all the up to the green, while Calibogue Sound is out to the left. The final green is situated right in front of the popular lighthouse.
One & Done Picks: Celebrity pick since I suck at these. Big Beave takes Xander Schauffele this week.
Top 5 Betting: Cameron Smith (+1000), Luke Donald (+1000)
Cameron Smith has played here three times, made the cut each time, never finished worse than T32 but only as high as T15. However he’s 3rd in Strokes Gained Putting, 2nd in SG Short Game, and 20th total. Luke Donald, this is his fucking tournament. Gotta put money down on him in Top 5 and Top 10.
Top 10 Betting: Cameron Smith (+500), Luke Donald (+500), Kevin Streelman (+900), Satoshi Kodaira (+1200)
At Pete Dye courses Streelman is #1 in SG Off the Tee, #11 in SG Ball Striking, and top 40 in SG Putting and Approach. He also finished T7 here last year, and has a 3rd place finish in 2013. Kodaira is the defending champ here so why not? Guys have won this tournament back to back, and have shown you can play here well multiple years in a row. His odds are good enough to take a shot on him.
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One & Done History:
- Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
- Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0.00 (Missed Cut)
- Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama – $177,600 (T9)
- WGC-Mexico: Jon Rahm –$65,000 (T45)
- The Honda Classic: Sergio Garcia – $183,700 (T9)
- Arnold Palmer Invitational: Rickie Fowler – $35,000 (T40)
- The Players: Jason Day –$350,000 (T8)
- The Valspar Championship: Webb Simpson – $0 (Missed Cut)
- WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Brooks Koepka – $53,000 (T53)
- Valero Texas Open: Bud Cauley – $0 (Missed Cut)
- The Masters: Paul Casey – $0 (Missed Cut)
- RBC Heritage: Xander Schauffele –