Power Rankings: RBC Heritage

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PGA Tour: RBC Heritage Power Rankings

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This week’s stop on the PGA Tour is heaven on earth for the elite ball strikers in the game. Harbour Town Golf Links and its incredibly tight layout play host to the RBC Heritage. Despite its position as the event immediately following The Masters, this event always manages to draw a quality field. Ten of the top 25 golfers in the world are teeing it up. And for those that assume all the big names take a week or two off after major championships, 14 of the top 34 from Augusta National are playing this week.

This course caters to the precision shot makers on tour and not the big hitters that have a distinct advantage at so many other events throughout the year. Its 7,101 yard length rewards quality shots but also provides some semblance of salvation should a shot be hit fractionally imperfect. The weather will also play a big factor in how low the scoring goes this week.

Some might argue that players that took part in The Masters last week could be off of their gaming after experiencing a letdown. I disagree with that assumption. In my opinion, just because a golfer didn’t win The Masters doesn’t mean they will necessarily be lacking confidence coming into this week. In some instances, I would go so far as to argue the opposite. At the very least, they know where there game is coming into this week and have had an opportunity to try and work out any kinks.

With that being said, here are the top five in our power rankings for the RBC Heritage.

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#5 Matt Kuchar

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This guy always seems to be hovering around the top of the leaderboard with four top 10 finishes in 2013. He’s also a top 25 machine at Harbour Town. Kuchar has played well this year and there’s no reason to think that will change this week.

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#4 Boo Weekley

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A former back-to-back winner here in 2007 and 2008, Weekley clearly has an affinity for this course. He’s been consistently making it to the weekend this year. His history here combined with his ability to stick around will make him a contender.

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#3 Jason Day

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Day had yet another strong show at the Masters, finishing third. Four top 10 finishes in eight events this year have him ranked 12th in the FedEx Cup standings. He’s also 32nd in scoring average this year, which generally translates to success.

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#2 Jim Furyk

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The 2010 champion has finished inside of the top 10 in six of his last nine starts here. He’s made 12 straight cuts and this week won’t be any different. Furyk will be in the conversation on Sunday.

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#1 Brandt Snedeker

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Even though last week was obviously a disappointment, Snedeker has the mental toughness to overcome that hiccup. I see this as a statement tournament for him. It’s not as if he’s played poorly this year considering he has five top 10 finishes, including a win at Pebble Beach. Oh yeah, he also won this even two years ago.