Even if it doesn’t feel like it at first, life goes on after the Masters. And while most of the golf world is slow on the take following the whirlwind week in Augusta, Hilton Head Island is the perfect landing spot.
Traditionally a family vacation/decompression stop, Harbour Town Golf Links is no walk in the park for these guys. The Pete Dye-designed course “is like playing in a hallway,” Stuart Appleby has said. An inland course winding through the Sea Pines Resort opens up to the Calibogue Sound over the last few holes to showcase the famous Harbour Town lighthouse.
Defending champion Jim Furyk will not be competing this week as he continues to rehab from his wrist injury, but other big names such as Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Paul Casey, Kevin Kisner and Branden Grace headline a solid field.
What The Experts Are Saying
Jeff Sherman of GolfOdds.com and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has set World No. 1 Jason Day as the betting favorite at 6/1. Paul Casey and Brandt Snedeker come in at 15/1. Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar are 20/1 and Kevin Kisner is 25/1.
Rob Bolton at PGATour.com set his Power Rankings as follows: 1. Casey, 2. Day, 3. Snedeker, 4. Kisner, 5. Graeme McDowell, 6. Kuchar, 7. Luke Donald, 8. Kevin Na, 9. Charley Hoffman, 10. Scott Brown, 11. Matthew Fitzpatrick, 12. Bill Haas, 13. Chez Reavie, 14. Branden Grace, 15. Ian Poulter.
Pat Mayo at RotoExperts.com likes the chalk — Day, Snedeker, Kisner, Kuchar, Grace — and a few wildcards — Chris Kirk, Danny Lee and Robert Streb, .
Lastly, Steve Bamford at Golf Betting System is backing Snedeker, Johnson and McDowell.
Horses For Courses
Here’s how guys have fared recently in this tournament, via Golf Betting System:
One and Done
Used: Jimmy Walker, T10 (Hyundai); Brandt Snedeker, P2 (Sony); Patrick Reed, T56 (CB Challenge); Jamie Lovemark, T31 (Farmers); Bubba Watson, T14 (Phoenix); Phil Mickelson, 2 (Pebble); Charl Schwartzel, T45 (NTO); Sergio Garcia, 2 (Honda); Justin Rose, T17 (Cadillac); Ryan Moore, 3 (Valspar); Henrik Stenson, T3 (Bay Hill); Scott Brown, T5 (Puerto Rico); Paul Casey (Match Play); Louis Oosthuizen, MC (Shell); Rory McIlroy, T10 (Masters).