The PGA Tour continues this week as it visits Harbour Town Golf Links for the 2022 RBC Heritage. Read on below to see my prediction for who will win the tournament, as well as my predictions for who will finish in the top 10, my dark horse, and my player to fade.
Winner: Collin Morikawa- Ranked #2 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Morikawa has done everything but win this season on the PGA Tour, with a pair of runner-up finishes and 6 top 10’s in 8 starts. Coming off of a 5th place finish at the Masters Tournament, Morikawa has had mixed success at Harbour Town Golf Links, finishing T-64 here in 2020 and T-7 in this event last season. Harbour Town is a course that requires accurate ball striking and for players to be sharp on their approach shots, 2 areas that Morikawa excels in. I predict that Morikawa will be slipping on the tartan jacket on Sunday after winning the RBC Heritage!
Top 10: Shane Lowry- Lowry has been on quite the tear over the last 2 months, with 2 top 5’s and 4 top 15’s in his last 5 PGA Tour starts, highlighted by a T-2 finish at The Honda Classic and a T-3 finish at the Masters Tournamwnt. Lowry also has past success in this event, with 2 top 10 finishes in 4 career starts. Harbour Town is a ball strikers golf course and this plays right into Lowry’s hands, as he is currently 11th in Strokes Gained: Approach The Green and 17th in Strokes Gained: Putting. Most certainly a threat to win, a top 10 finish is a lock for Lowry this week.
Dark Horse: Alex Noren- Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Noren has quietly been putting together a great stretch of play, with 2 top 10’s and 5 top 30’s in his last 6 starts, highlighted by a T-5 finish at The Honda Classic. Noren also enters this week with past success in this event, as he has finished inside the top 30 here each of the last 3 years. A win isn’t entirely out of the realm for Noren, but a top 25 finish is certainly within his reach this week.
Player to Fade: Scott Brown- Brown has struggled at Harbour Town Golf Links of late, missing the cut here in his last 5 starts after making the cut here in his first 4 starts. Brown has made the cut in 3 of his 5 starts on tour this season, but all 3 made cuts came in tropical locales (Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Brown has a game that is suited for a specific style of course and this course is not one of them, as Brown will miss the cut here for a sixth consecutive time.