The common belief after the Masters is that players who participated and were in the running may struggle in their future performances. However, this did not seem to be the case for the competitors at the RBC Heritage, as they were able to handle the pressure and stress with ease.
Champion Matt Fitzpatrick led the way, beating defending champion Jordan Spieth in sudden death on the third hole. This came after Fitzpatrick’s impressive T10 finish at the Masters. Interestingly, out of the six players who achieved a top-five finish at the Harbour Town Golf Links, five of them had played in the major tournament the week before. Four out of these five had also managed to secure a top 10 at Augusta National, with Patrick Cantlay finishing T14. Overall, 32 out of the 47 players who had traveled from Augusta, Georgia, to the Lowcountry were among the 73 who had made the cut, accounting for a significant 68 percent of the players.
Fitzpatrick, who was one of only two players to have four rounds of par or better at Augusta National this year, is also the third consecutive champion of the RBC Heritage who earned money at the Masters the previous week. His discomfort from the bulging disc in his neck no longer seems to be an issue. Despite being the 12th-shortest player at +3300 on BetMGM’s leaderboard for the Harbour Town event, he managed to win the competition and claim the 500 FedExCup points and $3.6 million reserved for the winner.
Spieth, who had previously mentioned being mentally exhausted due to excessive golfing before the Masters, had odds of +2000 to win and defend his title at Harbour Town. This placed him at the fourth shortest odds to win. Cantlay, who lost to Spieth at the RBC Heritage in a playoff last year, finished third for the third time. He has been a podium finisher four times out of six appearances and achieved a T7. Cantlay’s repeated top finishes are reminiscent of Luke Donald, who finished second five times and third twice but couldn’t secure a win at Harbour Town.