Golf Preview – Heritage and Trophee Hassan

So not quite after the Lord Mayor’s show, but after the magnificence of The Masters last week we are back to domestic competitions on the PGA and European Tour.

In American they are at Harbour Town – with its iconic Lighthouse – for the RBC Heritage, which is approaching its 50th staging.

Defending champion is South African Branden Grace and he is once again amongst the favourites for the title.

The bookmakers are siding with Matt Kuchar – who won the RBC in 2014 and is coming off the back of a brilliant performance at Augusta.

And he is happy to be playing in South Carolina. ”This is almost like the perfect event after the Masters,” Kuchar said. ”You get in the Lowcountry and feel the blood pressure go down a little bit and you just relax a little.”

The highest ranking player is actually England’s Ty Hatton, with just five of the world’s top 25 players featuring , but he is not amongst the favourites and is 25/1. Fellow Englishman Danny Willett is also in the field, looking to bounce back to form after missing the cut at The Masters.

The European Tour is back in Africa for what many believe is the real start to the 2017 season, as the the Trophee Hassan is staged at Morocco’s Royal Golf Dar Es Salam Club.

South Korean ace Jeung-Hun Wang is the defending champion and he is amongst the fancied starters at 28/1.

“I love to play this golf course so I hope I enjoy this week,” Wang said. “I am so happy to come back to Morocco and this golf course.

There are not too many big names in the field with South African Dean Burmester favourite to take the prize at the end of the week.

The pro’s point of view…

Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.

At Harbour Town I am a huge fan of Matt Kuchar and he will surely go close at a course he has done well on before.

The Trophee Hassan is a tough one but James Morrison and Jordan Smith are two who could go very close.

We say…’s Graeme Bailey brings you his golfing opinion


In Morocco I would be surprised if we don’t see a winner from South Africa so I think one of Dean Burmester or Brandon Stone.

In South Carolina, it looks a really interesting contest and I expect both Hatton and Willett to go well, both having struggled at Augusta.

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