Jordan Spieth’s phenomenal showing at Augusta National earned him a first Green Jacket at the tender age of 21, but rather than bask in the glory, the FedExCup leader is attempting to maintain his white-hot streak at the RBC Heritage.
Such heroics – Spieth tied the overall best four-round Masters score – could not have been predicted, but given the Texan’s form on the PGA Tour this season, landing that first Major was not unexpected.
A second win of the season at the Valspar Championship was followed by a pair of P2’s heading into the Masters, so no one has been striking a golf ball better anywhere in the world than the Dallas native.
Those who believe Spieth’s charge will continue onto the Harbour Town Links, where he has finished 12th, then 9th in two previous appearances, cannot be criticised, even at slender odds of 6/1, but he’s not had to contend with a Major ‘hangover’ before.
No Masters champ since Zach Johnson back in 2007 has teed it straight up at the RBC Heritage and the American finished sixth that particular year.
The key stat in South Carolina around a highly technical layout which ranks as the third-hardest par 71 on the PGA Tour, is hitting greens in regulation.
Here are three men who showed a strong hand at Augusta, who also rank highly in this key area:
Ian Poulter – 21st in GIR and T6 at the Masters @ 20/1
The Englishman is four-from-four cuts at Harbour Town and was majestic over the weekend at Augusta, carding a pair of 67s to finish on -9.
Webb Simpson – 15th in GIR and T28 at the Masters @ 33/1
The US Open champion has three finishes inside the top seven this season and better still, has a real affinity with the Hilton Islands track. He was tied for second here two years ago and boasts two other top 15 finishes.
Kevin Streelman – 17th in GIR and T12 at the Masters @ 50/1
Tied ninth in par-4 scoring, another fruitful stat at the RBC Heritage for past winners, Streelman comes off the back of a personal best finish in a Major. He was tied for third behind Simpson in 2013 and his approach work is right in the required ball park.
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