The week after the Master’s is always a tougher one to get pumped for, but Harbour Town, per usual, provided a quality test and gave us a drama filled weekend. After looking like a DJ win for a couple days, all hell broke loose on Sunday, with the leaderboard ever changing and the tournament outcome in the balance until the final hole. C.T. Pan emerged victorious, picking up his first tour victory over the likes of Matt Kuchar, Pat Cantlay, Shane Lowry, and a slew of others within earshot of the winning number. It’s always refreshing to see someone’s dreams come true out on tour, as I’m sure was the case for C.T. It’s a life changing week for first time winner’s on tour, and we want to congratulate C.T. on his achievement!
C.T. is clearly our biggest mover of the week, earning himself a two year exemption, spots in this years majors and Augusta next year, and a big paycheck. A very bizarre Sunday from DJ saw him completely remove himself from the mix, and his playing partner Ian Poulter also struggled to a t-10 finish after being in the final group. If it wasn’t Dustin I would be more concerned, but I have learned with DJ that if he isn’t worried about it, neither am I.
That being said, let’s take a look at which players are trending in opposite directions leaving Hilton Head:
Pat Cantlay: The games slowest player is turning the corner as we get into the heart of Major season. With finishes of 24th, 9th, and 3rd after being cut at the Players’ Championship, Cantlay is a name to keep an eye on. He has never lacked talent and seems to be getting into one of his hot stretches where he is always contending. A man with very few weaknesses, his game is made to contend on a weekly basis, and if he can finally find the winning formula, he will become even more dangerous.
Kevin Streelman: Streels has quietly put together back to back t-6 finishes in his last 2 events, and is now squarely on the radar as a sleeper whenever he tees it up with this kind of form. Since his new found confidence using the Restore method, Streels has not backed away from the spotlight and is ready for another tour win. Although he has putted atrociously this year, he has still found a way to put himself in contention. If he can get the flat stick working, Kevin Streelman could sneak a tour win here in 2019.
Young Sam Burns: A t-9 at Harbour Town makes it 4 straight top 30’s for young Sam, 3 of those being top 25’s. Burns has the talent to win out here, and has found himself in late weekend groups numerous times in his young career. The problem so far has been consistency. He tends to make some really big numbers and has yet to play well enough on a Sunday when in contention. If Sam begins to play more consistent golf, do not be surprised to see him at the top of leaderboards in events in the near future.
The Meatball: Francesco Molinari was never interested in the RBC Heritage, and it showed. Fresh off his Master’s melt, Francesco went +4 over two days to comfortably miss the cut. Most will chalk this up as a Master’s hangover, but I think it lingers. Losing a tournament you were in control of is hard enough, but Augusta is a whole different animal. It is probably one of the tournaments Molinari wants the most, if not the ultimate win for him. I expect Molinari to struggle for the next couple of weeks, and possibly months, before turning it around and showing world class form again.
Brandt Sneeedekar!: Going through a well documented swing change with new-old coach Todd Anderson, Sneds appears to be lost off the tee. I know this because I rode him for our OAD pool at Harbour Town, and he never really had a chance because of his tee shots. Sneds, for the most part, will always putt well and is a solid iron player, but if the driver is as bad as it was this week, he will struggle at most venues. He already doesn’t hit it long, so short and inaccurate is a massive disadvantage in today’s game. He showed a spark at the Player’s, and I have no doubt Brandt will be fine, but until we see numerous weeks of at least above average ball striking, I would tread lightly.
That caps off our Stock Report for The RBC Heritage, and now we move onto the Zurich Classic, where there will be a shift in format with players competing in tandems. It should be a fun week to see guys play with each other, and we will have a rooting interest for all of our alums out there this week! Til’ next week.