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Rory McIlroy first played at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in 2009 as a 20-year-old in his first season on the PGA Tour. But that was also the last time he played in the RBC Heritage.
However, the Northern Irishman will return to the tournament this weekend for further competitive action following the sport’s three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The tour swung back into action with the Charles Schwab Challenge last weekend, but McIlroy fell off near the end of the tournament. Entering the final round at 10 under par, including a 63 in his second round, he shot a 74 on Sunday and finished tied for 32nd place.
Now, the 31-year-old will look to rediscover the consistency he had earlier in the 2019-20 season, when he started with six consecutive top-five finishes.
Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s RBC Heritage.
RBC Heritage 2020 Information
Dates: June 18-21
Tee times: A full list of tee times for the first two rounds can be found at PGATour.com.
Odds to Win
Rory McIlroy ( 1300; bet $100 to win $1,300)
Justin Thomas ( 1500)
Bryson DeChambeau ( 1800)
Jon Rahm ( 2000)
Xander Schauffele ( 2200)
Webb Simpson ( 2500)
Patrick Reed ( 2500)
Hideki Matsuyama ( 2800)
Collin Morikawa ( 3000)
Sungjae Im ( 3500)
Justin Rose ( 3500)
Brooks Koepka ( 4000)
Daniel Berger ( 4000)
Gary Woodland ( 4000)
Dustin Johnson ( 4000)
Matt Kuchar ( 4000)
Tony Finau ( 4000)
Kevin Kisner ( 4000)
Branden Grace ( 4500)
Tyrrell Hatton ( 4500)
Jordan Spieth ( 5000)
Billy Horschel ( 5000)
Rickie Fowler ( 5500)
Matthew Fitzpatrick ( 6000)
Jason Kokrak ( 6000)
Complete list of odds available at Caesars Sportsbook
For the second straight week, McIlroy is one of the early favorites to win a PGA Tour event. But the Heritage has a deep field that should lead to a competitive weekend, potentially culminating in an exciting finish.
Last weekend, Daniel Berger edged Collin Morikawa in a one-hole playoff to secure the win the Charles Schwab Challenge, but there were plenty of other golfers battling for the lead in Sunday’s final round, as four finished tied for third at just one stroke back.
Among the quartet tied for third was Bryson DeChambeau, whose round of 70 on Day 3 scuppered his hopes of victory. He has increased his power and ability to hit long drives as a result of the 20 pounds he gained during quarantine.
It even impressed McIlroy, who was paired with the 26-year-old for Sunday’s final round and found out how powerful he was on the 11th hole.
“I hit a really good one and probably hit it like 315, 320 [yards],” the world No. 1 said, according to Rex Hoggard of GolfChannel.com. “He must have flew by my ball by 40 yards. He hit it like 370, 375 into the wind. It was crazy. It was nuts. It’s unbelievable.”
DeChambeau should have another strong showing at the Heritage. He’s been successful at the tournament in the past, placing third in 2018 and fourth in 2016. And although he missed the cut last year, his improved power should help him have results similar to his outings at Harbour Town.
Another golfer to watch this weekend could be Branden Grace. Although he’s not among the favorites, he won the Heritage in 2016. He finished seventh at the tournament in 2015 and 11th in 2017.
The 32-year-old is also coming off one of his best showings of the season. He shot a 66 in each of the first three rounds at the Charles Schwab Challenge and was 12 under par entering the final day. He shot a 73 in the final round, but he still managed to tie for 19th, his second-best finish of the year.
With so many top golfers in this year’s field, including the top six in the Official World Golf Rankings, the Heritage should be another tour event to produce thrilling action, making it a must-see this weekend.