Experts' Picks: The Heritage

April, 20, 2011

Each week in the PGA Tour season, our panel of experts will share their insights into which players fit the criteria for our four categories below: Birdie Buster, Horse for the Course, Super Sleeper and Winner.

This week's tournament: The Heritage at Harbour Town golf writer Bob Harig

Birdie Buster: Brendan Steele
It's a lot to ask of a rookie who just won in only his 12th tour start to do it again. But he does come into the tournament on a roll and off the good vibe of winning for the first time at the Valero Texas Open.

Horse for the Course: Jim Furyk
The defending champion has had plenty of success around Harbour Town, adding four other top-10 finishes at the event in addition to his victory a year ago.

Super Sleeper: Brandt Snedeker
His fourth-place finish at the Valero Texas Open was his fourth top-10 of the year and followed a tie for 15th at the Masters. His lone PGA Tour victory came north of the border in Greensboro.

Winner: Rickie Fowler
Harbour Town was the site of Fowler's first PGA Tour event as an amateur way back in 2008, and last year he returned to tie for eighth following a final-round 67. This seems as good a time as any for the second-year tour player to get his first victory. senior golf editor Kevin Maguire

Birdie Buster: Brian Davis
The Englishman lost in a playoff last year after calling a penalty on himself on the extra hole. Golf's all about karma, right? What goes around comes around for Davis this week.

Horse for the Course: Davis Love III
He's struggled a bit this year and with his Ryder Cup captain duties don't expect much of a turnaround this year or next. But if there's one track Love can play from muscle memory it's Harbour Town, where he has five victories and hasn't missed a cut since 1994.

Super Sleeper: Boo Weekley
In 2 months he's made only two cuts, with a T-35 at the opposite field Mayakoba Golf Classic his best finish. But Weekley's a two-time winner at Hilton Head, so anything's possible.

Winner: Luke Donald
After missing the cut in his first tournament of 2011, Donald's worst finish in four starts since was a T-10 at the Honda Classic. Plus, he was T-3 in 2010 at Hilton Head and T-2 in 2009.





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