Entering the 2020 RBC Heritage, Jordan Spieth, a 3 time major champion has not won a tour event since 2017. As one of golfs latest prodigies, Spieth garnered comparisons to the “G.O.A.T” Tiger Woods at an early stage in his career. After a dominating performance turned heartbreak at the 2016 Masters, Spieth has been less than stellar during weekend play in PGA tour events, missing fairways across the world. This week Spieth looks to rewrite the narrative of his own story and put the train back on the tracks. After a strong outing in last weeks event, Spieth opened the gates Thursday at Harbour Town with a triple bogey on just his third hole. Here we go, same old Jordan again, right? Wrong! Spieth managed to make eight birdies the remainder of the round, including 7 of his last 8 holes. He ended the day at 5 under par and 2 shots behind leaders Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard. Spieth enters Fridays round with his momentum surging but which Jordan Spieth will show up? Hopefully the one that knows how to play golf…
Who Came To Play?
This years RBC Heritage is overflowing with talent, including the top 6 players in the world all showing up. But it appears they did not show up to play golf. Not a single one of the top 6 players in the world finished the day inside of the top 15 scores. The top 3 players in the world finished at even par or worse. At the top of the list is Rory Mcilroy who struggled mightily throughout Thursdays round. With a poor performance and a high finish from Jon Rahm, Mcilroy could forfeit the title of World number 1 to Rahm.
Brooks Koepka, 4th ranked player in the world, stumbled early on the front nine but recovered well. By the end of the day, Koepka looked like the well-oiled machine we are accustomed to finishing at 4 under par. Look for him to make some noise over the next few days and possibly return to dominating golf tournaments.
2020 RBC Heritage: Who Else?
Other players to keep an eye on moving forward are last weeks winner Daniel Berger who finished (-4), Webb Simpson (-6), Rickie Fowler (-4), and the walking Protein shake, Byson Dechambeau (-4), whose “Quarantine 15” hit different by adding 20 yards of average driving distance! These guys have been playing well and should remain in contention throughout the tournament.