RBC Heritage: Friday – Day 5

Okay, first things first: That Leafs game sucked last night. It just flat out sucked. 5-1 and that Kadri hit, ugh. I do think its a little unfair that every clip going around the internet doesn’t show Wingels’ elbow to Marner that started the whole thing, but that’s the world we live in.

Anyways… Another beautiful day here in Hilton Head. It doesnt get much better than Mid-20’s (Celsius), Blue skies, and 5-10 mph winds. Just delightful.

Unfortunately today is my last day here at Harbour Town. I have to work Monday morning back in Toronto, so as of 4 a.m. tomorrow morning I will be back on the road. That being said, I wanted to actually enjoy the course and the tournament today, and didn’t even attempt to get any interviews. Bryson came into the Media Centre after his round, so I asked HIM a question, but no one-on-ones.

Still here? Good

It’s well documented that this is one of the favourite events on Tour for both fans and players alike. My mission today was to capture the essence of why that is. It’s not rocket science that good weather, a fun course, and great hospitality make for a good week, but there’s something special about things here in Harbour Town. From the plaid everything to the beautiful views, to Calibogue Sound (pronounced cal-ih-bogey), I’ll be coming back as long as they’ll have me.

Course

The opening tee-shot is something that gives everyone the heebie-jeebies. Here at Harbour Town is no different, but I love that the starter and certain workers wear the full plaid get-up. Here’s Bryson DeChambeau teeing off on the first tee. Can’t tell here, but the entire area was surrounded by people and Bryson’s caddie had to give a few unaware fans the shush of their lifetimes.

The 10th tee is a good spot too, in sort of a bottleneck where most of the fans congregate.

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As you can see in this video below of Webb Simpson hitting his approach to the 10th green; just beside the 10th fairway is the 16th fairway, so there are a lot of people gathered in one spot

I don’t claim to be a professional camera-man. Here’s a look from closer to the 16th tee

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No matter where you are on the course, the views are incredible.

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The clubhouse isn’t too shabby either, eh?

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And, of course, the Iconic Lighthouse

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Fan experience

The Heritage Foundation and everyone involved in organizing this week does SUCH  a great job of making it an enjoyable time for everyone. From the diehard golf fan, to the person dragged here with a significant other just hoping to work on their tan, there is something for everyone.

This guy here sums up the vibe pretty nicely. Business in the front, party in the back

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Plaid hat to top it all off, damn.

In all seriousness though, they have it all: Craft Beer tents, Wine at Nine, the Heritage Lawn which is like a party-zone, a Kids zone, etc, etc.

There are also several houses right on the course throwing house parties

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You get the vibe, its a good time.

Unless you fall into the water and are met by this guy:

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Yep, that’s a gator. Couple of them out there today, working on their tans.

As for crowd size? Take a look at the gallery around Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Wesley Bryan’s group

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Mood/Vibe of the Players

The best part about seeing a golf tournament in person, is just how close you can get to each and every golfer not named Dustin Johnson.

No, that’s not a dig at Dustin Johnson, it’s just very hard to get close to anyone with a following his large.

Other guys though, you can get right in their grill. Here’s Jonathan Byrd taking a drop.

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And Corey Conner’s tee shot on the par-3 7th hole

Speaking of Corey Conners; he is not only Canadian, which makes him instantly likeable, but he is SO down to earth and kind with his time. He granted me an interview on Monday, acknowledged me a few times throughout the week, and then today while I followed his attempt to make the cut, I came across his fiancee. She was just as nice! Life goals for sure. She walked with us the last hole or two and after the round they even took a picture with me. Just the best people. Certainly gained some lifelong fans in my Mom and I (she came with me again today).

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The rest of the guys were nice too, but Corey and Mallory (apologies if I heard your name wrong!) stood out and made a great impression.

Another guy that stood out, just with how gracious and quite frankly, intelligent he is, was Bryson DeChambeau.

After shooting a second round 64 and holding the lead at 10-under, Bryson came into the Interview Room where I asked him about his putting.

What an answer. He is SO well-spoken.

Being the parent that she is, my Mom asked Bryson to take a picture with me.

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Neither of us are looking our best here, but nice to know I’m taller than one of the best golfers in the world.

Oh, and just to top it all off, we got Pizza and Beer in the Media Centre today at 5:00. Perfect end to a perfect week.

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My Davey Pageviews One-bite grade for the pie?  7.8

As for the actual tournament, the leaderboard after two rounds reads as follows:

1st – Bryson Dechambeau at -10

2nd – Si-Woo Kim and Ian Poulter at -9

4th – Chesson Hadley, Brandt Snedeker, Rory Sabbatini and Luke List at -8

8th – Danny Lee, C.T. Pan, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III and Bill Haas

Notables:

Matt Kuchar – Tied 13th at -6

Webb Simpson – Tied 21st at -5

Dustin Johnson – Tied 26th at -4

Canadians

All 4 Canadians in the field missed the cut: Mackenzie Hughes, Corey Conners, Nick Taylor, and David Hearn.

Nick Taylor had three birdies today, bringing his total to four for the week. At $500 a pop that’s $2000 that Nick will donate to the Humboldt Broncos Gofundme. Again, just a great gesture, especially when he’s not taking home a paycheque this week.

Well, that’s all folks. Thanks for following along all week. I’ll have a podcast up at some point in the next few days; going to record tonight and then post whenever I can get wifi on the road.

Hope everyone enjoyed my week at the RBC Heritage, I know I sure did, and already CANT WAIT to come back next year. Here’s hoping Bryson can finish the job this weekend, and that I don’t run into any crazy weather on the way home.

-RJ McCullough


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