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Golf Glance: Stewart Cink defends at RBC Heritage

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Apr 18, 2021; Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA; Stewart Cink poses with the trophy after winning the 2021 RBC Heritage golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Masters (Scottie Scheffler)
THIS WEEK: RBC Heritage, Hilton Head, S.C., April 14-17
Course: Harbour Town Golf Links (Par 71, 7,191 yards)
Purse: $8M (Winner: $1.44M)
Defending Champion: Stewart Cink
FedExCup Leader: Scottie Scheffler
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS).
PGA Tour Live: Daily feeds on ESPN+
Social Media: @RBC_Heritage (Twitter)
NOTES: Three of Cink’s eight PGA Tour titles have come at the RBC Heritage. The last player to successfully defend at the event was Boo Weekley in 2008. … Davis Love III leads with five career victories at Harbour Town. … Four-two of the 90 players who competed in the Masters are also in this week’s field, including seven who finished in the top 10 last week. … Morgan Hoffman, 32, is playing in his first tour event since November 2019. He was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) in 2017 and has spent time in Nepal and Costa Rica over the past two years working on ways to treat his condition.
BEST BETS: Collin Morikawa (+1200 at BetMGM) finished T7 last year and is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Masters. … Justin Thomas (+1200) does not have a win this season but does lead the tour with 18 consecutive cuts made and is second this season in birdie average (5.14). … Cameron Smith (+1400) finished T9 last year and leads the PGA Tour with a 69.223 scoring average this season. He opened with a 62 at Harbour Town last year. … Patrick Cantlay (+2000) has no top 10s in his past four starts but does have three in his previous four RBC Heritage starts. … Shane Lowry (+2200) is coming off a T3 at Augusta and has seven top-15s in his past nine worldwide starts. … Webb Simpson (+3300) set the tournament scoring record of 262 in winning the event in 2020 and has seven top-10s in 12 previous appearances.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Avondale, La., April 21-24

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Chevron Championhip (Jennifer Kupcho)
THIS WEEK: Lotte Championship, Ewa Beach, Oahu, HI, April 13-16
Course: Hoakalei Country Club (Par 72, 6,603 yards)
Purse: $2M
Defending champion: Lydia Ko
Race to the CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Wednesday-Sunday, 7-11 p.m. ET (All times Golf Channel)
Social: @LPGALOTTE (Twitter), @lottechampionship (Instagram)
Notes: Ko set the tournament scoring record at 28-under (260) last year, winning by seven shots to claim her first victory in 1,084 days. … The 10th edition of the event is being played at Hoakalei Country Club for the first time. It was held at Kapolei Golf Club last year following eight years at Ko Olina Golf Club. … Kupcho is attempting to become the first player to win her first start after a major victory since Ariya Jutanugarn in 2016. She leads the tour in greens in regulation (78.3 percent).
NEXT TOURNAMENT: DIO Implant LA Open, Los Angeles, April 21-24

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: Rapiscan Systems Classic (Steven Alker)
THIS WEEK: OFF.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: ClubCorp Classic, Irving, Texas, April 22-24

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