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Star cast at RBC Heritage
Last updated: 18th April 2013
Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Brandt Snedeker are all taking part in the RBC Heritage this weekend.
The tournament, which will feature 144 of the best player on the United States PGA Tour, will provide the ideal opportunity for all three golfers to make amends for their failure to win the coveted green jacket at Augusta National last weekend.
Popular opinion has it that golf is largely a mental game, which requires confidence to succeed. Day and Snedeker would have been worst affected in this regard, as both players experienced mass capitulations with the Masters title well within reach.
Leishman will be aggrieved by the fact that he failed to build on the momentum he had gained through the first three rounds of the Masters. In all three cases, the self belief would have been severely dented.
However, succeeding at the RBC Heritage will be a massive undertaking, as the field will feature a very strong cast. In the field there are 68 PGA Tour winners.
Of the 68, seven have already won a title this year. Tour rookie Russell Henley will want to prove that his victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii was not the proverbial case of beginners luck.
Brian Gay was a winner at the Human Challenge and will be determined to win another tournament this year.
Matt Kuchar, winner of the World Match Play earlier this year, will like to prove to himself that he can convert that form into the strokeplay.
Michael Thompson was a winner at the Honda Classic, Scott Brown lifted the Puerto Rico Open title and Kevin Streelman was the most recent winner on the PGA Tour with a win at the Tampa Bay Championship.
The field also features past winners Glen Day, Carl Petterson and Boo Weekley.
Meanwhile, former major winners, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson and Zach Johnson will also be in the fray.
Also in the field this week is England's Brian Davis, who called a penalty on himself during a sudden-death play-off with Jim Furyk at the same event in 2010.
Davis, still searching for his first PGA Tour title, had forced the play-off with a 72nd-hole birdie to pull level with Furyk, who had been the overnight leader.
Golf fans will recall that the pair went back to the 18th tee and Davis found himself in trouble after sending his second shot off rocks next to the green and onto the beach.
Davis decided to play from where his ball lay and chipped onto the green, but called a penalty on himself for touching a loose impediment with his club during his swing.
He informed PGA Tour rules chief Slugger White who, after consulting with colleagues, determined a two-shot penalty was in order, leaving Furyk to hole out for victory.
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