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April 18 2013

12:00 PM

Afternoon groups to watch: Heritage

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els have never won here, but they've had their chances. They'll play together in the first two rounds of the RBC Heritage, along with Jason Dufner, beginning this afternoon.

Here's a look at their group, and a couple of others to keep an eye on in what should be a spectacular, sun-splashed day at Harbour Town (all times ET).

Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, 12:30 p.m.: Kuchar has finished in the top 15 at Harbour Town three times and comes into the week off his fourth top 10 of the season, a tie for eighth at the Masters. Similarly, Els tied for 13th at Augusta National -- his best result of the season so far. He led the field in putting there and at Harbour Town has seven top 10s in 13 career appearances.

Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Tim Clark, 12:40 p.m.: Donald lost to Brandt Snedeker here in a playoff two years ago. That year, Donald finished with 14 top 10s, including two win. This year? He has one top 10 and zero wins. McDowell, meanwhile, has three top 10s this year, is 10th in fairways hit, 13th in putting and first in scrambling.

Billy Horschel, Seung-Yul Noh, David Lynn, 1 p.m.: Horschel has the longest active cuts-made streak on TOUR with 20 in a row. He's also starting to blossom with finishes in the top 3 in each of his last two starts and four top 25s this season. Lynn got off to a good start at the Masters with a 68 in the opening round but was derailed by a third-round 80. His best finish this year was a tie for fourth at The Honda Classic.

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