Playoff-tested trio arrives at Harbour Town

April 11, 2012
Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- What do Luke Donald and Kyle Stanley have in common? They've both lost to the third member of this group, Brandt Snedeker, in a playoff.

Tee times
Tee times for Brandt Snedeker-Luke Donald-Kyle Stanley are below. Click here for all tee times.

Last year at the RBC Heritage, Snedeker erased a six-shot deficit with a final-round 64 at Harbour Town before beating Donald on the third extra hole when Donald's chip for par lipped out.

At the Farmers Insurance Open a little more than 10 months later it was Stanley's turn.

Leading by seven shots at the start of the day, Stanley shot a final-round 74 at Torrey Pines, three-putting from 45 feet for a triple-bogey on the final hole of regulation. He fell to Snedeker two holes later when his 5-foot par putt lipped out.

Stanley rebounded a week later, however, with a one-shot win in Phoenix.

Donald, meanwhile, has done just about everything but win at Harbour Town.

In Donald's last three years here, he's finished second twice and third once. He's also played his last 11 rounds at Harbour Town under par, which includes a 65 in the second round last year, and a 65-66 finish in 2009 on the 7,100-yard, par-71 layout.

There's little wonder why the world's top-ranked player has performed well on the short, tree-lined course with some of the smaller greens on the PGA TOUR -- he's accurate off the tee and leads the TOUR in strokes gained-putting.

Though Stanley missed the cut here a year ago in his only other appearance in the RBC Heritage, he should feel comfortable around here having playing his college golf at nearby Clemson.

He has cooled, however, since his victory earlier this season. In his last four starts, Stanley twice missed the cut and failed to finish in the top 50 in his other two starts.

Donald, meanwhile, is coming off a tie for 32nd at the Masters after winning in Tampa last month.

Snedeker-Donald-Stanley tee times
Tee times for first two rounds for Brandt Snedeker/Luke Donald/Kyle Stanley
Round 1
8:20 a.m. ET
No. 10 tee
Round 2
1 p.m. ET
No. 1 tee
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