We don’t care how much golf you watched last weekend. There is more to consume. Get off the mat, it’s time for another round!

No let-down

The RBC Heritage is typically one of the more relaxed tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule, as most of the big names tend to take time off after the Masters. Not this week. The 2021 field features 10 of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, and Daniel Berger. Tee Times

Since the PGA Championship moved from August to May, players may be more incentivized to maintain their best form during this stretch of the calendar. There used to be a two-month gap between the Masters and the U.S. Open when most stars would lay low. But with just five weeks remaining until the PGA Championship, the big boys have shown up at Harbour Town. Well, not the biggest: Bryson withdrew on Monday.

Go time

With the ladies out west already, the LPGA Tour figured it might as well hop over to Hawaii. Top players in Sei Young Kim, Inbee Park, Danielle Kang, and the sisters Korda are in attendance at the Lotte Championship. Tee Times

As Ron Sirak pointed out, this week marks the beginning of the final stretch of Olympic qualifying on the LPGA calendar. Just 10 events remain before spots will be handed out, and two of those tournaments may not even be held. The LPGA has yet to announce whether the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore and the Honda LPGA Thailand will actually take place, given the limitations on international travel during the pandemic. Regardless, every event between now and the end of June will play a big role in deciding which players represent their countries at the Tokyo games. American and European players will also battle for Solheim Cup points over the summer. Buckle up!

Quick Hooks

If you didn’t get enough Alister MacKenzie at Augusta National, the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo is underway. Catch final-round action from 5 to 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday night on Golf Channel. Leaderboard

Viva! The Korn Ferry Tour heads to Las Vegas this week for the MGM Resorts Championship at Paiute. Either Davis Riley or Stephan Jaeger could earn the three-victory promotion to the PGA Tour with a win this weekend. Tee Times

In normal-person fashion, Hideki Matsuyama boarded a 6:45 a.m. flight out of Atlanta on Monday morning, about 12 hours after winning the Masters. His green jacket came along for the ride. Photo

USGA CEO Mike Davis said that the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines may welcome up to 10,000 fans on site. The USGA is still working with local officials in California to prepare for the event. Full Story from Tod Leonard

One year after Bryson DeChambeau sent balls soaring over the net at Harbour Town and into adjoining homes and golf holes, the tournament paid to bring in cranes to hold extended nets for safety. Funnily enough, Bryson proceeded to withdraw from the tournament.

The PGA Tour announced that vaccinated players will be exempted from Covid-19 tests 14 days after their second dose. Full Story from Daniel Rapaport

Turns out there are pictures on the scorecard. A Japanese newspaper depicted Hideki’s journey through all 72 holes at Augusta National this past week.

The Latest from The Fried Egg

Greed and Grace – The 2021 Masters was bookended by memorable caddie moments, one remarkable and one reprehensible. Brendan Porath on what he’ll take away from both images.

Paulie’s Picks: RBC Heritage – Harbour Town is a different kind of PGA Tour course, and Fried Egg fantasy guru Paulie is here to help you figure out who might do well there.

The Fried Egg Podcast: Recapping Hideki’s Masters Win with the U.S. Media’s Leading Hideki Expert

For the past decade, Sean Martin, senior editor at PGA Tour dot com, has been covering Hideki Matsuyama’s career with more depth and nuance than any other golf writer. So who better than him to sit down with Andy Johnson and review Matsuyama’s triumph at the 2021 Masters? Sean and Andy discuss the action down the stretch at Augusta National; Hideki’s backstory, personality, potential, and relationship with the press; and the story behind Sean’s appreciation of the new Masters champion’s game. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Shotgun Start: Everyman travel for Hideki, Pete Dye’s Harbour Town, and a Baton Boy apology

The Masters has come and gone but Shotgun Start plays on with this Wednesday episode. They begin with some clean-up from the first men’s major of the year, hitting on Hideki’s overly onerous modes of transportation after winning the Masters, the Town Crier’s attempt at an apology, and other post Masters “viral” moments. Then they’re on to the Harbour Town for the Heritage, highlighting the traits of the course and how different it will play compared to last year. The range net extension put up for the Thicc Boi, who then WD’d, is also covered. There is also a rumor about a welcome return to the Tour traveling circus. Shhhhedule for the week then focuses on the LPGA returning with a primetime event from Wednesday to Saturday. Event of the week is given to the college kids playing a MacKenzie on the other side of the country. News hits on some on-site fan constraints for the upcoming U.S. Opens in California. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

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