Usually when a regular golf tournament follows a Major, there is a lower quality field but that’s not the case at the 2022 edition of the RBC Heritage. New US Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler may be absent but there are some high-quality entrants in this week’s field.
Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island provide the dramatic setting for a tournament that has been on the circuit since 1969. So let’s see if we can pick some winners from the available markets with this preview and its predictions with betting picks.
Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Cameron Smith have all made the trip to Augusta and each player can be claimed at odds of 12/1 in places. A tendency for the top golfers to sit this event out over recent years means that neither Smith, Thomas nor Morikawa have any strong stats to consider at the RBC Heritage.
Smith showed strongly last year with a tie for 9th in a campaign which began with an opening round 62. Morikawa was placed higher up the leaderboard with a tie for 7th while Thomas’ best return is a tie for 8th in 2020.
Those aren’t necessarily encouraging returns, but the three men are in decent form and are the highest ranked golfers this week.
Behind the top three, Dustin Johnson is at best odds of 16/1 with the sports betting sites for US players. DJ showed some glimpses of his best form at the Masters and has three Top 20 finishes in this tournament since 2018.
Patrick Cantlay is next at 18/1, followed by Shane Lowry and Matthew Fitzpatrick who are both quoted at 22/1. Lowry is attracting a lot of interest this week and some strong statistics put the 2019 Open Champion at the top of the Power Rankings. He is in good form and has two top ten finishes at the RBC Heritage.
Moving through the chasing pack, Corey Conners and Daniel Berger are quoted at 25/1 while Sungjae Im and Joaquin Niemann are both on offer at a general 28/1. Berger tied for third here in 2020 while Niemann tied for fifth on his debut last year.
At the top of the outsider section, Webb Simpson is out at an industry best of 40/1. Simpson is our first former champion of this event and his victory in 2020 added to a runner’s up slot in 2013. Overall, Webb has eight top 20 finishes at the RBC Heritage and is one to consider in the Top Ten finish markets at the very least.
Elsewhere, 2020 runner up Abraham Ancer is quoted at 45/1 while Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren and Russell Henley are at 50/1. Way back at a mighty top price of 125/1 is the defending champion and one of the most successful players in the history of this event. Stewart Cink triumphed in 2021 by four strokes to claim his third RBC Heritage title but advancing years put him down among the underdogs.
Other names to consider from this final section include Kevin Kisner at 55/1, Chris Kirk at 55/1, Matt Kuchar at 66/1, Adam Hadwin at 66/1, Brian Harman at 75/1 and Russell Knox at 90/1.
Our Preview’s RBC Heritage Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks
Harbour Town will provide the usual challenges laid down by links golf and the tests will be different to those experienced at Augusta last week. Wind can be a factor at times so the players will be hoping for benign conditions.
In terms of pure numbers, the course is a par 71 which comes in at some 7,121 yards. There is no great benefit for the power hitters, but accuracy is vital and Greens in Regulation should be the most telling stat.
With putting surfaces averaging at around 3,700 square feet, these are some of the smallest greens on Tour. There is punishment waiting so GIR should be pivotal across the four days.
With that in mind, the name that we keep coming back to is that of Joaquin Niemann. While the Chilean faded at the end in Augusta, it would have been easy to hide while playing in the shadow of Tiger Woods, but he held firm to put himself in genuine contention.
With an impressive tie for fifth on debut here last year, Niemann has the game to go even further in 2022. Along with the tournament winner tip, there are our regular Top Ten picks which will aim to make it a profitable four days on Hilton Head Island. These are the RBC Heritage predictions and betting picks for this preview:
- Joaquin Niemann to win at +3000 (30/1) with EveryGame, Bovada or BetOnline.
- Niemann, Webb Simpson, Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Kirk for Top Ten finishes (odds are with Bovada, Betonline or EveryGame when available).
Matt Harris is a golf and soccer expert for USA Betting. His other area of specialist knowledge is cricket. He is well known in sports journalism and contributes articles to a plethora of big-name websites and media outlets. Titles that he writes or has written for include: Betfair, BetVictor, Unibet & Just Bookies.