The RBC Heritage does well to retain a fair percentage of the world’s best golfers after last week’s Masters. It celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is therefore one of the more established and respected events on Tour.
There is no Tiger as you might expect but we have a strong declaration led by Dustin Johnson who shoots straight to the top of the outright betting with the offshore odds setters.
DJ is among a number of players who briefly threatened to dethrone Tiger Woods at the Masters and a strong finish puts him at the head of the markets this week at +800 with Bovada Sportsbook (whose odds we will use in this preview). Johnson has never won this event and that is why he’s down in third on the Power Rankings list for the RBC Heritage.
A year ago Dustin ended an eight-year absence at the tournament with a subdued tie for 16th but he still enjoys one of the biggest leads in the betting since the start of the year.
In a relatively distant second is Francesco Molinari (+1400) who must somehow overcome his slump on the final day at Augusta. Leading for so long, double bogeys shattered his round and we have seen how tough it can be to drag back from that level of disappointment.
Next is Xander Schauffele (20/1) who was also in contention on Sunday while Bryson Dechambeau (18/1) is the man at the top of those Power Rankings for Harbour Town. Bryson had a patchy Masters, highlighted by an ace on the final day, and while he has a good record in this tournament, form isn’t backing him up this week.
Also in the chasing pack is Patrick Cantlay (+2000) whose tie for 9th was his best finish in a Major to date, while Matt Kuchar (two points longer at 22/1) drops in as our first former champion of the RBC Heritage. Jordan Spieth (22/1) and Tommy Fleetwood (25/1) also appear in a tight middle section.
At the head of the outsiders is Kevin Kisner (33/1) who has a runners up slot in this tournament and a run of top 30 finishes coming into this week. Jim Furyk (33/1) must also be considered as the man with the best record from the golfers mentioned in this RBC Heritage preview so far. Furyk is a two-time winner, in 2010 and 2015, and he has two runners up slots to throw into the mix.
The defending champion is here but there’s no love amongst the bookies for shock 2018 winner Satoshi Kodaira (150/1). Between the Japanese and the head of the outside bets are a host of stronger contenders including Brandt Snedeker (50/1), Si Woo Kim (40/1), Kevin Na (100/1) and Marc Leishman (50/1) to name but four.
As we head towards the RBC Heritage predictions for this betting preview, it’s going to be another tough call. So what is needed to succeed here?
Our Preview’s RBC Heritage Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks Verdict
This golf tournament is played at Harbour Town Links at Hilton Head Island in what is South Carolina’s only event on the PGA Tour. The bare stats show a short, par 71 location which comes in at a fraction under 7100 yards.
Of course, we have all the usual challenges that a links course provides with weather conditions expected to play a part. The course features tight greens and Greens in Regulation has been a key stat in recent results, while a strong short game is also vital for success.
It may be worth noting that the two most recent champions, Wesley Bryan and Satoshi Kodaira, won on debut so experience isn’t always helpful. Multiple champions are rare and while Americans are dominant, there has been a good mix of nationalities among recent trophy winners.
Looking at our list of former champions there does seem to be something of a ‘Masters Hangover’ at Harbour Town. That is to say that while we retain a strong field for the RBC Heritage, a strong finish at Augusta doesn’t tend to lead to success in the following week.
This RBC Heritage preview is therefore drawn to some of the longer prices for our betting predictions and readers may want to play safer and opt for the top 10 finishers markets. This week, we are backing experience and are torn between Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood. Both have the stats to win at Harbour Town and have the temperament to bounce back from subdued Masters campaigns.
Australia’s Marc Leishman is also a hot contender but we will side with the added experience of Poulter and place the other two in the top 10 finishers picks, along with Harbour Town legend Jim Furyk:
- Bet on Ian Poulter to win @ best odds of +3553 (just under 36/1) with Bookmaker. He is +3300 (33/1) with Bovada, Intertops and BetOnline.
- Take these for top 10 finishes: Ian Poulter (best at +325), Tommy Fleetwood (biggest +250), Marc Leishman (top at +475) and Jim Furyk (+325) and all those best RBC Heritage betting odds are with Bovada.
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