We might not have gotten as much drama as we wanted from The Masters, but we got the story. Hideki Matsuyama won and Will Zalatoris had a stellar tournament finishing second in his first start. One of those two will be in the RBC Heritage and not the one who is the new owner of a green jacket.
Zalatoris is one of the many big names who will be in attendance at Harbor Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC for this invitational tournament. Invitational status doesn’t mean as much here with a lot of top players taking up the week, so substitutes and those who fell just under the criteria initially will come in and play, but it’s still solid ground and a scenic golf course. . in Palmetto State.
We’ll find choices and plays and players to support for this week’s festivities.
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RBC Heritage betting odds
Webb Simpson is the defending champion and the clear favorite of the +850 this week. It’s weird not to see Dustin Johnson’s name first, but he hasn’t been in great shape lately and missed the cup at the Masters, so he sits at +1250. Patrick Cantlay and Matthew Fitzpatrick are +1700, while you have stellar players in the 20s with Collin Morikawa, Tyrrell Hatton, Will Zalatoris, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey, Corey Conners and Cameron Smith.
While we have some really big names here, consider the recent winners. Simpson won the tournament in June of last year when he didn’t follow The Masters and a lot of the guys were just happy to play during the pandemic. CT Pan, Satoshi Kodaira, Wesley Bryan, Branden Grace, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Carl Pettersson, Brandt Snedeker and Brian Gay are the winners dating back to 2009 when the tournament takes place right after The Masters.
In other words, don’t be afraid to look at the table here for a few options.
Harbor City Golf links
Wind can be a factor on this coastal course, but it’s true for all coastal courses, so you already knew that. It’s a course that really rewards accuracy with the first and second shot. It is not a long track, but a fairly narrow track which has small and well protected greens. Very few of these holes are straight as there are a lot of turns and doglegs on this course.
Driving precision, iron play and scrambling are all really important attributes on this course. Being a par 71 means a par 5. less. We’ve seen a lot of players, including Matsuyama last week in Augusta, really use the par 5s to their advantage this season. Most are accessible in two for today’s gamers. Here the length is a less important factor and there is one less par 5 so it comes down to the score par 3 and par 4 which means hitting GIRs and setting up bird putts with strokes that are near the hole.
Who has had success here?
Lots of players have done well here, but not the usual list of names we’d expect to see. Guys like Rory Sabbatini have four top 10 rankings here and a 21st last year. Is the 140/1 a good enough price to take a picture?
How about Kevin Streelman at 66/1? He had a few top-10 classifications before missing the Under-Cup last year. Similar success has followed Kevin Kisner, whose price is shorter at 55/1, but has three top-11 finishes to his name in Harbor Town. He’s a reliable guy off the tee with a great putting stroke.
Speaking of being reliable and good with the putter, Ian Poulter has finished in the top 15 four times in his starts at Hilton Head. He is also aligned at 55/1. Perhaps the best bet on the board is Si Woo Kim, who sits at 50/1 with a recent runner-up in 2018 and recent very good form.
If you really want to get off the board, Luke Donald has five second places and two third places at his price of 600/1.
He’s hard to cheer on unless you have a bet on him, but Matt “Aw, Shucks” Kuchar is 45/1 with five top-10s here and that aforementioned 2014 win. Branden Grace is easier to root and 80/1 with a win in the past.
Who has had recent success?
Whether you prefer the course form or the recent form we try to mention both in our golf articles. Corey Conners is one of the guys with a short prize, but he’s had four top-15 finishes in his last four stroke play events. It seems good.
Si Woo Kim has course form and recent form with three consecutive top 25 finishes, including a 12th last week at the Masters. Paul Casey was just outside the top 25 at Augusta, but had had some top 10 results before that. Certainly Zalatoris, who was second last weekend, is in a special form. Just like Cameron Smith.
Charley Hoffman is playing well and has been a regular at this event so it could be interesting. He finished second at the Valero Texas Open and finished in the top 20 during the Florida swing.
RBC Heritage Choice
So Woo Kim and Ian Poulter are my top two picks this week. Kim is in great shape and 10th in Scrambling which is important for this course. He has also played well here in the past. Poulter is another top notch scrambler who ranks fourth in Scrambling. His iron game has been poor this season, but he has a fairway seeker off the tee and that is helping here.
A big prize this week for games, for winning or if you participate in DFS is Chez Reavie. Reavie’s recent form is nothing out of the ordinary, but he’s 10th in handling precision, ninth in SG: Approach, and needs the shorter courses because he’s not far off the tee. He has 175/1, but 14/1 for a top 10 is a pretty good price.
Chris Kirk at 60/1 recently finished a few top-10s and ranks in the top 20 in Scrambling and achieves a high fairway rate.
Golf Channel and CBS have coverage of RBC Heritage this week.
For more on this week’s RBC Heritage, Brian Blessing made a video for our ATS YouTube page: