PGA Tour: RBC Heritage Preview and Golf Favorites
The week following The Masters, the first major of the PGA Tour season, is always a bit of a letdown for golf fans, as it’s always tough to follow a tournament as big as the one at Augusta National. Rather than switching off, though, golf fans and bettors should really consider taking a look at the RBC Heritage this weekend. A very good group of players will descend on the Harbour Town Golf Links Course in Hilton Head, South Carolina starting on Thursday, April 12, with another nice chunk of prize money up for grabs for the top players. This course may not be that far up the road from Augusta, but it is worlds apart in terms of playability. The drivers may be left in the bag here, as accuracy is more important than length on this course. Let’s look at the golf favorites for the RBC Heritage tournament this weekend.
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What: RBC Heritage
When: April 9-15, 2018
Where: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Defending champion: Wesley Bryan
Established: 1969, 49 years ago
Tour: PGA Tour
Length: 7,099 yards (6,491 m)
Format: Stroke play
Last 10 Winners
2017: Wesley Bryan
2016: Branden Grace
2015: Jim Furyk
2014: Matt Kuchar
2013: Graeme McDowell
2012: Carl Pettersson
2011: Brandt Snedeker
2010: Jim Furyk
2009: Brian Gay
2008: Boo Weekley
The #1 ranked player in the world has been consistent this season but has yet to turn that consistency into wins. He does have one tour victory this season. And he has also finished in the top 10 in 5 of his 7 starts thus far. He tied for 10th at The Masters last weekend but will be disappointed that he was never really a threat to Patrick Reed and the other players at the top of the leaderboard. He is far and away the class player of this tournament, and if he plays near his best, he should win.
There is a genuine reason to like Casey here, as well as a reason to perhaps be a little concerned. The concerning part of wagering in Casey is that he entered The Masters complaining of a hip injury. On the plus side, he shot a brilliant 65 on the final day of the tournament, leaving you wondering what he could have done had he been fully healthy. He is in with a shot here, assuming of course that he is fully fit and ready to go.
Kuchar has not won a PGA Tour event since back in 2013 but is still a player who regularly lands near the top of the leaderboard. He has a trio of top 10 finishes this season, including 2 in the last 3 tournaments that he has played in. He finished tied for 28th at The Masters last week, and while that may not do much to make you think about playing him here, remember that this field is a good deal more diluted than what we saw last week.
Leishman comes into this tournament at odds of 25/1, which is a great price when you consider how well he played at Augusta last week. Leishman spent some time atop the leaderboard at The Masters before falling off the pace on Saturday and Sunday, although he still did well enough to land in the top 10 and earn a very nice payday. While I don’t see him being able to take down Dustin Johnson at this event, he is a guy who could very well land in the top 5. It’s all just a matter of putting together 4 solid rounds, which he did last week at a much bigger event.