After a successful return in Texas last week, the PGA Tour continues this week as we head to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage! The tournament will be played from Habour Town Golf Links, kicking off this Thursday morning.
As usual, we have a full preview and betting tips for the upcoming action, and remember, you can check out our full list of golf betting recourses by heading to our dedicated golf page here.
RBC Heritage Betting Tips
Thursday 18th June – Sunday 21st June, Harbour Town Golf Links, South Carolina
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS).
PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m. (featured groups), Saturday-Sunday 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. (featured groups). Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (featured holes).
Radio: Thursday-Friday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).
The RBC Heritage has been held at the Habour Town Golf Links every year since it’s inaugural event in the 1969 PGA Tour season. It is one of the longest running single venue events on the PGA Tour, and will be treated to one of it’s strongest ever fields this season as players continue to make their comebacks from the COVID-19 lay-off.
There were rumours circulating that Tiger Woods was making his way up to South Carolina from his Florida home aboard his private yacht and was going to line up in the RBC this week. It looks as though the GOAT will opt to have another week off though and could target a return at the Travelers next week.
Despite the absence of Woods, the field for the RBC is absolutely stacked this week as players aim to find their feet in the newly returned PGA Tour season before a busy major and key tournament period kicks off in August.
Some of the key players who will be lining up this week include:
Top Ranked Players:
Top FedEx Cup:
Former RBC Winners:
2013: G. McDowell
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, U.S.
Designed By: Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III
Length: 7,099 Yards
Slope Rating: 148
The Harbour Town Golf Links was designed by Pete Dye with the help of Jack Nicklaus, who coincidentally won the inaugural tournament back in 1969. It plays at just under 7,100 yards as a Par 71, which isn’t particularly lengthy by current PGA Tour standards.
While distance isn’t really an issue for professional players, tee-to-green can still be a tough test at Harbour Town, as the rough is quite thick and the green complexes are much smaller than the PGA Tour average. At just over 3,000 square feet on average compared to the PGA Tour average of over 6,000 square feet, the Harbour Town greens are not only small but super slippery when you have the short stick in hand.
Lengthy players traditionally haven’t had a strong advantage at Harbour Town, and we’ll be favoring accuracy rather than length off the tee this week, as well as strong short-mid range approach players.
When it comes to top dogs on the PGA Tour at the moment, a few guys instantly come to mind. Rory McIlroy (+1100) is the top ranked player in the world and despite a poor fourth round at the Charles Schwab last weekend, looked in pretty good touch. He finished T36, marking the first time in the 2020 season he has failed to finish in the top 10 of a official PGA Tour event. We will continue to back Rory week in, week out, especially after a ‘poor’ performance by his standards results in his price drifting out.
Justin Thomas (+1400) had a strong performance at the Charles Schwab last weekend, finishing T10 at 11 under par. After returning from injusry earlier in the season, he was just starting to find some red hot form before COVID-19 halted play, and he looks as though he hasn’t missed a beat. Thomas has played at Harbour Town just twice, finishing 11th in 2016 and 75th in 2017.
Xander Schauffele (+1800) is yet to break through for a win in the 2020 PGA Tour season but is no doubt one of the in-form golfers in the world. The No.10 ranked player in the OWGR finished 3rd at the Charles Schwab last week and currently sits inside the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings. He finished second in both the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Sentry Tournament of Champions before the season was put on hold.
Matt Kuchar (+3300) is one of our favorites this week due to a dominant record at Harbour Town in the past. Not only does Kuchar boast a RBC win back in 2014, since then, the veteran has results of 5th, 9th, 11th, 23rd and 2nd in the last five trips to the Heritage. Unlike some of the other top ranked players lining up this weekend, the RBC Heritage is an annual stop for Kooch, and his game certainly meets the criteria we are hunting this week.
Justin Rose (+3300) finished third at the Colonial last week and seems to really be benefitting from the change of clubs he made earlier in the season. The Englishman went through a real down patch last season after signing with manufacturer ‘Honma’ but has since reverted to the TaylorMade bag that helped him reach No.1 a few years ago. Ball striking from tee-to-green is at a premium at Harbour Town and there aren’t many better ball strikers in the world than Rosey.
Another strong performer at Harbour Town and one that lacks distance off the tee but makes up for it with strong approach play and even better putting is Ian Poulter (+5000). Poults has played the last five RBC Heritage tournaments in a row, finishing in the top 20 in four of them and the top 10 in two. His two top 10 finishes came in 2018 (7th) and 2019 (10th) and his game style really seems to mesh well with Harbour Town.
Quick as we can for the dark horses here. Luke Donald (+15000) has a ridiculous seven top 3 finishes in 11 starts dating back to 2009 at Harbour Town. Jim Furyk (+12500) has won the event on two occassions and boasts eight top 10 finishes in 20 starts at Harbour Town. Greame McDowell (+15000) won the evnet back in 2013 and competes in the RBC Heritage annually, despite never really breaking through for another strong performance, course knowledge should be paramount here and he has shown glimpses throughout the season so far.