The PGA Tour is headed to Hilton Head, South Carolina this week for the annual RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Each year, this tournament is played following the week of the Masters. Speaking of the Masters, how about Tiger Woods coming through and winning the 2019 Masters! I don’t think many people had Tiger last week and most people wouldn’t believe that he would win a major tournament, but he proved everyone wrong and got the win!
The tournament will get started on Thursday morning, April 18, and will consist of 132 golfers in the tournament. This is a smaller-than-usual player pool, as this is one of the invitational tournaments, and therefore brings a smaller field.
The RBC Heritage has a nice field this week, which will consist of the likes of Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeCahmbeau, Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth, just to name a few. The tournament has a prize pool of $6.9 million dollars and has brought out some of the best golfers in the world for this Hilton Head, South Carolina tournament.
The RBC Heritage is played at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The course was designed by Pete Dye with the assistance of Jack Nicklaus in the late 1960s and is just under 7100 yards in total length.
One of the things to be aware of with Harbour Town Golf Links is the fairways are lined with trees, and the greens are some of the smallest the pros will see all year on tour. The greens were purposely made to be small, causing headaches for those without strong accuracy.
Speaking of the greens, they are very small! The putting surfaces are minute compared to other areas they will play on and the smallest that they have played on leading up to this course this year. Dye has made this course with about 34% smaller greens than what they are used to seeing at other golf courses on the PGA Tour.
Let’s first take a look at the odds for those playing this week in the RBC Heritage.
RBC Heritage Betting Odds
Si Woo Kim-40/1
Byeong Hun An-40/1
Charles Howell III-40/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello-60/1
Now, let’s take a look at some golfers that we like for the 2019 RBC Heritage.
Francesco Molinari 14/1 – Molinari looked really strong in 3 of 4 days at The Masters but fell just short getting the win, ending up 2 shots behind Tiger Woods for the win. Molinari is a very good Scrambler, has been nearly every year, and I expect he will compete here on Sunday for the win.
Xander Schauffele 18/1 – Schauffele came out of nowhere at the Masters to compete and finish tied for 2nd. Xander played really good and with the exception of two bad drives off the tee, he could have stood a legitimate chance to win on Sunday. His numbers are strong for this particular tournament. He is 7th in Par 4 Scoring, 14th in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green and 15th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green. He has only played here once, last year, but finished in 32nd place.
The Value Guys
Brandon Grace 40/1 – Grace has played here three times, and in those three times, he has finished with a win in 2016, 7th place finish in 2015 and 11th place finish in 2017. He didn’t play here last year but returns this year to a course that he seems to play well at. His accuracy certainly helps him around these narrow fairways and short greens and should help him compete for the win on the weekend.
Jim Furyk 30/1 – How Furyk is 30/1 is a mystery to me! First off, he is a two-time winner of this tournament. He won here in 2010 and then again in 2015, and he also has a 2nd place finish in 2005 and 2006. In addition to his strong course history, he also comes in with great form, finishing in 2nd place 5 weeks ago at The Players Championship and a 9th place finish the week prior at the Honda Classic. Additionally, when it comes to Driving Accuracy, no one is better than Furyk. He is #1 on Tour and should do really well getting on the fairways.
Luke Donald 60/1 – About as confused as I was when I saw Furyk’s odds, was as confused I was when I saw Luke Donald’s odds. The guys have been nothing short of spectacular here, so why the online sportsbooks are giving us these type of odds is a mystery to me. He is 60/1 and is probably the best value among all golfers this week. He has played here 10 years straight and in those 10 years, has finished in either 2nd place or 3rd place in 7 of those years!