Following a historic and memorable Masters Tournament, the PGA Tour heads to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, this week for the RBC Heritage.
The RBC Heritage Golf Tournament
Let’s cut to the chase and answer the question that most golf fans probably are asking first about this week’s RBC Heritage event. No, Tiger Woods isn’t playing. He probably won’t tee it up again until early next month at the Wells Fargo Championship and then next up would be the PGA Championship, which has been moved to May. Tiger’s fifth career Masters victory on Sunday and 15th career Grand Slam win was the biggest story in the United States on Sunday, sports or otherwise.
All of a sudden, it seems possible Tiger could break Jack Nicklaus’ record of six Masters titles and 18 Grand Slam wins. Sports Interaction already lists Woods as the +700 favourite for the 2020 Masters and he’s also the +705 leader for next month’s PGA Championship.
As for the RBC Heritage, this tournament knows what it is by coming after the high-stress Masters, and it’s a very casual atmosphere for the players and their families at Hilton Head Island. Harbour Town Golf Links is the host course, a par 71 measuring about 7,100 yards. It’s more like a Scottish course in many regards and the coastal winds will be a factor.
RBC Heritage Betting Favourites
Most of the golf world’s big names are taking a breather this week, but world No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing and the heavy +603 favourite at Sports Interaction. Johnson also played last year and finished 16th. He was among the runners-up to Tiger at Augusta National on Sunday.
Francesco Molinari had a good chance to win his first green jacket on Sunday but faded on the back-nine and finished fifth. He has played the RBC Heritage each of the past three years but not contended. Bryson DeChambeau (+1800) and Xander Schauffele (+1800) round out the favourites. Schauffele also was a runner-up on Sunday.
The defending champion is Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira, and he’s a +15200 long shot. He beat Si Woo Kim in a playoff a year ago.
Canadian Golfer Odds
Adam Hadwin plays on Tour for the first time since missing the cut a few weeks ago in the Tampa Bay area. It was Hadwin’s third missed cut in 12 events this season. He’s +8200 to win and last teed it up in this event in 2017 and was 22nd.
Corey Conners is +8100. He won two weeks ago in San Antonio to earn a Masters spot, and Conners finished 46th He has missed the cut twice at the RBC Heritage. Nick Taylor is +12700, Mackenzie Hughes +15200, Roger Sloan +25600 and Ben Silverman also +25600.
No player from Canada has won this tournament. Jim Nelford was second to Fuzzy Zoeller in 1983.
RBC Heritage Golf Predictions
Jim Furyk has won here twice and we like him for a Top 10 along with Luke Donald, who has finished second at Hilton Head a whopping five times. The winner is DeChambeau, who has a third and fourth in three trips to this tournament.