The RBC Heritage takes place on Thursday-Sunday April 13-16 from Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This may be the crowning achievement of famed designer Pete Dye and design consultant Jack Nicklaus. It is a perennial favorite among PGA TOUR players, as it places a premium on finesse, imagination and shot-making, rather than strength.
Perhaps the greatest factor is the wind, which whistles in off the coast and while there are plenty of trees lining the fairways this track is rather exposed at times. Patience will be a virtue in South Carolina this week.
Featuring a collection of par threes ranked amongst the world’s finest and a par-4 18th hole considered one of the most feared in all of the golf, Harbour Town Golf Links has undergone many recent enhancements, including new Celebration Bermuda grass for the fairways, new TifEagle Bermuda grass for the greens and a new irrigation system.
Many of the top golfers take this week off after the Masters. We will find only eight of the top 30 players in attendance. Tyrell Hatton will be the highest ranked player being joined by Danny Willett, Matt Fitzpatrick and Russell Knox.
The favorite to win this first regular golf tournament after the Masters is Matt Kuchar at 14-1 odds. He has been playing well with a fourth place finish in Augusta and has been in the Top 25 in seven of his last five events. He won this event in 2014 and this makes your bet even better.
The runner-up last year and another good bet is Russell Knox. He struggled last week but has three top 10 finishes this year along with five top 25 finishes. He would be a nice dark horse with odds at 45-1.
Jim Furyk has made the cut in six of his last eight attempts and won this event twice (2010, 2015) and finished second in 2005 and 2006. He knows the course well and will make it rough for the other golfers. He is a good value bet at 35-1.
Last year’s winner, Branden Grace, has been mediocre recently and finished 27th in the Master’s last week. He has made the eight of nine tries this year and would make a good value bet at 28-1 to win.
D.A. Points has been golfing really well recently and looks to continue this at Hilton Head. He fired a final-round 6-under 66 at the Puerto Rico Open to secure a two-shot victory. The 40-year-old’s triumph at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club is his third PGA Tour title and his first since the 2013 Shell Houston Open. Think about this one at 150-1.
Top 10 odds
Matt Kuchar 14-1
Brandt Snedeker 20-1
Kevin Kisner 20-1
Adam Hadwin 22-1
Martin Kaymer 22-1
Russell Henley 22-1
Brendan Grace 25-1
Tyrell Hatton 25-1
Bill Haas 28-1
Charley Huffman 28-1
Marc Leishman 33-1
Jim Furyk 40-1
Russell Knox 40-1
Good luck on your bet for the RBC. Please remember to practice good bankroll management.