RBC Heritage Predictions and Picks
Thursday, we will see the second PGA tour event since the resumption of the tour began last week with the Charles Schwab Challenge. Sunday’s final round saw Daniel Berger rally to eventually win the tournament at 15 strokes under par in a playoff to defeat Collin Morikawa. The field in Fort Worth was loaded, showcasing all of the top talent on the tour, minus the main attraction, Mr. Tiger Woods. This weekend at Harbour Town Golf Links we should see much of the same as all of the top players on the tour will be participating once again. 11 of the top 15 players in the world will be participating this weekend, with Patrick Cantlay and Adam Scott as the only two players in the top 10 who will not be attending.
So let's get into this weekend's field, the course, and who you should put your money on if you are looking to turn a nice profit come late Father’s Day evening. Harbour Links will play a little bit shorter than the course these guys played last week, with some tighter fairways that should help some of the shorter hitters. The greens will also be a little more forgiving helping some of the “less talented” putters on tour. Last year's reigning champ CT Pan will be back this year to defend his crown. Now, let's look at a couple guys who I expect to bet atop the leaderboard late into the weekend.
Betting Predictions for RBC Heritage (Odds from Fanduel Sportsbook)
Brooks Koepka (+3500)
These are just simply incredible odds on the guy who has basically been the best player on tour the past 2 years. Koepka has admitted in the past that he doesn’t love to play golf in his down time so my guess is that last week was a bit of a refresher course for the #4 player in the world. Yes, this course may help some of the guys who hit it a bit shorter, but Koepka has shown that he has the ability to win anywhere and has all the shots in his bag. After a little bit of an underwhelming first weekend back I expect to see Koepka making a hunt for the win on Sunday.
Justin Thomas (+1500)
JT played pretty well last weekend, but ended Sunday tied for 10th at -8. Thomas posted an opening round 64, followed up with a 68 and 66 before a disappointing final round 71. It was few shots here and there that caused a slipped up for Thomas, the #3 player in the world rankings, but for the most part he played some really solid golf. With a narrow course that might force players to hit some touger iron shots into greens, I like Thomas’s chances to be around the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Rickie Fowler (+5500)
Just like I said with Koepka, these odds are terrific and this course could play right into Rickie’s strengths. Fowler is a guy who we always seem to see in contention heading into Sunday, but very rarely pulls it out. The tight and narrow fairways will play well for Rickie as a guy who does not drive it particularly far, but he is very accurate. Also, with some forgiving greens, look for Fowler, one of the best putters on tour, to take advantage and pick up some valuable strokes that some others may leave on the board.
Xander Schauffele (+2100)
Schauffele was one of my picks last week at Colonial (along with Jordan Spieth) and it looked like he was well on his way to victory through most of the final round. Xander is another player who always seems to sit around the top of leaderboards and flies quietly under the radar. A guy who plays the game pretty clean from tee to green, not usually making too many mistakes. He will also have the heartbreak on the horseshoe miss on the 17th hole to try avenge.
Bryson DeChambeau (+1500)
Abraham Ancer (+6000)