This week’s event on the PGA Tour is the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina. It’s a chance for those golfers not playing last week to make their mark, or for a number of big names who bombed out at the Masters to rediscover their form.
“The Heritage” was first held in 1969. At that time it was billed as a late-season event, being played in either October or November, but in 1973 it moved to April, and then in 1983 became a regular feature the week after the US Masters. Normally, because of its proximity to Augusta there tends to be a solid turn-out from those who competed the previous week, plus those who didn’t make the grade at the first Major of the year. It’s another pretty strong line-up again this year as many top golfers just want to play again after failing to fire at Augusta. As one of the five annual events given “invitational” status the Heritage has a slightly reduced field of 132 (as opposed to the PGA Tour standard of 156).
Prizemoney $8.0m ($1.27 to the winner)
72-Hole Record 262: Webb Simpson (2020).
18-Hole Record 61: David Frost (1994), Troy Merritt (2015).
Highest-ranked OWGR players in the field: Morikawa (2), Smith (5), Cantlay (6), Thomas (8), Johnson (9), Niemann (15).
-19 Stewart Cink ($126)
-15 Emiliano Grillo ($81)
-15 Harold Varner ($151)
-13 Corey Conners ($36)
-13 Maverick McNealy ($251)
-13 Matt Fitzpatrick ($23)
RBC Heritage: The Course
The Harbour Town Links course at the Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head was designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus. It’s on the coast and is regarded as one of the most picturesque venues in the States. The course plays 7,099 yards and is a par 71. Scoring can be good if the conditions are set fair (which they look to be for most of this week).
RBC Heritage: The Weather
A predominantly rain-free week is forecast with a daily precipitation forecast of 20%-20%-40%-40% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s, with cloud cover building during the week. Winds will be light, with maximum wind speeds reaching just 10-12mph.
RBC Heritage: Value Bets
These are two value bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.
Kevin Na (each way): $41 with TopSport
Na came in under the radar last week. His 14th place finish was a reward for his consistent play over all four rounds at Augusta. The 5-time PGA Tour winner has plenty of course form behind him coming into this week – four Top 10s in his last eight starts in South Carolina – and his Masters Top 20 came after being a beaten QF-ist in the WGC Match Play. Not always the most reliable off the tee, Na’s strength is his short game and putting which, if on-point this week, make him a great value play in my book.
Russell Knox (each way): $81 with TopSport
Despite being a dual winner in the US, Knox constantly gets under-valued by the market. He’s a much better player than his odds frequently suggest. Yes, he may have missed his past three cuts here, but before that the man from Inverness was 2nd in 2016, and had four Top 20’s in five visits. Recently 6th in the Players Championship, Knox has made his last seven cuts and appears to be swinging the club well. This week is often one where the lesser names come to the fore… Knox could be another such example.
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