RBC Heritage – Golf Preview Picks and Tips
The PGA Tour moves to South Carolina with RBC Heritage this week, and we all have a bit of a US Masters hangover but this is still a very good event played at the Harbour Town course a par 71 at just over 7,100 yards. All the runnings of the RBC Heritage have being played at this course so their is plenty to go on their. It should be another good renewal to help us come down from the US Masters high with our place on Fowler, top 10 with Walker, and top senior with Jimenez.
Its links type course and the wind is known to get up at times and makes it tricky for some. The fairways are quiet generous but the greens can be tricky to find so good accuracy is still important but more so from a course management point of view. Last year McDowell won with -9 in a play off but the scoring should be a little lower if conditions allow but for now it does look like wind will be a major factor this week. Length isn’t important here for the most part shown by fact Brian Gay took this course apart back in 2009. Tight Greens mean scrambling is important if they are missed.
Again Steve Rawlings over on Betfair has a great stat for this weeks RBC Heritage:
Over the last six years, the top scrambler for the week has finished 4th, 1st, 1st, 6th, 8th, and 1st and last year’s play off protagonists, Graeme McDowell and Webb Simpson were ranked 1st and 3rd.
For me I would prefer not to back a player who is coming off a hard 4 days at Augusta so a missed cut their is not a worry as this course isn’t going to play like that. McDowell did just that last year recovering from a missed cut to win here last year. Its always an interested event and come Sunday everything should still be to play for.
Its insane that Kuchar lines up this week, its his 4th week in a row and while he is hot as the sun right now form wise in contention the last 3 weeks he could do with a week away. I came close to backing Streelman but the 60/1 for 6 places just went so I had to hold my fire their and stick with what I have.
6 places this week from Paddy Power and Betfair sports book.
RBC Heritage Picks:
Luke Donald 20/1 paddy power- Loves its round here with an insane top 3 in 4 of his last 5 appearances here. Played ok on Friday before missing the cut at Augusta, much more suited to this shorter course that will show off his good short game. Short game is in good order right now to launch a winning run here.
Russell Henley 45/1 Betfair sportsbook – A winner at the Honda Classic this year and has impressed me with some of his play this season. This is his home state so its got be an event he wants to win. This is his 2nd time here coming off last years impressive 6th.
Harris English 33/1 bet365 – Two tour wins in the past 12 months show what a quality player Harry is. He does well on tight courses and gives himself some nice shots into greens 8th in 2012 but he did miss the cut last year but can learn from some mistakes made their to thrive here.
Russell Knox 80/1 paddy power – Makes his debut here, but the Scot should be very at home in this sort of test. He has been god in 2014 including 2nd in the Honda were he stood out as a man to follow. If he learns quick he could be very dangerous from just off the pace by the weekend.
Chris Stroud 40/1 paddy power – Good accuracy off the tee and a fantastic short game to get him out of trouble. He has yet to win on Tour but its surely not far off. He was 6th last year finally showing he can play here after missed cuts.
RBC Heritage Outside Picks:
Justin Hicks 110/1 bet365 – Slightly off the radar but playing well so far this year. He was 18th here last year and his GIR stat this year is very impressive for a lesser known player. One for the exchanges too as he is 170+ on their
Stewart Cink 100/1 Ladbrokes- Sure signs of improvement at Augusta. He is a two time winner here and again a man who has won the British Open showing he can cope with wind. Finding in greens and a player who tends to carry form after a major.
Scott Langley 175/1 Bet365 – At his best in windy conditions, has some good recent form to his name and also quiet useful in windy conditions. Another who can be backed at much nicer odds on the exchanges