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RBC Heritage Course Preview and Betting Picks

RBC Heritage Course Preview and Betting Picks

 

What a Masters weekend as we all got the dream ending we wished for. Tiger wins his 1st major in over 10 years.  The RBC Heritage is a limited field with only 132 golfers with Top 70s and ties advancing to the weekend. Keeping an eye on the weather is a must as Friday is projected to be bad to point that it can easily be delayed till the next day. Double digit winds will also be in play all tournament.

 

Harbour Town Golf Links

Par 71 7,100 yards

 

Harbour Town Golf Links is a tree lined Pete Dye designed golf course built in 1969. At 7,100 yards, the course is considered short by PGA Tour standards, but it is one of the toughest courses to hit greens in regulation. The average size of the greens are only 3,700 sq ft which is smallest on tour. The greens are TiffEagle Bermuda and run about a 11 on the stimp meter. The field average 57% in green in regulations hit at Harbour Town. Fairways and rough are also Bermuda grass. The scoring average was only  70.85 last year. There are 54 bunkers and 12 water hazards on this course. Fairways were hit at a 65% clip which is considered easy, but a lot of the players do not use driver off the tees. Hitting it far off the tee does not give you an advantage here. You have to be in position off the tee to find the green so finding the fairway doesn’t equal success all the time. Take the dogleg left Par 4 13th hole for example. If you hit your ball on the right side of the fairway then you can go for the green, but if you find the left side you may be blocked by trees you didn’t realize before.

Pete Dye designed courses are well known for messing with your sightlines and angles. Things are not always what they seem which makes par your friend when a lot of golfers are missing greens. Harbour Town ranks in the bottom 15 for both birdies and eagles made on Tour. Great ball strikers or those who can scramble when they miss the green will succeed here. Don’t be afraid to take place a bet on a few darts this week. The last 2 winners won on their 1st attempt at Harbour Town.

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Six Pack Of RBC Heritage Golf Picks

 

Jason Kokrak  33/1

Jason Kokrak has been all or nothing with 3 MC and 3 finishes inside the Top 18 at the RBC Heritage. Considering his recent form of 4 Top 10 finishes in his last 5 events, I am willing to bet he does well here.

 

 

Si Woo Kim 40/1

If there is one thing we know about Si Woo Kim, its that he loves and plays very well on Pete Dye courses. Kim is ranked 8th in SG: Around The Green, 31st SG: Putting, and 46th SG: Tee To Green. WIll he win this week after falling just short last season as the runner up of the RBC Heritage?

 

 

Sungjae Im 40/1

Seeing a course for the 1st time is the norm for Sungjae Im. However, that has not stopped him from racking up 8 Top 20 finishes this season. He is great with his irons ranking 37th in SG: Approach The Green and 39th in Greens In Regulation %. Could he follow in the footsteps of Wesley Bryan and Satoshi Kodaira as the 3rd 1st timer to win in a row?

 

 

Russell Knox 55/1

Knox was a runner up here in 2016 but that is not the only time he is has fared well at Harbour Town. Knox has finished T18th or better in 4 of his 5 attempts. Russell Knox is another great ball striker I am targeting this week. He currently ranks  14th in SG: Approach The Green and 30th in SG:Tee To Green this season.

 

 

Emiliano Grillo 80/1

Emiliano Grillo is ranked 16th in green in regulations and 12th in SG:Around The Green. He is also 32nd in scrambling and driving accuracy. Those stats are all a recipe for success at this Pete Dye course resulting in 18th place finish here last season. The question about Grillo is his putting which can be less exposed than normal thanks to the  smaller and slower greens.

 

 

Cameron Champ 200/1

He has no form since the fall swing and is coming back from injury this week. However, he is 200/1. We know about his distance off the tee but he is also ranked 21st in SG:Putting and 9th in Green In Regulation % this season.

 

*Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook

 

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