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RBC Heritage: Odds, Players to Watch and Course Overview

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RBC Heritage: Odds, Players to Watch and Course Overview

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RBC Heritage Picks

Cameron Young To Win Outright +2500 (25/1)
Patrick Cantlay Top 5 Finish +350 (7/2)
Matt Kuchar Top 20 Finish +225 (9/4)

It’s just 132 miles from Augusta National Golf Club to Hilton Head Island, but the change in atmosphere becomes more pronounced the closer you get to the South Carolina coast. The Masters is all reverence and tradition and the pressure of trying to win golf’s biggest tournament; the RBC Heritage is all boat drinks and suntans and a laid-back party atmosphere. At least, that’s the way it’s always been, with Hilton Head offering a welcome release valve after a tense week in Augusta.

But now that “designated” status has been bestowed upon the RBC Heritage, most of the PGA Tour’s big guns will descend on a tournament that’s often been won by the likes of Wesley Bryan and Boo Weekley. Newly minted Masters champion Jon Rahm is the co-favorite on golf betting sites with Scottie Scheffler at +900 (9/1). The last time a Masters champion won the following week at Hilton Head? Bernhard Langer in 1985—because over the last two decades, Masters champions have typically skipped this tournament. 

Not so anymore. Of the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings, 29 will be in Hilton Head. Even without Rory McIlroy, who withdrew Monday, this shapes up as the event’s strongest field in years. The conundrum for those wagering on golf betting apps: back one of those heavyweights with limited (if any) experience on the tight Harbour Town layout, or go with the type of tour grinder who’s typically won this event? Grab a tropical drink, have a seat in the South Carolina sunshine, and think it over.

RBC Heritage Odds

RBC Heritage Course Overview

Designed in 1967 by the great Pete Dye, Harbour Town Golf Links is a gem of a course that’s stood the test of time. Playing for the pros as a par-71, 7,121-yard layout, it’s Dye at his most nefarious, with the tiniest greens on the PGA Tour surrounded by sprawling sand traps and overhanging oak branches, and bordered by railroad ties and marsh grass. Harbour Town’s difficulty isn’t in its length, but in its multitude of hazards, allowing it to remain relevant and challenging even amid the constant advance of golf technology.

Harbour Town has hosted the Heritage since the tournament’s inaugural edition in 1969. The course’s tight fairways and tiny greens mean big hitters can’t just bomb the place into submission; indeed, this is a place for elite ball-strikers who can hold putting greens often surrounded by water, sand or marsh (and the occasional alligator). Players have to be precise, and they have to be creative when they get into trouble—just ask reigning champion Jordan Spieth, whose blast from the bunker to within six inches last year beat Patrick Cantlay in a playoff. 

Harbour Town’s 18th hole, with its red-and-white striped lighthouse standing in the distance, is the layout’s showpiece. Players have no trouble finding the generous landing area off the tee, but again, the second shot is the ballgame: to an undulating green protected in front and back by bunkers, and to the left by marsh. There’s danger everywhere at Harbour Town; Shane Lowry lost the lead last year when he chipped over the green and into the water on the par-3 14th. It’s that kind of place. 

RBC Heritage Previous Winners

2022: Jordan Spieth

2021: Stewart Cink

2020: Webb Simpson

2019: C.T. Pan

2018: Satoshi Kodaira

2017: Wesley Bryan

2016: Branden Grace

2015: Jim Furyk

2014: Matt Kuchar

2013: Graeme McDowell

RBC Heritage Betting Angles

As we mentioned earlier, many of the game’s big guns have little to no experience in Hilton Head. Rahm has played there once before, in 2020, when he tied for 33rd. Scheffler is making his debut. An exception is world No. 4 Cantlay, who owns a runner-up, two thirds and a T7 in five Heritage appearances, and is priced at +1400 (14/1) with betting sites this week.

Spieth is a +2000 (20/1) bet to repeat as champion, but he also mentioned after the Masters how he feels worn down from overscheduling himself in the early portion of the season. Collin Morikawa, who carries +1800 (18/1) odds on USA sports betting sites, owns a best finish of T7 in three Heritage appearances. Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele, both at +2500 (25/1) to win, each have three career Hilton Head starts—none of them better than a T32. Max Homa, a +2800 (28/1) bet on sports betting apps, has only a T41 from 2020.

Hilton Head has more often been the province of players like Matt Kuchar (+4500, 45/1), whose seven top 10s include a T3 last year and a solo second in 2019. It’s been a haven for journeymen like J.T. Poston (+8000, 80/1), who’s finished T8, T3 and T6 there over the past four years. It’s been a favorite of under-the-radar great ball strikers like Webb Simpson (also +8000, 80/1), who won there in 2020 and owns three other career top 10s. Even last year, the victory was Spieth’s first in over a year—and he hasn’t claimed another since.

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RBC Heritage Predictions

Cameron Young to Win, +2500 (25/1)

Another week, another impressive effort by Young, who notched a T7 at the Masters to go along with his T10 at the Arnold Palmer, T20 in the Genesis and T13 at the Tournament of Champions. Young’s Rookie of the Year campaign last year on the PGA Tour was bolstered by a T3 at Harbour Town, where he opened with a sizzling 63. For a player who can mix power with a deft touch, Hilton Head offers an ideal setting for a first PGA Tour victory.

Patrick Cantlay Top 5, +350 (7/2)

Yes, he’s ranked No. 4 in the world. But Cantlay is more a grinder than an elite player, as evidenced by the lack of major championships on his resume. But his solid if unspectacular game has historically been enough to contend at Harbour Town, where he’s only once failed to finish in the top seven. And he has easily more experience in Hilton Head than any other player in the top 10.

Matt Kuchar Top 20, +225 (9/4)

It’s been a hit-or-miss season for Kuchar, who missed the cut at The Honda and The Players, but finished top 10 on either side. Kuchar is coming off a T3 at the Texas Open, and heading to a Harbour Town layout where 12 of his last 16 rounds have been in the 60s. And the upside of not qualifying for the Masters is that he’ll be fresher than those staggering out of Augusta.

How to Watch the RBC Heritage

Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel from 2-6 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, Golf Channel from 1-3 p.m. and CBS from 3-6 p.m.

About the Author

David Caraviello for Bookies.com
David Caraviello
Veteran sports journalist David Caraviello has covered college football, college basketball, motorsports and golf, covering all three US golf majors, the Daytona 500 and SEC football.