TEE TO GREEN – RBC HERITAGE
APRIL 17TH, 2019
By Christopher Feery
PGA Tee to Green – RBC Heritage
An epic Masters Tournament is in the books, and it’s back to the grind on the PGA tour – both for the golfers and for us in the world of DFS. This week, the action takes place at the beautiful Harbour Town Golf Links on picturesque Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
Naturally, the field isn’t quite as loaded as it was for last week’s major, but there is still plenty of talent to be found. That includes the #1 golfer on the planet according to the Official World Golf Rankings, Dustin Johnson. In addition, we have plenty of value plays to choose from as we build out our lineups for this week’s event.
Course and Weather
Harbour Town Golf Links is a Par 71 course which spans for 7,100 yards. It’s noted for a trio of friendly Par 5s and for being a course which favors strong iron play. The action gets underway bright and early on Thursday at 6 AM EST, so be sure to get your lineups set before contest lock.
The weather looks like it will be pretty solid for day one. Cloudy skies, temps in the mid 70s, and light winds are what the forecast calls for. There’s a big PM thunderstorm threat on Friday, and the temperatures are poised to drop over the weekend. Friday and Saturday could be impacted by winds, but it should be calm enough on Thursday and Sunday.
Field and Cut
Standard cut rules are in effect with the Top 70 and ties moving on to play the weekend. The MDF rule will be on standby to further thin out the field after round three as needed. There are currently 132 golfers slated to compete, including five of the Top 15 from the OWGR. Here they are for your reference.
1: Dustin Johnson
7: Francesco Molinari
8: Bryson DeChambeau
9: Xander Schauffele
15: Tommy Fleetwood
In addition to the names up above, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, and Marc Leishman are among those in a field which is actually pretty solid for the week following a major event.
While the top-ranked golfers will naturally be favored to take this event down, a quick gander at recent event history suggests it will be a pretty wide-open event. Here are the last five winners of the RBC Heritage for your reference.
- 2018: Satoshi Kodaira
- 2017: Wesley Bryan
- 2016: Branden Grace
- 2015: Jim Furyk
- 2014: Matt Kuchar
For the last three years of this event, DeChambeau and Cantlay both have a pair of Top 10 finishes. Luke Donald has been a runner-up a number of times here, but he missed the cut entirely in 2018. From last week’s Masters, Johnson, Molinari, Schauffele, Cantlay, and Simpson all had fine showings at Augusta National.
What the Oddsmakers Say
As per usual, the top golfers in the tournament also have the best odds to win the whole thing. There are five names at the top of the charts, all of whom check in with odds to win of +2000 or less. Here they are for your reference.
- Dustin Johnson +750
- Francesco Molinari +1400
- Xander Schauffele +1800
- Bryson DeChambeau +2000
- Patrick Cantlay +2000
Behind those five names, we have a foursome with odds to win of +2200: Spieth, Kuchar, Fleetwood, and Simpson. The odds drop from that point to +3300, a tier which includes names such as Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Si Woo Kim. After that, it’s up to odds of +4000 or greater for the rest of the golfers in this week’s field.
The Bottom Line
There’s naturally a bit of a letdown in the aftermath of one of the top events of the entire golf year, and that’s reflected in this week’s prize pools. However, we still have a solid four-day event to look forward to with a competitive field slated to compete.
The venue is absolutely gorgeous, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the Friday afternoon thunderstorm threat doesn’t disrupt things all that much. For additional insight on this week’s tour event, we encourage you to check out our PGA Premium Content.