Expert Picks: RBC Heritage
The PGA Tour regular season events resumes this week for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Last week’s Masters, saw Jordan Spieth become the 2nd youngest Masters champion, and he also tied the course record with Tiger Woods. Spieth fresh from his New York City media frenzy, heads the field for this week alongside defending champion Matt Kuchar.
Of the 132 players total, 81 have won a PGA TOUR event, 16 have won a Major, and combined they have 353 Tour wins.
Ian Poulter enters this week on top form following last week’s Masters. Poulter hit the most greens at Augusta since Tiger Woods in 2001, hitting 59 GIR’s and ended up T-6th. Last week also saw Poulter’s 3rd consecutive top-25 finish in as many starts. Currently ranked No.26 in the world, Poulter is decent value at 18/1.
Zach Johnson is on a roll of late, having recorded 3 top-20 finishes in as many starts. At last week’s Masters, Johnson finished the weekend with a pair of 68’s to finish T-9th. Johnson’s best finish here was back in 2012 finishing solo 2nd. Johnson heads into the week as 2nd favorite, currently paying 14/1 for the victory.
Charley Hoffman was Jordan Spieth’s nearest challenger for most of the week at The Masters, but ultimately fizzled out Sunday, but finished a very respectable T9th. Last week was Hoffman’s 3rd straight top-11 finish in as many starts. In previous editions of the RBC Heritage, Hoffman had his best finish in 2013, finishing in a tie for 6th. Currently ranked No.7 on the FedEx Cup, Hoffman is great value at 33/1.
Bill Haas had very solid week at The Masters, finishing every round no worse than level par to shoot -6 and finish T-12. Haas has 5 top-25 finish in 9 starts, including a victory at the Humana Challenge. Haas most recent finish at the RBC Heritage was back in 2013 finishing T-24th. Haas is currently paying 30/1 for victory this week.
Finally, I don’t want to be the one to rain of Jordan Spieth’s parade, but Spieth is currently paying 4/1 to miss the cut this week. A combination of the media commitments that come with being Masters Champion, and that his week will also be his 6 start in a row make this a decent bet.