The week after the first Major can’t be the best time, but the show goes on and the PGA Tour heads to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina for the RBC Heritage, which did a marvelous job of attracting a strong field for the 51st playing. Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, runners-up at The Masters last week, are scheduled to peg it up as favorites to win this event. They are also two of the eight golfers ranked among the top 20 at OWGR. Below are matchup odds for the event taking place at Harbour Town Golf Links starting Thursday.
RBC Heritage Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Eddie Pepperell +118 vs. Zach Johnson -148
Patrick Cantlay -119 vs. Matt Kuchar -111
Bryson DeChambeau -114 vs. Matt Kuchar -116
Branden Grace +121 vs. Charles Howell III -151
Ryan Moore -139 vs. Cameron Smith +109
Jordan Spieth -115 vs. Kevin Kisner -115
Aaron Baddeley -160 vs. Ollie Schniederjans +127
Byeong Hun An -133 vs. Lucas Glover +103
Tommy Fleetwood -149 vs. Kevin Kisner +119
Sungjae Im -116 vs. Jason Kokrak -114
Si Woo Kim -104 vs. Marc Leishman -126
Luke Donald +145 vs. Billy Horschel -185
Emiliano Grillo -128 vs. Abraham Ancer -102
Russell Knox -126 vs. Brandt Snedeker -104
Webb Simpson -160 vs. Ian Poulter +127
Francesco Molinari -116 vs. Xander Schauffele -114
Jordan Spieth +120 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -150
Patton Kizzire -101 vs. Corey Conners -129
Matthew Fitzpatrick -119 vs. Jim Furyk -111
Bryson DeChambeau -113 vs. Patrick Cantlay -117
Keith Mitchell -120 vs. Kevin Streelman -110
Dustin Johnson -173 vs. Francesco Molinari +137
Dustin Johnson -172 vs. Xander Schauffele +137
Charley Hoffman -134 vs. Graeme McDowell +104
Rafael Cabrera Bello -146 vs. Matt Wallace +116
Need to Know
I hit on three of my four matchup picks at The Masters, though I missed on the biggest one, foolish me for going against Tiger in the first Major of the season. Oh well, we won’t have the big cat on Hilton Head so I can’t screw that one up. But there are several intriguing matchups that I’ll look at, and I’ll try and break down the Harbour Town Golf Links to see who might give us a run. By no means is Harbour Town long, stretching out to about 7,100 yards, but it is tricky and the tree-lined fairways can play havoc on missed tee shots, even ones that land on the fairway. Accuracy will be tested on approach with the greens on this layout some of the smallest on Tour. Also, with its location along the coast we could also have wind come into play, making things even more difficult for the pros. We won’t see a lot of eagles and the birdie rate is low at Harbour Town making par a good friend of the field.
RBC Heritage Matchup Picks
Ryan Moore -139 vs. Cameron Smith
Moore wields the irons like no other and his approach stats are comforting when attacking this layout. Recent form hasn’t been anything special, but a 16th place finish here last year is something to build on. He missed qualifying for The Masters by the slightest margin taking third at the Valero Texas Open. He gets a layout that suits his game and he’s rested after watching last week’s festivities. I like more to best Smith in this matchup.
Jordan Spieth -115 vs. Kevin Kisner
You don’t erase 12 months of lackluster play in three rounds, but last week’s Masters might be the starting point to jumpstart Spieth’s game. He regrouped after an opening 75 put him on the verge of missing the cut and played the final 54 holes at 8-under with all three rounds below par. This week, Spieth is at another course that has yielded him success. He hasn’t played here since 2015, but he was T12 or better in his previous three starts at Harbour Town. And that has me leaning in his direction.
Tommy Fleetwood -149 vs. Kevin Kisner
This isn’t a knock on Kisner, who’s a fine player by the way. Rather the picks are more about a belief in Spieth and Fleetwood. Still searching for his first PGA Tour victory, Fleetwood has enjoyed plenty of success on the Euro and has proven he can play in talent-rich events. He was runner-up at last year’s U.S. Open and was top-5 at the API and THE PLAYERS, now he’s looking for that breakthrough. And his stats relevant to this course are positive, making him my pick in this matchup.
Jim Furyk -111 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick
Furyk might be playing the best golf of his career, which is saying something since it’s been a long and illustrious one. This week he returns to his favorite course on Tour where he’s won twice since 2010 with a pair of top-8s in that span as well. Now that his head is clear after his Ryder Cup captaincy, the focus is on his game, which has yielded five top-20s this season, including a solo second at THE PLAYERS and a T6 at Mayakoba. Driving accuracy and approach are among the best on Tour and will serve him well in this matchup.
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