RBC Heritage 2016 Preview

Written by Commodore Vegas for @Hollywoodbets.

RBC Heritage | Thursday 14 April - Sunday 17 April | Habour Town Golf Links

Coming just a few short days after the Masters, the RBC Heritage might be the most unfancied event on the PGA Tour. Hosted by the Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina, the shortest course on tour presents players with a slightly different challenge to Augusta.

A coastal links style course with tight driving angles and small greens – it takes a very particular skill-set to fare well here. Situated just down the road from Sea Island, home of the RSM Classic, there is a handy form line to be drawn from that early-season event, which I’ll elaborate on in a bit.

World No.1, Jason Day, heads up this year’s field with a strong supporting cast including nine of the top-30 players in the world. It may not be much, but hopefully, it’ll stave off that Masters hangover.

To Win Outright
Jason Day 11/2 | Paul Casey 16/1 | Brandt Snedeker 16/1 | Matt Kuchar 20/1 | Zach Johnson 24/1

Graeme McDowell (42/1 Win & 9/1 Place)
A former winner at this event, McDowell claimed the title back in 2013 after missing the cut at the Masters. It was his only win of the year back then, but the Northern Irishman has already won this season, to go with three top-10 finishes. Most notably, six of the last seven winners have ranked inside the top-10 for Driving Accuracy – McDowell currently ranks 9th. If that isn’t enough evidence to convince you, his 3rd-place finish at the aforementioned RSM Classic might help.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (26/1 Win and 5/1 Place)
Making his debut on the Harbour Town Links, it wouldn’t surprise me if Fitzpatrick went on to enjoy this place. It plays to all the strengths of accuracy, which will really come to the fore if, as predicted, the wind howls over the weekend. He comes in buoyed by a brilliant T7 at the Masters having topped the greens in regulation stats over four challenging days. With a T35 in Doral, T27 in Bay Hill and T7 last week I’m betting he will go one better with a place finish here.

Jason Bohn (144/1 Win & 29/1 Place)
Some might question the merits of backing someone who is playing his first tournament since suffering a heart attack in February. Putting that aside for a moment, Bohn most certainly has the game to compete here. He ranks 6th for driving accuracy and T5th for Greens in Regulation. He already has three top-5 finishes for the season and I’m backing him to pick up where he left off. At 29/1 a place, it’s too good to pass up. Let’s hope his ticker holds up and we have one hell of a story to tell come Monday.

Top Bet
Kevin Kisner (25/1 & 5/1 Place)
The money has already come for Kisner, who shortened from 35/1 into 25/1 following his T37 on his Masters debut. Kisner ticks all the boxes when it comes to Harbour Town. He ranks high on Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation, but perhaps most importantly, he won the RSM Classic earlier this season. His runner-up finish 12 months ago shows he knows his way around the course and gives him a very obvious chance of coming out on top here. I’ve already helped myself to the wins, and I suggest you do the same.

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