PGA Tour Picks – Odds to Win RBC Heritage 2020

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Phil Simon
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Following a successful return to the links the PGA Tour continues with its adjusted schedule on Thursday with the opening round of the RBC Heritage from Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Tour couldn’t have asked for much more than a sudden-death playoff won by an 85/1 longshot and no positive coronavirus tests. Many of the same players responsible for that uplifting reboot are back this week, including the OWGR top five.  You can open an online betting account at Bookmaker and receive your generous welcome bonus with a maximum of $1000.

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For the second straight week No. 1 ranked Rory McIlroy opened as the betting favorite at online sportsbooks, only this time he’s coming off a tie for 32nd. Before last week Rory had placed in the top five of all six Tour events this season. Last week’s winner Daniel Berger opened up to shorter odds and C.T. Pan is a +20000 longshot to become the first repeat champion since 2008. For a complete list of updated odds and matchups visit BookMaker.eu.

RBC Heritage
Dates: Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 21, 2020
Location: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, SC
Opening PGA Tour Odds: Rory McIlroy +979
RBC Heritage TV Coverage: Golf Channel, CBS

Odds Analysis

Since the Charles Schwab Challenge was the first tournament competition for everyone in three months some wackiness was expected. Berger blasted out of nowhere to beat a number of highly-ranked players and saw his odds shrink ahead of the RBC. For those who threw down on Berger to win outright, congratulations, you hit the jackpot.

Can we expect a similar result this week? Well, it certainly can happen. The pros are working out the kinks and the field was increased to over 150, which is around 20 more than the usual allotment. Of the players entered around 120 of them played last week, so things should start rounding into form. In order to get some reps we’re seeing guys compete in tournaments they normally wouldn’t play. That means a number of quality golfers won’t make it to the weekend.

It isn’t a surprise to see McIlroy at the top of the odds board given all he’s done this season. The return wasn’t quite what he expected, but he played solid golf until a fourth-round hiccup took him out of contention. Last week was Rory’s maiden trip around Colonial and he’s playing Harbour Town for the first time since 2009. There is something to be said about course form and knowledge, and McIlroy is lacking in both.

Harbour Town is the only course this tournament has ever known with a number of golfers having played the layout a lot. It’s relatively short at just under 7,100 yards, but by no means is it easy. Much like Colonial accuracy and ball positioning are critical. If you get past that you have the smallest greens on Tour waiting. The course doesn’t yield a lot of birdies and fewer eagles, and luck is always a factor.

Odds to Win RBC Heritage at BookMaker.eu

Rory McIlroy +979
Justin Thomas +1183
Jon Rahm +1410
Bryson DeChambeau +1587
Xander Schauffele +2023
Collin Morikawa +2269
Webb Simpson +2549
Hideki Matsuyama +2796
Justin Rose +2907
Patrick Reed +3313
Sungjae Im +3427
Kevin Kisner +3934

RBC Heritage Preview

It’s always easy to look at the favorites and top-ranked players for direction. We made that mistake last week and took a tumble. However, the cream always rises to the top and I expect Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson to bounce back after missing the cut at Colonial.

Familiarity with the course is huge, bringing me to Matt Kuchar. His low trajectory shots come in handy against the in-play hazards and he has a knack for shaping his shots. Having the skill and performing well are two different things and Kooch has done both. He’s played the weekend in every event here since 2004, claiming victory in 2014. Since that win he finished fifth, tied for ninth and was runner-up.

Another familiar face to Harbour Town is South Carolina native Kevin Kizner. He lost in a playoff in 2015 and was in contention twice since earning a place among the top 15.

There is a ton of talent on hand making this a difficult race to figure out. You can’t go wrong backing McIlroy since he’s the best on the planet and looking to make up for last week’s debacle. Also, Rahm, DJ, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day, among others, have something to prove after a MC at Colonial.

One guy I think you have to watch closely is Bryson DeChambeau, who torched Colonial with his booming blasts. Not a course that plays to big hitters, DeChambeau tamed the layout finishing one-shot off the lead tied with three others. Harbour Town is similar in length and design, and DeChambeau has enjoyed success with a pair of top-5s in four starts. “For whatever reason this course fits me nicely,” he said of Harbour Town.

RBC Heritage Pick: Bryson DeChambeau
Top-5 Lock: Jon Rahm
Top-10 Lock: Matt Kuchar

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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