RBC Heritage PGA Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks

by Earl Campbell | June 15, 2020 |

Welcome to the Spooky Express’s weekly golf breakdown, where we dive in head first to this week’s tournament and look for your best options for betting.  In this week’s article, we will take a look at the course, course history, recent form and many other variables that we feel will have a bearing on the outcome of this week’s tournament.  Without any further delay, let’s take a look at the RBC Heritage.  

The pro’s of the PGA head to Hilton Head, South Carolina this week for the RBC Heritage.  Before we talk about this week, let’s briefly go over last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge.  

Last week, we welcomed back PGA into our lives with the Charles Schwab Challenge.  For those of you that have not signed up for our Spooky Express Golf Newsletter, you missed out on an interesting week.  

We started Sunday with a shot to cash several ways.  We had Jordan Spieth at 45/1 (who was in 2nd place), Colin Morikawa at 40/1 (who was Spooky’s bonus play and also in 2nd place) and Daniel Berger at 66/1 (who was in 7th place).  

After all was said and done, Berger came from 7th place and got us the win.  We gave it out at 66/1 however if you played it at Bookmaker, you were lucky enough to get it at 90/1!!!  A simple $100 wager brought you back $9,000!!!

RBC Heritage Tournament Details

Current Champion: CT Pan

Dates: June 18-21, 2020

Prize Pool: $7,100,000

The RBC Heritage will take place starting Thursday, June 18 and run for 4 consecutive days until Sunday, June 21 2020.  The RBC Heritage has been around since 1969 and has been played under various different names in its 52-year history.

The RBC Heritage has been called The Heritage, Verizon Heritage, MCI Heritage,  WorldCom Classic-The Heritage of Golf, MCI Classic, MCI Heritage Golf Classic, Sea Pines Heritage, Sea Pines Heritage Classic, Heritage Classic and Heritage Golf Classic.  

The RBC Heritage is routinely played in the month of April, the week following the Masters, however this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament was moved until June. 

The tournament has a prize pool of $7.1 million dollars.  This tournament is one of the few tournaments that are “Invitation Only” tournaments maintained by the PGA. Due to the fact that it is invite only, there are normally fewer golfers playing in the tournament.

Past Winners (Last 5 Years)

2019C.T. Pan-12
2018Satoshi Kodaira-12
2017Wesley Bryan-13
2016Branden Grace-9
2015Jim Furyk-18
2014Matt Kuchar-11
2013Graeme McDowell-9
2012Carl Pettersson-14
2011Brandt Snedeker-12
2010Jim Furyk-13
2009Brian Gay-20
2008Boo Weekley-15
2007Boo Weekley-14
2006Aaron Baddeley-15
2005Peter Lonard-7
2004Stewart Cink-10
2003Davis Love III-13
2002Justin Leonard-14
2001Jose Coceres-11
2000Stewart Cink-14

Several golfers have won this tournament multiple times, leading me to believe that course history must be taken into consideration when handicapping this particular tournament.  Davis Love III leads all golfers with (5) five wins at Harbour Town GL and he will be in this week's tournament looking for his 6th victory. 

Hale Irwin has won the RBC Heritage (3) three times in 1971, 1973 and 1994.  The (2) two-time winners for this tournament are Johnny Miller, Hubert Green, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller, Payne Stewart, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Jim Furyk.  

Cut Information

 The RBC Heritage has a normal cut of the Top 70 plus ties.  Due to the fact that this tournament is a smaller tournament because of the invite-only status, that will mean that a larger percentage of the golfers will make it through the cut, making it a bit more difficult to win on the weekend.   

The Course

Harbour Town Golf Links – Hilton Head, South Carolina

Par 71

7,099 yards

The RBC Heritage is played at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Harbour Town GL was designed by Pete Dye, with the help of Jack Nicklaus, in the late 1960’s.  

Harbour Town GL is just under 7100 yards in total length so this course is more about accuracy than it is about distance. This course, more than most others, puts a higher emphasis on a good iron play due to much shorter play and plenty of tree-lined fairways, that can cause major headaches for golfers that don’t make it on the fairways and greens.  

Speaking of the greens, they are very small!  The putting surfaces are minut compared to other areas they will play on and the smallest that they have played on leading up to this course this year.  Dye has made this course with about 34% smaller greens than what they are used to seeing at other golf courses on the PGA Tour.

The course is very narrow and since it is a Pete Dye course, golfers will need to think a shot ahead and will need to set up their upcoming shots and approach shots.    

RBC Heritage System Attributes

Because of the small greens and shorter distance, our top system attribute this week will be Scrambling.  The true indicator of this course and the determination of who will win will come down to who can recover from those shots that miss the fairways and greens. Additionally, the last 5 winners of the RBC Heritage were 22nd or better in Scrambling.  

  • Scrambling
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Greens In Regulation
  • Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
  • Par 4 Scoring
  • Proximity
  • Course History
  • Good Form

Opening Odds

Aaron Baddeley 275-1Erik Van Rooyen 200-1Michael Gligic 1000-1
Aaron Wise 250-1Ernie Els 400-1Michael Kim 1000-1
Abraham Ancer 60-1Gary Woodland 40-1Michael Thompson 400-1
Adam Hadwin 125-1Glen Day 750-1Nate Lashley 350-1
Adam Long 350-1Graeme McDowell 150-1Nick Watney 300-1
Adam Schenk 350-1Harold Verner 125-1Pat Perez 300-1
Alex Noren 150-1Harris English 90-1Patrick Reed 30-1
Andrew Landry 250-1Harry Higgs 200-1Patrick Rodgers 150-1
Andrew Putnam 250-1Hideki Matsuyama 30-1Patton Kizzire 500-1
Andy Ogletree 500-1Ian Poulter 90-1Peter Malnati 400-1
Austin Cook 350-1J.J. Spaun 400-1Rafa Cabrera Bello 90-1
Bernhard Langer 500-1J.T. Poston 100-1Rickie Fowler 50-1
Bill Haas 500-1Jason Day 70-1Roger Sloan 750-1
Billy Horschel 80-1Jason Dufner 225-1Rory McIlroy 11-1
Bo Van Pelt 1500-1Jason Kokrak 90-1Rory Sabbatini 125-1
Branden Grace 50-1Jazz Janewattananond 275-1Russell Henley 150-1
Brandt Snedeker 90-1Jhonattan Vegas 250-1Russell Knox 150-1
Brendon Todd 200-1Jim Furyk 150-1Ryan Armour 500-1
Brian Gay 400-1Jim Herman 1000-1Ryan Moore 175-1
Brian Harman 125-1Jimmy Walker 275-1Ryan Palmer 125-1
Brian Stuard 300-1Joaquin Niemann 100-1Sam Burns 275-1
Brice Garnett 500-1Joel Dahmen 80-1Sam Ryder 500-1
Bronson Burgoon 400-1Jon Rahm 18-1Scott Brown 500-1
Brooks Koepka 35-1Jordan Spieth 30-1Scott Piercy 125-1
Bryson DeChambeau 16-1Justin Rose 30-1Scott Stalling 350-1
Bubba Watson 100-1Justin Thomas 16-1Scottie Scheffler 66-1
Bud Cauley 125-1K.J. Choi 500-1Sebastian Munoz 225-1
Byeong Hun An 90-1Keith Mitchell 250-1Sepp Straka 500-1
C.T. Pan 200-1Kevin Chappell 275-1Sergio Garcia 70-1
Cameron Smith 150-1Kevin Kisner 66-1Shane Lowry 66-1
Cameron Tringale 400-1Kevin Na 100-1Si-Woo Kim 225-1
Carlos Ortiz 300-1Kevin Streelman 175-1Spencer Ralston 500-1
Charl Schwartzel 200-1Kevin Tway 350-1Stewart Cink 400-1
Charles Howell 225-1Kyle Stanley 300-1Sung-Hoon Kang 250-1
Charley Hoffman 200-1Kyoung-Hoon Lee 400-1Sung-Jae Im 28-1
Chesson Hadley 200-1Lanto Griffin 250-1Talor Gooch 200-1
Chez Reavie 175-1Louis Oosthuizen 80-1Ted Potter 500-1
Chris Stroud 750-1Lucas Glover 175-1Tom Hoge 225-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 125-1Luke Donald 175-1Tony Finau 50-1
Collin Morikawa 25-1Luke List 125-1Troy Merritt 250-1
Corey Conners 100-1Mackenzie Hughes 300-1Tyler Duncan 300-1
Daniel Berger 40-1Mark Hubbard 300-1Tyrrell Hatton 60-1
Danny Lee 175-1Martin Trainer 1000-1Vaughn Taylor 300-1
Danny Willett 225-1Matt Every 500-1Victor Perez 250-1
David Hearn 500-1Matt Jones 250-1Vijay Singh 750-1
Davis Love 750-1Matt Kuchar 45-1Viktor Hovland 66-1
Denny McCarthy 300-1Matt Wallace 225-1Webb Simpson 30-1
Doc Redman 350-1Matthew Fitzpatrick 55-1Wesley Bryan 275-1
Dustin Johnson 35-1Matthew Wolff 175-1Wyndham Clark 275-1
Dylan Frittelli 250-1Maverick McNealy 150-1Xander Schauffele 22-1
Emiliano Grillo 200-1Max Homa 150-1Zach Johnson 150-1

Random Notes

Many golf fans from around the world were waiting in anticipation to see Tiger Woods return to the golf course however he made the decision to sit out this week and therefore, we won’t see him this week at the RBC Heritage.  

An interesting fact about this tournament is the past 4 winners of the RBC Heritage, were all 1st time winners on the PGA Tour.  It is hard to think that this will be the case this year, as this is a much more competitive field with several of the top players on the OWGR. 

Single Wagers To Win

Webb Simpson at 28/1

We rolled Simpson out last week as our FREE golfer for the Spooky Express article and he missed the cut.  Most people will shake their head and refuse to play him this week however you would be sadly mistaken if you do because he loves this course.  He has played here 10 times and has an average course score of 70.16.  He has made the cut here 5 straight times, which includes a 5th place finish in 2018.  You must have short term memory loss in golf betting if you want to be successful so forget last week and roll with Webb for a nice bounce back week.  

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