RBC Heritage PGA Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
Course: Harbor Town Golf Links
Where: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Date: Thursday, April 18 – 21, 2019
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 Masters.
Congratulations to Tiger Woods and all of his supporters on winning the 2019 Masters.
We were looking really good on Sunday with Xander Schauffele but he fell just short to the man, the myth the legend, Tiger Woods.
We did, however, cash both of our Head-To-Head Matchups so our lose was only a ½ unit, which isn’t bad at all. That is why it is so important to play those strong Head-To-Head Matchups so you sort of cover your backend at times when you don’t win the single golfer. OK, enough about last week, let’s take a look at this week’s RBC Heritage!
RBC Heritage Overview
The RBC Heritage will take place starting Thursday, April 18 and run for 4 consecutive days until Sunday, April 21 2019. The RBC Heritage has been around since 1969 and has been played under various different names in its 50-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. The tournament has a prize pool of $6.9 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. This year, there are only 132 players in the RBC Heritage instead of the normal full field of 156 players.
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 weeks 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. Wesley Bryan won here last year and will be looking to go back to back with wins at RBC Heritage.
Harbour Town Golf Links Course Details
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 Cut Info
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.
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.
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Greens In Regulation
- Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
- Par 4 Scoring
- Course History
- Good Form
RBC Heritage Preferred Golfers
Matt Kuchar +2490 at Bookmaker
Kuchar has played consistently here at Hilton Head and is always in the mix here for the win. He won the tournament in 2014 and also has five Top 10 finishes dating back to 2005. Kuchar is always coming into the tournament in really strong form. In his last three tournaments, he has a 2nd, 7th and 12th place finish and I expect a really big week for him, as he is #1 on Tour in Greens in Reg.
Tommy Fleetwood +2703 at Bookmaker
This is Tommy Fleetwood’s first time playing here at Harbor Town but I wouldn’t let that scare you away. Last year, Satoshi Kodaira won this tournament in his first time on the course. In the year prior, Wesley Bryan won the RBC Heritage in his first attempt on the course. Other golfers finding the win the first time here were Aaron Baddeley and Boo Weekley. Fleetwood has strong Scrambling numbers, 5th on tour, and should do well this week.
Jim Furyk at +3829 at Bookmaker
Seems weird saying it but the soon to be 49-year old Senior of this tournament is playing really good golf. He comes in ranked 51st in the OWGR and is fresh off a 23rd place finish at the Valero Texas Open. He has really played well in 2019, never missing the cut and finishing in 2nd place at the Players Championship, 9th at the Honda Classic, 17th at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and 18th at the Valspar Championship. His odds are really strong and present decent value for this week’s RBC Heritage.
Lucas Glover +5000 at MyBookie
Glover is my favorite golfer in the RBC Heritage. As we said earlier, to be successful here at Harbour Town, you must have decent Scrambling numbers because these greens are very small and most golfers will go off the greens at some point. Not only is he strong in Scrambling but Glover is the only golfer this week that hits 6 out of 7 high priority stats and all of them, he is in the Top 20.
Luke Donald +6600 at MyBookie for ½ Unit
It’s really hard not to at least throw a half unit on Donald. In the last 10 years, Donald has either finished in 2nd or 3rd place, 7 times here at Harbour Town Golf Links. Donald hasn’t played a ton of golf lately, with just two tournaments in the last month and only three tournaments in the past 4 months. He loves this course and is definitely worth a ½ unit!
Head To Head Matchup
Aaron Baddeley over Ollie Schniederjans -135 for 2.5 units