RBC Heritage Betting Preview
One week after the most eagerly anticipated golf tournament of the year comes the RBC Heritage. Find out who the leading contenders are in our betting preview.
Last Week In Review
It was a week to remember for Patrick Reed as he claimed his first major title ahead of a fast-finishing Jordan Spieth, a battling Rickie Fowler and a Rory McIlroy that looked to have ran out of gas, birdies and the ability to be himself!
For many watching Reed it was a night of mixed emotions, depending on who you were:
…justification of his Top 5 claim (you are Patrick Reed)
…a deserved win (you had money on him)
…not another bloody American winner (you had money on someone else)
…he was lucky (you had money on Spieth)
…I’m proud, but sad (you are Bill and Jeanette Reed an David made not a dime on the prodigal one)
…f***k you Bill and Jeanette (you are Justine Reed and are rolling in it)
…yeah, but who is the real Patrick Reed? (you are the media)
For our picks, it was a case of stand up and be counted, for which none of them did. Especially the slow retreat of Tommy Fleetwood on the big stage, especially disappointing to see little coverage of a man looking increasingly like my local Big Issue seller.
But this is another week and another opportunity to claw back what we lost in Augusta and increase the winnings already bagged this season.
Harbour Town Golf Links has always been a relatively tough place to visit. This is principally due to there being obstructions somewhere on almost every fairway. There could be overhanging tree limbs, doglegs, narrow fairways or a water hazard lurking somewhere, semi-hidden by tall grasses.
The 7,699 yard par 71 course treats errant drivers particularly harshly. Players who win here are usually those who either have won the US Open or might do particularly well there including Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar and Branden Grace.
Throw in a Brian Gay, Hale Irwin and Payne Stewart and you get the drift of what kind of player is ‘likely’ to do well here.
Previous RBC Heritage Winning Odds
There’s a familiarity between this list of winners…and we’re not talking about an ability to play a trick shot or two!
- 2017 – (-13) Wesley Bryan 40/1
- 2016 – (-9) Branden Grace 400/1
- 2015 – (-18) Jim Furyk 40/1
- 2014 – (-11) Matt Kuchar 125/1
- 2013 – (-9) Graeme McDowell 25/1
RBC Heritage Betting Preview Blog
Scramblers tend to fare well at Harbour Town, the last three winners have all been in the Top 3 for this stat, and with small greens, it is easy to see why.
While the appearance of a certain Hurricane a few years ago cleared out some trees, it has only served to make the course a little more exposed to the elements.
Low scores are not uncommon here, but then stringing four of them together is.
With Dustin Johnson in the field there is no surprise who the favourite is, but there are still some great value to be had because of his presence in South Carolina.
Leading the betting right now:
Dustin Johnson 15/2
Paul Casey 14/1
Matt Kuchar 20/1
Marc Leishman 25/1
Cameron Smith 25/1
Webb Simpson 28/1
Meanwhile the defending champion Wesley Bryan is a surprising 125/1.
RBC Heritage Betting Tips
MATT KUCHAR 20/1 – After picking Kuch for the masters last week, I was rather disappointed to see him slowly moonwalk his way out of the Top 10 like a reverse black shadow after opening with a superb 68.
Still, a scathing attack isn’t going to help anyone and whatever I said about him last week is still going to be relevant this week when the real pressure of playing in a major is off.
Don’t get me wrong, for the amount of chances Kuch converts into wins, he’ll still be experiencing the squeeze of pressure, but on a course he has previous winning experience, will he be blushing out of pride of winning or discomfort at not winning…again?
He has three Top 10s already this season and in fairness he did eventually finish in the Top 30 at the Masters.
WEBB SIMPSON 28/1 – Did you catch a glimpse of the smooth-putting, bible-bashing lord off Augusta in the final round of the Masters last week?
I did, and I liked what I saw. Webb, despite having a ridiculous name and an inability to consistently get to grips with the non-belly putter, loves this course and comes in with a bit of lusty form. His final round 67 at the Masters proves there’s still life in this former US Open champ.
KEVIN KISNER 33/1 – I am surprised by the odds for Kevin Kisner. In 2015 he reached the playoff before losing out to Jim Furyk and he posted a creditable T11 last year. Add in his strong showing at the WGC Matchplay and the fact that he loves the conditions anywhere east of Memphis, and he might be a man to watch out for.
WESLEY BRYAN 125/1 – Does lightening strike twice?
Yes it f*****g does!
Read this…worth a small wager I’ll bet!
RBC Heritage Betting
|Matt Kuchar||20/1||2 pts WIN|
|Webb Simpson||28/1||2 pts E/W|
|Kevin Kisner||33/1||1 pt E/W|
|Wesley Bryan||125/1||1 pt E/W|
|2017-2018 Results||+/- +99.3 points|
All odds taken from bet365.com, 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4,5 correct at time of writing.
Total Staked in 2017-18 – £120.00
Total Returns – £219.30