The RBC Heritage will be the next tournament on TOUR, and with it comes another solid field with the top five making the trip from Colonial CC to Harbour Town GL. Last season, the tournament was played the week after The Masters in April, but now with the revised schedule due to the shutdown, we’ll get 150-plus golfers in the field as opposed to the 132 last season.
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The past five winners of the RBC Heritage include C.T. Pan, Satoshi Kodaira, Wes Bryan, Branden Grace and Jim Furyk. The past champs are good golfers, but the tournament will play very differently with the bulked-up field – it’ll be more like a WGC Event as opposed to a regular tournament, which is how it’s been characterized in the past and how it’s usually been approached when betting.
One thing to keep in mind is how often the winner comes from behind on Sunday. Over the past five years, the winner has been three to four strokes back after 54 holes. RBC Heritage has also finished in a playoff three out of the last seven years. For a full course preview and key statistics breakdown, refer to the DraftKings Preview on DraftKings Playbook. Here are the bets we should be considering this week on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Justin Rose to Win +3000
One event without the Honma equipment resulted in Rose’s best finish (3rd) since the Hero Challenge back in December 2019. He just made another change this week, getting rid of swing coach Sean Foley after an 11-year run. Rose cited he was working on his game at home due to COVID-19, but it seems this move was more in-line with ‘purging’ last season’s disappointments rather than for convenience. Rose finished inside the top-20 in fairways gained and first in birdies or better gained in Fort Worth, which could propel him into the top spot this week.
Kevin Kisner to Win + 5500 | Top 10 +550
There are quite a few names with shorter odds than Kisner, but as alluded to earlier, this tournament has an excellent chance of someone coming from behind on Sunday to win. We should reserve some of our bankrolls for this scenario and go with some longer odds pre-tournament. Kevin Kisner was strong Tee-to-Green last week, gaining 5.4 strokes at Colonial CC, losing just 0.6 on the greens. Kisner has pedigree at Dye courses racking up both a runner-up and a win in back-to-back years at the WGC Match Play. Kisner had also won at Colonial CC back when it was the Forth Worth Invitational and ranks fifth in fairways gained over his last 12 rounds on Dye courses. He’s shown he can hang with the best and gets back on a course he plays exceptionally well on.
Russell Henley to Win: +25000 | Top-10 +1600 | Top-20 +750
As mentioned in the DraftKings Preview article, Henley was playing great golf before the shutdown and has been solid on both SG: Approach-the-Green and par 4 scoring, ranking inside the top-25 in both categories. All three of his wins have come on bermuda greens (2017 Shell Houston Open, 2014 Sony Open and 2013 Honda Classic), but if you don’t think he can contend with this field (or if you do), consider his top 10/top 20 number as a viable hedge.
Byeong Hun An Leader after Round One: +8000
Benny An reminded us how we feel when either betting or rostering him with a quadruple bogey on a par 5 in the final round. The roller-coaster of emotions stems from how bad of a putter he is, and elevates with how elite of a ball-striker he can be each week. An is gaining 6.6 strokes Tee-to-Green over his last five tournaments and ranks sixth in SG: Around-the-Green over his previous 24 rounds. An’s got the first tee time on Thursday, so the sweat starts (and ends) early.
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