An elite field of 154 golfers will converge on Hilton Head this week for the 2020 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. It’s the second PGA Tour event following a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beyond the world’s top six golfers, the 2020 RBC Heritage field features 114 PGA Tour winners, most for any event since that stat started being tracked 20 years ago.
Rory McIlroy is the 11-1 favorite, according to the latest 2020 RBC Heritage odds from William Hill, followed closely by Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau at 16-1 and Jon Rahm at 18-1. But are they the best favorites to target in your 2020 RBC Heritage Fantasy golf rankings?
McIlroy isn’t entering with momentum. He shot a four-over 74 Sunday to finish 32nd at the Charles Schwab Classic and hasn’t played Harbour Town since 2009. Sleepers like Ian Poulter, who has three straight top-11 finishes at Harbour Town, and Joel Dahmen, who’s posted four straight top-20 finishes overall, could return better value. Before finalizing any 2020 RBC Heritage Fantasy golf picks, check out the latest Fantasy golf rankings from data scientist Rick Gehman.
With his expansive database of golf statistics, course data and betting odds, Gehman creates advanced models and back-tests them constantly. These models produced 10 outright winners in the past year, including 50-1 Chez Reavie at the Travelers and 40-1 Patrick Reed at the Northern Trust among eight PGA Tour winners, plus a $10,000 DraftKings win at the Masters.
At this year’s WGC-Mexico Championship, four of Gehman’s top six golfers finished tied for sixth or better. Then at the Honda Classic, Gehman was higher than many on Sungjae Im, and the 21-year-old South Korean earned his first PGA Tour victory. Last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, Gehman was much higher than most on Daniel Berger, noting Berger’s three straight top-10 finishes before the hiatus. The result: Berger fired a 15-under, giving him 28 straight rounds under par, and beat Collin Morikawa in the playoff. Anybody who has followed his golf picks has seen some huge returns.
Now Gehman, co-host of “The First Cut” podcast on CBS Sports, has revealed his top 30 players for the RBC Heritage 2020 over at SportsLine so you can crush your Fantasy golf leagues.
2020 RBC Heritage Fantasy golf picks
For the RBC Heritage 2020, Gehman believes Morikawa will contend despite missing a three-foot putt in Sunday’s playoff, noting the 23-year-old rising star actually gained 3.35 strokes putting in the tournament. Amazingly, Morikawa has begun his career making 21 straight cuts, four short of the modern record set by Tiger Woods. He’s arguably the best young player in the world.
On the other hand, Gehman is fading world No. 5 Dustin Johnson, ranking him outside the top 13 golfers this week. Johnson missed the cut last week at Colonial and has only two top-10 finishes in his last 13 starts. In fact, Johnson is losing strokes in every category except driving.
How to set your 2020 RBC Heritage Fantasy golf rankings
Gehman is high on a superstar who missed the cut last week amid a horrific putting performance. This overlooked stud is poised for a huge bounce-back at Hilton Head. Gehman is sharing who it is, and his top 30 golfers in order, right here.
Who wins the 2020 RBC Heritage? Who are the top golfers to target? And which overlooked player can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Rick Gehman’s Fantasy golf power rankings for the RBC Heritage, all from the data scientist who was high on Daniel Berger last week, and find out.