After a wild first event back, the PGA Tour will make a run at tournament No. 2 coming off its three-month break on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel Berger won last week’s loaded Charles Schwab Challenge and is again in the field this week at Harbour Town. He’s again joined, however, by most of the best players in the world for what should be another awesome event.
Let’s take a closer look at this week’s contest, with odds and prop bets provided via William Hill Sportsbook.
What: RBC Heritage
When: June 18-21
Where: Harbour Town Golf Links — Hilton Head, South Carolina
Three things to know
1. Top three rebound: Last week was not an all-timer for the top three players in the world, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. McIlroy and Koepka both finished T32 while Rahm missed the cut. You could have won some serious money betting that none of the three would finish inside the top 30. All three are again in the field this week, although all in different groups this time around, and I expect all three to finish higher than they did a week ago.
2. Spieth coaster: Have we had enough time to recover from the amusement park ride that is following Jordan Spieth? I don’t know how long I can do it emotionally. If he continues to be wayward off the tee, he’ll likely find a lot more trouble at this course than he did at Colonial. Of course, if he continues to post weeks in which he’s No. 1 in putting, he’ll likely continue to finish in the top 10 at these events. You can see why the highs are high and the lows are low.
3. Does no fans even matter? Just as we witnessed last week and will for the foreseeable future, there will not be any spectators at this tournament. I didn’t know what to expect going into Colonial, but I have to say the entire experience was far more enjoyable — at least on television — than I thought. It was a purer, if financially-unsustainable version of what we normally get on the PGA Tour. And while the readmission of fans at some point down the road is inevitable, I’m definitely going to enjoy the next month of golf courses only full of golfers and their caddies.
Grading the field
Another great one, even if we got the ol’ bait-and-switch from Tiger Woods as he took his boat up the coast but not quite all the way to Hilton Head. For the second consecutive week, all five of the top players in the world will play this event, and the field — much like Colonial — has been bumped from 132 players to 155. This week’s featured groups are stronger and more stylistically diverse than last week’s featured groups, which should make for some great viewing early in the tournament Grade: A
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Three best prop bets
1. Tyrrell Hatton as top European player (10-1): Before the pandemic, Hatton was probably one of the five or 10 best players in the world. He had a great fall and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the last full tournament before the three-month pause. He’s listed fourth among the favorites to be top Euro in his first start back (he wasn’t in the field last week), and I like that 10-1 number a lot on this course.
2. Justin Thomas (30-1) or Bryson DeChambeau (28-1) to lead after Round 1: Both putted it very average last week at Colonial and still finished in the top 10 on the leaderboard. I love taking guys like this who have been striking the hell out of it but not finding the bottom of the cup. These are good odds to grab somebody like that who could have one good putting day and drop a 62.
3. Corey Conners or Ben An to finish in the top 10 (8-1): Two team no putt guys who are among the better ball-strikers on the PGA Tour. Conners played well last week at Colonial, though An did not. I’d like slightly longer odds given the strength of this field, but still love those two guys in any given week, especially at a course like Harbour Town.
RBC Heritage picks
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