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The coronavirus pandemic cost the PGA Tour three months and caused the 2020 RBC Heritage to be moved from its customary spot after the Masters. However, the schedule change means elite players who normally skip the event will instead try to return to form after the layoff. The second event of the revamped PGA schedule tees off Thursday at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, with an elite 2020 RBC Heritage field on tap.

William Hill has pegged top-ranked Rory McIlroy as the 11-1 2020 RBC Heritage favorite as he plays the best golf on Tour but continues to struggle in his final rounds. The sportsbook lists Charles Schwab runner-up Collin Morikawa at 25-1, while Bryson DeChambeau, who tied for third last week, is the 16-1 co-second favorite along with world No. 3 Justin Thomas. Before making any 2020 RBC Heritage picks, you need to check out the PGA Tour predictions from SportsLine’s resident golf insider, Sal Johnson

A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson is coming off a very strong 2019 season. He featured Tiger Woods in his best bets for the Masters and backed Brooks Koepka in his picks for the PGA Championship, and both players pulled off major victories. He completely nailed the season-ending Tour Championship. He predicted that Koepka, Rory McIlroy or Xander Schauffele could come out on top, and McIlroy won the event for the second time, with Schauffele coming in second and Koepka tied for third. Anyone who followed Johnson’s golf picks saw some huge returns.

Johnson also knows what it takes to be successful at Harbour Town, where the last four champions were first-time PGA Tour winners. Johnson pegged one of those, picking Branden Grace as one of his solid contenders in 2016. Johnson noted that Grace had finished seventh in the Heritage the previous year and “can play well on courses like Harbour Town.” The South African shot 9-under par to win by two strokes for what remains his only PGA Tour victory.

The golf expert picked Jim Furyk as one of his long shots to win the event in 2015, and the veteran won in a playoff for his most recent Tour title (his first in almost five years). Johnson also saw the hunger from Matt Kuchar in 2014, tagging him as one of his best bets before his only win that season.  

Now, Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour,” a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who has worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world’s top golf statistics database, has released his highly confident 2020 RBC Heritage picks here, and they will surprise you.

Top 2020 RBC Heritage expert picks

Johnson wants no part of Jon Rahm, even though the talented young golfer is ranked second in the world. William Hill has him listed among the 2020 RBC Heritage favorites, but the course doesn’t fit his power game and the golf guru expects the 25-year-old to show frustration in having the driver taken out of his hands. The Spaniard is a player to fade this week. 

Johnson liked what he saw from Jordan Spieth, as the former Player of the Year and three-time major champion tied for 10th at Colonial. The 26-year-old shot a final-round 71, but the fact he was in contention was a positive sign. Spieth has finished in the top 12 three times at Harbour Town, and his putter has been coming around. He was No. 1 in strokes gained putting at the Charles Schwab Challenge and is 10th in strokes gained around the green this season.

Fellow former world No. 1 Brooks Koepka also had been struggling, but showed Johnson signs of a turnaround at the Charles Schwab. The four-time major champion shot in the 60s all four rounds to finish six-under, and it appears the time off helped his ailing knee. The 30-year-old has played in only five events this season, but he was fourth on Tour last season in scoring average and 11th in greens in regulation, both critical stats at Harbour Town. 

How to make 2020 RBC Heritage predictions

Johnson is all over a monster long shot who has only one prior PGA Tour victory. This young golfer plays well on courses that reward strong shot-making, and he could be in line for a shocking victory. Anyone who backs this underdog could hit it big. 

Who wins the RBC Heritage 2020? Where do Spieth and Koepka finish? And which monster long shot is a must-back? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson’s full leaderboard, picks and analysis for the 2020 RBC Heritage, all from the insider who nailed the Tour Championship and knows what it takes to win at Harbour Town.

2020 RBC Heritage odds (via William Hill)

Rory McIlroy 11-1
Justin Thomas 16-1
Bryson DeChambeau 16-1
Jon Rahm 18-1
Xander Schauffele 22-1
Collin Morikawa 25-1
Sung-Jae Im 28-1
Webb Simpson 30-1
Justin Rose 30-1
Jordan Spieth 30-1
Patrick Reed 30-1
Hideki Matsuyama 30-1
Dustin Johnson 35-1
Brooks Koepka 35-1
Gary Woodland 40-1
Daniel Berger 40-1
Matt Kuchar 45-1
Branden Grace 50-1
Tony Finau 50-1
Rickie Fowler 50-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 55-1
Tyrrell Hatton 60-1
Abraham Ancer 60-1
Kevin Kisner 66-1
Viktor Hovland 66-1
Shane Lowry 66-1
Scottie Scheffler 66-1
Sergio Garcia 70-1
Jason Day 70-1
Billy Horschel 80-1
Louis Oosthuizen 80-1
Joel Dahmen 80-1
Rafa Cabrera Bello 90-1
Brandt Snedeker 90-1
Byeong Hun An 90-1
Ian Poulter 90-1
Harris English 90-1
Jason Kokrak 90-1
J.T. Poston 100-1
Kevin Na 100-1
Corey Conners 100-1
Joaquin Niemann 100-1
Bubba Watson 100-1
Harold Verner 125-1
Brian Harman 125-1
Ryan Palmer 125-1
Luke List 125-1
Adam Hadwin 125-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 125-1
Rory Sabbatini 125-1
Scott Piercy 125-1
Bud Cauley 125-1
Zach Johnson 150-1
Maverick McNealy 150-1
Russell Knox 150-1
Graeme McDowell 150-1
Russell Henley 150-1
Alex Noren 150-1
Patrick Rodgers 150-1
Cameron Smith 150-1
Jim Furyk 150-1
Max Homa 150-1
Luke Donald 175-1
Ryan Moore 175-1
Chez Reavie 175-1
Lucas Glover 175-1
Danny Lee 175-1
Kevin Streelman 175-1
Matthew Wolff 175-1
Brendon Todd 200-1
Talor Gooch 200-1
Emiliano Grillo 200-1
Harry Higgs 200-1
C.T. Pan 200-1
Erik Van Rooyen 200-1
Charl Schwartzel 200-1
Chesson Hadley 200-1
Charley Hoffman 200-1
Tom Hoge 225-1
Si-Woo Kim 225-1
Jason Dufner 225-1
Sebastian Munoz 225-1
Charles Howell 225-1
Matt Wallace 225-1
Danny Willett 225-1
Troy Merritt 250-1
Victor Perez 250-1
Matt Jones 250-1
Aaron Wise 250-1
Dylan Frittelli 250-1
Keith Mitchell 250-1
Jhonattan Vegas 250-1
Andrew Putnam 250-1
Sung-Hoon Kang 250-1
Lanto Griffin 250-1
Andrew Landry 250-1
Wyndham Clark 275-1
Jimmy Walker 275-1
Jazz Janewattananond 275-1
Kevin Chappell 275-1
Wesley Bryan 275-1
Aaron Baddeley 275-1
Sam Burns 275-1
Pat Perez 300-1
Nick Watney 300-1
Mark Hubbard 300-1
Vaughn Taylor 300-1
Denny McCarthy 300-1
Kyle Stanley 300-1
Tyler Duncan 300-1
Brian Stuard 300-1
Mackenzie Hughes 300-1
Carlos Ortiz 300-1
Doc Redman 350-1
Kevin Tway 350-1
Adam Long 350-1
Scott Stalling 350-1
Austin Cook 350-1
Nate Lashley 350-1
Adam Schenk 350-1
Cameron Tringale 400-1
Stewart Cink 400-1
Brian Gay 400-1
Michael Thompson 400-1
Ernie Els 400-1
Bronson Burgoon 400-1
J.J. Spaun 400-1
Peter Malnati 400-1
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 400-1
Scott Brown 500-1
Brice Garnett 500-1
Bernhard Langer 500-1
Sepp Straka 500-1
Patton Kizzire 500-1
Matt Every 500-1
Sam Ryder 500-1
David Hearn 500-1
Spencer Ralston 500-1
Ryan Armour 500-1
K.J. Choi 500-1
Ted Potter 500-1
Andy Ogletree 500-1
Bill Haas 500-1
Vijay Singh 750-1
Davis Love 750-1
Roger Sloan 750-1
Glen Day 750-1
Chris Stroud 750-1
Martin Trainer 1000-1
Michael Gligic 1000-1
Jim Herman 1000-1
Michael Kim 1000-1
Bo Van Pelt 1500-1