- The RBC Heritage is the first tournament after the Masters
- Webb Simpson is the defending champion
- Simpson is a favorite for this tournament behind Dustin Johnson
- Daniel Berger and Patrick Cantlay are also contenders
The PGA Tour rolls on after Hideki Matsuyama overcame some sizable Masters odds to become the first Japanese player to win a major. The next stop is in Hilton Head, South Carolina for the RBC Heritage, which was the second tournament to be held last year after the return of golf from the COVID-19 shutdown. So, it’s time for some RBC Heritage odds.
It will be played, as always, at Harbour Town Golf Links, a par-71 course. It is 7,121 yards long, and it was played last year in June. This led to a record score of -22 for tournament winner Webb Simpson as conditions were much more generous than they are in their usual mid-April slot. Harbour Town is known for its small greens, so good iron players should have success here.
As usual, you can watch this tournament on The Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday from 3:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET. You can watch it on Saturday and Sunday on the same channel from 1:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET, and then it’s over to Golf TV until 6:00 PM ET.
All RBC Heritage odds courtesy of Bovada
RBC Heritage Odds – Favorites
Dustin Johnson (+1000)
Johnson failed to make the cut in his Masters defense, but he is still atop the world golf rankings. He is struggling a bit, and he has never made it into the top 15 at Harbour Town, although Johnson was T-17 here last year. However, as good as Johnson can be, he deserves to be the golf betting favorite here. He ranks 11th in Shots Gained: Approach The Green. He was also born and raised in South Carolina, so that could help Johnson.
Webb Simpson (+1100)
The defending champion has finished in the top 20 five times at Harbour Town. This includes last year’s win and a runner-up finish in 2013. Simpson finished T-12 at Augusta and he ranks 13th in SG: Putting. That is going to keep him in the mix if his irons (84th in SG: Approach) are cooperating.
Patrick Cantlay (+1600)
Cantlay, who is one spot behind Simpson in the world rankings at 10th, missed the cut at Augusta, his second missed-cut in three starts. However, Harbour Town could be the spark for Cantlay, who didn’t play here last year. But prior to that, Cantlay finished in the top seven three years in a row. It’s safe to say he likes this place.
RBC Heritage Odds – Contenders
Daniel Berger (+2200)
Berger missed the cut at the Masters, but he has been one of golf’s best players since last year’s restart, winning the Charles Schwab Challenge in the first tournament back. He followed that up with a T-3 at Harbour Town, which was after a T-33 in his 2019 debut. Berger is 37th in SG: Approach, and 16th in SG: Putting.
Tyrrell Hatton (+2500)
Hatton quietly finished T-18 at the Masters, his sixth top-20 in eight starts this year. He ranks 10th in SG: Approach, and he was right there with Berger last year at T-3 at Harbour Town. He fired a 64 and a 63, and Hatton has the potential to go low seemingly any time.
Corey Conners (+2800)
Three players finished in the top 10 in both the November 2020 Masters and the April 2021 Masters. World #2 Jon Rahm (T7-T5), former Masters champion Patrick Reed (T10-T8), and Conners (T10-T8), who also finished T-21 here last year. Conners’ irons are very good (13th in SG: Approach), but when he misses, he struggles (SG: 147th in Around The Green).
RBC Heritage Odds – Longshots
Tommy Fleetwood (+3300)
Fleetwood showed glimpses of his game with an ace on the 16th hole at Augusta, but he only finished T-46. He ranks 82nd in SG: Approach, which gives him a chance. But Fleetwood is also 176th in SG: Off The Tee, so he has to find some fairways.
Matt Kuchar (+4000)
Kuchar has been rolling as of late, finishing third at the Match Play and T-12 at the Valero Texas Open before barely missing the cut at Augusta. His stats this year aren’t very good at all, but Kuchar loves Harbour Town, where he has made the weekend in all 16 of his previous trips. He also won here in 2014, finished second in 2019 and has been in the top 10 six times.
Shane Lowry (+4000)
Lowry was solid from tee to green at Augusta for a T-21, and even though he missed the cut here in 2020, he was T-3 in 2019. Lowry is fine until he gets to the greens where he is 153rd in SG: Putting. If he can have a good week with the flatstick, the Irishman could pay off for sports betting players.