After another thrilling renewal at Augusta, the PGA Tour moves to South Carolina this week and we have RBC Heritage golf betting tips for you. The Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head has played host to this event since its inception in 1969, and is one the players favourite stop-offs in its usual post Masters position on the schedule.
The Par 71, 7,101yd Pete Dye designed track has a definite coastal links feel about it, and is a good example of how courses don’t need to be long to present a good test. The tiny Bermuda greens are amongst the smallest on tour, and combined with the narrow and mostly tree-lined fairways, help make the track primarily a test of accuracy and sound iron play. The correct part of the fairways have to be hit to allow players a chance to attack these small targets. Warm settled conditions are forecast with only fairly light breezes, which is quite rare on this coastal layout.
RBC Heritage Betting Tips
For punting purposes, it’s a pretty open betting heat with quite a bit of depth in the field, despite the top names giving this week a miss after their Augusta exertions. The course sets up perfectly for steady tee to green merchants, and our three selections all definitely fit into that category.
Matt Kuchar 14-1 each-way (1/5 the odds-7 places) Paddy Power
The main golf tip this week is Matt Kuchar, who must arrive here brimming with confidence after his storming finish at Augusta last week. His Tied 4th position, included a hole in one at the famous 16th on Sunday afternoon and his final day back nine of 31 must have hugely boosted his confidence after a pretty slow start to the season. The ever smiling American has a great recent record at this track, with a win in 2014, a 5th place in 2015, and a Tied 9th last year. This type of layout is absolutely perfect for his style of play. He never really had any hope of winning last week despite his late surge, so not being in the heat of battle could prove another positive this week.
Back Matt Kuchar with Paddy Power
Matt Fitzpatrick 40-1 each-way-(1/4 odds-6 places) Stan James
My second fancy this week is Matt Fitzpatrick who finished 32nd at Augusta last week. He has shown plenty of promise already this season to warrant an each-way bet on a course that I have always thought was tailor made for a player who’s greens in regulation stats are usually very good. He finished Tied 23rd on his debut here as an Amateur in 2014, and despite a missed cut in his only other start last year, there is every indication this type of layout which places a premium on accuracy rather than power, could be a venue where the Sheffield youngster could shed his PGA maiden tag. His laser straight iron-play and silky smooth putting stroke should certainly give him plenty of birdie chances around this track.
Francesco Molinari 40-1 each-way(1/5 the odds-7 places) Paddy Power
Another player who should also be ideally suited by this type of layout is Francesco Molinari, who fought back well from a first round 78 last week at Augusta to finish a respectable Tied 33rd. Last weeks venue is a course that the genial Italian has generally struggled on over the years, so don’t be putt off by his finishing position. He has been in solid form this season on the PGA Tour after a really strong finish to last year, and despite lack of course form on his rare appearances here, he is another player whose sublime tee to green game should be absolutely perfect for this weeks test. If his sometimes suspect putting holds up, expect a strong performance from this solid ball striker.
Back Francesco Molinari with Paddy Power