The PGA Tour heads from Augusta to the almost as idyllic Harbour Town Links this week, though this circa 7,100-yards layout provides players with a very different test of golf than last week’s US Masters.
It’s an event that has been won by some big-names over the years, with David Love III having won it 5-times. There have also been plenty of two-time champions, including Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk, all players who have shown plenty of form on the traditional links used to host the Open Championship.
There’s certainly a quartet of decent links players at the head of the market this week, and it’s no surprise that Matt Kuchar has caught the eye of the bookies having finished 1/5/9 here the last 3-years, and having closed with a 5-under par final round at Augusta. He looks likely to go well this week, but looks too short at 14/1 for a player who doesn’t find winning easy.
2011 Champion Brandt Snedeker is next in the market at 18/1, but he hasn’t done anything here since, and doesn’t look to be firing on all cylinders at the moment. Meanwhile, that latter comment also applies to Brandon Grace, though a return to form wouldn’t be a surprise for the links-loving defending champion. Martin Kaymer is also only priced-up at 20/1 and, though he posted his best-ever finish at Augusta last week, the German hasn’t hit the top-20 here in two previous attempts.
Therefore, the first place in this week’s portfolio goes to Kevin Kisner, who will hopefully be feeling hungry after missing the cut at Augusta. He went intro Augusta having posted 4 top-17 finishes in his last 5 events, and his second here two-years-ago came when in similar form.
Another golfer who should be looking forward to returning here is Luke Donald, and the former world number-one is desperate for a win to get him back in the big time. In today’s power-mad game, Donald knows there are few events in which he’s on a level playing-field, but this is one of them. Tournament figures of 2/3/2/37/3/2/15/2 show just how well he plays here – and he must go in the portfolio after showing signs that he could put it altogether soon.
The third spot goes to Bryson Dechambeau, who was a real talking-horse when he turned pro. Second two-years-ago, he has been playing some better golf of late after a lull, and he could get back on track after a week in which he’ll have been disappointed to be watching the Masters on TV.
Last, but maybe not least, it might be worth chancing a few pounds on former dual-champion Stewart Cink. He’s posted 5 top-30 finishes in his last 5 starts and, if 44-year-old Cink is going to be competitive with the young-guns, it will probably be here.
2017 RBC Heritage Golf Preview And Tips
2 Points Each-Way Kevin Kisner @ 28/1 (Betstars) ¼ odds 5 places
1.5 Points Each-Way Luke Donald @ 40/1 (Betstars, Betvictor) ¼ odds 5 places
1.5 Points Each-Way Bryson Dechambeau @ (Betstars, Betfred) ¼ odds 5 places
0.5 Points Each-Way Stewart Cink @ 125/1 (Betstars) ¼ odds 5 places