By Ryan Knuppel
The pro’s of the PGA will head to Hilton Head, South Carolina this week for RBC Heritage. Last week, we were so close to crushing it with Justin Rose as our top play for The Masters but he ended up losing in the playoffs to the 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia.
The RBC Heritage is played at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This tournament is routinely filled with many golfers that didn’t play in the Masters and those not in the upper echelon of the PGA. This course requires golfers to be accurate and able to get around on the very small greens. Let’s jump right in and find us a winner for the RBC Heritage.
The first golfer to look at is Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau is a statistical guru and studies each course he plays on prior to ever stepping foot on the grass. When you look at his past history over the past 2 years, when he has a week off prior to an event, he plays much better than when he plays on consecutive weeks. My theory on this is he has more time to crunch numbers and gameplan accordingly. DeChambeau had last week off with the Masters taking center stage, so he should be well prepared this week and I look for a decent outing from him in Hilton Head.
If you are the type of player that strictly looks for course horses, then Luke Donald is your man! He has by far the best course history in this field. He has finished the runner-up (2nd place) of this tournament four times, finished in 3rd place two times and has never missed the cut in 8 times out here at Hilton Head.
The last time Jim Furyk played in this tournament, he left the winner in 2015. Not only did he win the tournament in 2015 but he also won it in 2010 and finished 2nd in 2005 and 2006. Furyk has seven top 8 finishes here at the RBC Heritage dating back to 2005.
A golfer that I am closely monitoring is Kyle Stanley. He doesn’t exactly have premium course history here, but this year his form is setting up perfect for this course. RBC Heritage is played at Harbour Town Golf Links and the greens are smaller than normal so you have to pay particular attention to Strokes Gained: Tee To Green. Stanley ranks 6th on the tour this year in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green.
Throw out course history for this one but pay attention to him because he could be there on Sunday competing for the win. Matthew Fitzpatrick missed the cut here at Harbour Town GL last year and his only other try was in 2014, where he finished 23rd. That being said, his form is great right now. He has made six consecutive cuts and is coming in off a 32nd place finish at the Masters. Fitzpatrick has four T17 finishes or better this year including a 5th, 13th, 16th and 17th place finishes.
Play of the Week: Luke Donald at 33/1 - His history is just too strong here to pass on.
Underdog of the Week: Kyle Stanley at 66/1 - This course sets up perfectly for Stanley.