2019 RBC Heritage Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
It will be hard to match the excitement that Tiger Woods provided golf fans at the Masters last week. But the 2019 RBC Heritage has a packed field despite players like Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Rose taking the week off. That sets the table for the current No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson, to grab his second win of the season.
Johnson enters the RBC at +750 following his T2 finish at the Masters at Augusta National. Johnson was part of a three-player tie for second with Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka. His closest competition this week at the Heritage is Francesco Molinari, at +1400, who was the leader for much of the Masters before falling back on the final day to a T5 finish.
The RBC Heritage field includes five players listed in the top fifteen in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). Additionally, there are only five players, including Johnson and Molinari, coming in at +2000 or below to win the Heritage outright according to Intertops. None of the six have won the Heritage before.
If you look at past winners when picking a player then this year’s RBC Heritage has plenty to choose from. However, there is one notable player missing from the list of winners from the last ten years. Wesley Bryan jumped from being a trick-shot artist to winning on both the Web.com and PGA Tour is recovering from surgery for a torn labrum.
Recovering from injury
Jim Furyk (2)
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2019 RBC Heritage Prediction
The RBC Heritage field is packed with top-ranked players as well as several players that have won Majors over their careers but they may all be chasing Johnson. The South Carolina native is returning home for the tournament held at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Johnson enters this week after jumping to the top of the OWGR rankings and his push for the win at the Master after switching drivers halfway through the event.
Players to watch will include Molinari, who is now the No. 7 ranked player in the world, to see if he can bounce back from a stunning fall down the leaderboard at Augusta which included his ball striking a tree and falling into a pond during the final round of the Masters. Despite the final few holes at Agusta, the Italian golfer won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month as well as the 2018 British Open.
Don’t overlook players such as Jordan Speith and Tommy Fleetwood who are both at +2200. Speith has dropped to No. 34 on the OWGR list while Fleetwood is No. 15. But, both Speith and Fleetwood have been showing signs of breaking through this season even though Speith started 2019 with several inconsistent rounds. That may have changed as Speith, an 11-time PGA winner with three majors, put together three great rounds at the Masters.
As for Fleetwood, he enters the first round at Harbour Town hitting 70 percent of greens in regulation so far in 2019. The English player does not have a PGA win yet but has won five times in international play and came in second last year at the US Open.