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.


Column: A Masters win more about the past than the future


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.

 

Dustin Johnson+750
Francesco Molinari+1400
Bryson DeChambeau+1800
Xander Schauffele+1800
Patrick Cantlay+2000

 

Past Winners

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. 

 

2018Satoshi Kodaira+15000
2017Wesley BryanRecovering from injury
2016Branden Grace+5000
2015Jim Furyk (2)+3300
2014Matt Kuchar+2200
2013Graeme McDowell+5000
2012Carl PetterssonNot playing
2011Brandt Snedeker+5500
2010Jim Furyk (1)+3300
2009Brian Gay +15000

 

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.

Remaining Intertops odds to win the 2019 Heritage.

 

Matt Kuchar+2200
Jordan Spieth+2200
Tommy Fleetwood+2200
Kevin Kisner+2800
Webb Simpson+2800
Jim Furyk+3300
Matthew Fitzpatrick+3500
Ian Poulter+3500
Si-Woo Kim+3500
Jason Kokrak+4000
Byeong-Hun An+4000
Marc Leishman+4500
Charles Howell III+4500
Sungjae Im+4500
Billy Horschel+4500
Branden Grace+5000
Lucas Glover+5000
Cameron Smith+5000
Russell Knox+5000
Charley Hoffman+5000
Ryan Moore+5000
Graeme McDowell+5000
Brandt Snedeker+5500
Luke Donald+6000
Rafael Cabrera Bello+6600
Abraham Ancer+6600
Luke List+6600
Matt Wallace+7500
Emiliano Grillo+7500
Zach Johnson+7500
Justin Harding+7500
Ollie Schniederjans+8000
Keith Mitchell+8000
Corey Conners+8000
Aaron Baddeley+8000
Adam Hadwin+8000
Eddie Pepperell+8000
Patton Kizzire+8000
Russell Henley+8000
Kevin Streelman+10000
Kevin Na+10000
Beau Hossler+10000
Daniel Berger+10000
Bud Cauley+10000
Alex Noren+10000
Ryan Palmer+10000
Scott Stallings+10000
Shane Lowry+10000
Brian Harman+10000
Denny McCarthy+10000
Joel Dahmen+12500
Chesson Hadley+12500
Adam Schenk+12500
Austin Cook+12500
Scott Piercy+12500
JT Poston+12500
Charl Schwartzel+12500
Michael Thompson+12500
Andrew Putnam+12500
Bill Haas+12500
Martin Laird+12500
Brian Stuard+12500
Nick Taylor+12500
Chez Reavie+12500
Danny Lee+12500
C T Pan+12500
Cameron Champ+12500
Chris Kirk+15000
Rory Sabbatini+15000
Sam Burns+15000
Danny Willett+15000
Mackenzie Hughes+15000
Harold Varner III+15000
Andrew Landry+15000
Jonas Blixt+15000
Martin Kaymer+15000
Satoshi Kodaira+15000
Scott Brown+15000
Nick Watney+15000
Wyndham Clark+15000
Brian Gay+15000
Ryan Armour+15000
Jonathan Byrd+15000
Vaughn Taylor+17500
JJ Spaun+17500
Trey Mullinax+17500
Chris Stroud+20000
Brice Garnett+20000
Ernie Els+20000
D J Trahan+20000
Jason Dufner+20000
Troy Merritt+20000
Kelly Kraft+20000
Anirban Lahiri+20000
Peter Uihlein+20000
Roger Sloan+20000
John Huh+25000
Sam Saunders+25000
Harris English+25000
Ted Potter+25000
Sam Ryder+25000
Boo Weekley+25000
Ben Silverman+25000
Martin Trainer+25000

 

 

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