Although the name has changed several times over the years, the Heritage Classic has been a PGA Tour event since 1969. Currently known as the RBC Heritage, the quickly approaching 2016 event looks like a great opportunity for golf betting aficionados everywhere to cash in with a winning wager just one week after last weekend’s memorable Masters major.
Better yet, you’re going to have a great opportunity to do just that as I highlight the golf betting favorites to bag this year’s RBC Heritage Plaid Jacket.
PGA RBC Heritage Golf Betting Preview – Cash in On Longstanding PGA Event!
The RBC Heritage is played at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina on a course designed by Pete Dye. It has been labeled as one of the best golf courses in all of America by numerous golf publications and golfers and remains one of the top events for PGA Tour players that get an invitation to play. Now, let’s take a look at the course’s information, the current odds and a glimpse at some of the past winners.
Dates – April 14 – April 17, 2016
Prize Pool – $5,900,000
First Place – $1,062,000
FedEx Cup Points – 500
About the Course
Name of Course – Harbour Town Golf Links
Where is Harbour Town GL – Hilton Head, SC
Par – 71
Yards – 7101
Slope – 146
Year Built – 1969
Designed by – Pete Dye
2015 Jim Furyk
2014 Matt Kuchar
2013 Graeme McDowell
2012 Carl Pettersson
Top Favorites to win 2016 RBC Heritage
Jason Day 11/2
Brandt Snedeker 20/1
Matt Kuchar 22/1
Kevin Kisner 25/1
Zach Johnson 25/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 30/1
Justin Thomas 35/1
Bill Haas 40/1
Billy Horschel 40/1
Branden Grace 40/1
Kevin Na 45/1
Charley Hoffman 50/1
Graeme McDowell 50/1
Jamie Lovemark 50/1
Jason Dufner 50/1
Luke Donald 50/1
Danny Lee 55/1
Analysis: Okay golf betting enthusiasts, the first thing you need to know about the RBC Heritage is that it is a ‘polar-opposite’ course to lat week’s highly coveted Master’s. While the most prestigious golf tournament in the world favors hitters that can accurately drive their ball great distances, the RBC Heritage is a much shorter curse that places a premium on accuracy and consistency over sheer distance.
Pete Dye‘s design demands that every shot is a thoughtful attempt. Players that want to be successful will need to be accurate off the tee and hit the right side of fairways as often as possible. Just know that this is a tough feat as only one player hit upwards of 80 percent of greens last year. Having said that, golfers that are great short ball strikers and putters will have the best chance to bag this longstanding title. Okay, here are my top five picks to win the 2016 RBC Heritage.
My Top Five Picks
I picked Day to win the Master’s last week and while he didn’t have a legitimate chance of doing so, he wasn’t all that bad either as he finished tied for 10th. The good news is that Day won consecutive tournaments just prior to the Master’s and should have plenty of confidence coming into this tourney. Giving Day a great opportunity here is the fact that he won the PGA Championship and the WGC-Dell Match Play on Pete Dye designed courses. Day will make his first trip to Hilton Head in three years looking to improve on his best ninth place finish in 2011.
Casey finished T-4 at the Masters and has the kind of accurate game off the tee that makes a lot of sense for Harbour Town. Casey has been on fire recently, recording three Top 10 finishes in a row.
Snedeker finished tied for 10th at the Masters just one tournament after finishing tied for 17th at the WGC-Dell Match Play. Snedeker bagged the RBC Heritage title in 2011 and I think it’s possible the Nashville native could do so again!
I know Kuchar finished a decent T-24 at the Masters after finishing T-17 at the WGC Match Play, but he’s won here before, (2014) while finishing fifth in his title defense lat year. The 37-year-old has not missed a cut at Harbor Town in 13 years to go with five top-25 finishes. Kuchar’s best finish this season is a T-8 at the Northern Trust Open in February for one of just of two top-10 finishes at official PGA Tour events this season. However, his modest results so far could very well spur him to reach greater heights in one of his favorite tour events.
The 21-year-old from Sheffield, England finished T-24 here as an amateur in 2014 and an impressive T-7 at the Masters last week while hitting a ton of GIRs. Fitzpatrick is a great dark horse pick whose game fits the RBC course very well.
Donald has recorded four top-15s here in the last five years, including three medal-stand finishes.
Hoffman has a pair of top-8 finishes here in the last five years (2012, 2013) and hasn’t missed a PGA Tour cut since January.
Brown has racked up three Top 10 finishes in his last four events and claimed a fifth place finish here in 2014.