Masters champion back in action this week
After a record-breaking four days at Augusta National, the new Masters champion is back in action on the PGA Tour this week. Jordan Spieth will become the first Masters winner to honour his commitment to the RBC Heritage since Zach Johnson in 2007 and is the new world number two is the favourite this week.
There is a strong field at the Harbour Town course. Keep reading for 2015 RBC Heritage golf betting preview.
Tough par 71 course requires accuracy
Accuracy is more important than power at Harbour Town. The course averaged the lowest of all in terms of the distance of drives in 2014 at just 257.7 yards and even drives that land on the fairway can pose problems thanks to sharp turns and low-hanging trees.
The South Carolina course is the third toughest par 71 on the Tour and scoring has averaged a shade over 72 in the last couple of years. A score of around 10 under par should be enough to win this week.
The RBC Heritage golf betting favourites
On current form it is impossible not to look past the Masters champion this week. Jordan Spieth‘s last four tournaments have resulted in finishes of first, second, second and first and the 21 year old has shot 20 consecutive under par rounds.
If you add in the fact that he has a decent record around this tough course – T9 in 2013 and T12 in 2014 – he is a worthy 11/2 favourite.
It was a good week at Augusta for the 2007 Masters champion. Zach Johnson ended his tournament with a pair of 68s to finish T9, his third straight top 20 finish.
The 39 year old hasn’t enjoyed the best time of it at Harbour Town in the last couple of years but he did finish second to Carl Pettersson in 2012 and is in good form at the moment. Johnson is a 16/1 chance.
Matt Kuchar is the reigning RBC Heritage champion and the 36 year old has rather flown under the radar this season after an excellent 2014. He recorded back to back top three finishes in January but since then his best result has been a T15 at the Texas Open in March.
Saying that, Kuchar hasn’t missed the cut in any tournament this season and we tipped him last year when he was available at 13/1. This year he is a 20/1 chance which looks great value.
Your golf betting outsiders this week
Kevin Streelman was one of the surprise stories at the Masters. The 35 year old shot 70-70-70 in his opening three rounds at the Masters and ended up placing T12; his best ever finish in a Major tournament.
It hasn’t been the most stellar year for the man from Illinois but his record at the RBC Heritage is excellent. He finished T17 in 2012 and T3 in 2013 and currently ranks ninth on the Tour in par 4 scoring which could be important on a tough course.
Streelman is a previous PGA Tour winner and looks a great each-way chance at 49/1.
Last year we tipped Pat Perez at 45/1 and while he ended T18, he could have been a winner if he had shown his final round form throughout the tournament. He shot a 64 over the last 18 holes and if he can eliminate the higher scores (a pair of 74s last year) he has a real chance.
Perez has recorded top 20 finishes in his last two starts and top 20 finishes in his last three visits to Harbour Town. At 65/1 he looks a great long shot.