The Masters is one of those tournaments that transcends golf. People who only watch one or two tournaments a year stayed up on Sunday night to watch Sergio Garcia edge Justin Rose out in a playoff but this week’s RBC Heritage is very much a tournament for the golf purist.
Set at the absolutely stunning Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the RBC Heritage is, stylistically, very far removed from Augusta National. You just have to look at the recent winners of the RBC Heritage to see what sort of golf is required at Harbour Town.
Branden Grace, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar and Graeme McDowell are the last four champions. Each of them place a premium on accuracy over power, they’ve all got razor sharp short games and they can keep their ball flight nice and low to keep it out of the coastal winds. The 7,101 yard, par 71 layout is not the sort of course where you can simply pull the driver out at every hole. Expect to see plenty of irons hit off the tees around the narrow, tree lined longer holes and some brilliant scrambling to keep bogeys off the card.
Comfortable Kuchar at Home at Harbour Town
Whilst commentating for Sky Sports, Padraig Harrington described Matt Kuchar as the “best Sunday player” in the world. In a game with players like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, there is nothing particularly eye catching about Kuchar’s game. The 38-year-old just seems to plod around the course before picking up a top 10 finish but there’s no question that he’s got another gear.
Kuchar hit a hole in one during his final round at Augusta last weekend which should fire him up for another crack at the RBC Heritage, a tournament at which he’s gone 9-5-1 over the last three years. Kuchar is in good form and he always feels comfortable and confident when he tees it up at Harbour Town so back him for the win at 16/1 with Betfred.
Can Donald Finally Win at Hilton Head?
Just as Sergio Garcia wondered whether he would ever win that illusive major, Luke Donald must be wondering when he’s finally going to get over the line at the RBC Heritage. The Englishman has finished second or third an incredible six times at this tournament but a mistake here or a brilliant performance from a competitor there has stopped him from winning.
Donald’s game is perfectly suited to Harbour Town and he looks set to contend for the title once more so back him each way at 45/1 with Betfred.
Can Poulter Secure His Card This Week?
Ian Poulter has only two starts left on the medical exemption given to him by the PGA Tour. We’ve all seen what the Englishman is like when his back’s against the wall in the Ryder Cup and he’ll be calling on that fight in his attempts to ensure he earns his Tour card. Poulter certainly looks good each way value at 125/1 with Bet365 given his decent record at Harbour Town and the flashes of brilliance he’s shown in recent weeks.