HIDEKI MATSUYAMA (JAP) 30/1 – £5 EW BET WILLIAM HILL – 8 PLACES

KEVIN KISNER (USA) 55/1 – £5 EW BET BETFAIR – 8 PLACES

TYRELL HATTON (ENG) 50/1 – £5 EW BET WILLIAM HILL – 8 PLACES

BRIAN HARMAN (USA) 90/1 – £5 EW BET SKYBET – 9 PLACES

BRENDON TODD (USA) 200/1 – £5 EW BET WILLIAM HILL – 8 PLACES

BRIAN STUARD (USA) 300/1 – £3 EW BET WILLIAM HILL – 8 PLACES

Last Years Winner CT Pan’s Highlights

HARBOUR TOWN GL

The RBC Heritage, known for much of its history as the Heritage Classic or simply the Heritage, is a PGA Tour event in South Carolina, first played 51 years ago in 1969. It is currently played in mid-April, the week after The Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

The venue for its entire existence has been the Harbour Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. The Harbour Town course, which frequently appears on several “Best Courses” lists, was designed by famed golf course architect Pete Dye, with assistance from Jack Nicklaus. In 1972, the first two rounds were played on both the Harbour Town Golf Links and the Ocean course at Sea Pines, with the final two rounds at Harbour Town.

Originally played in late November, it moved to mid-September in 1973, March in 1974, and April in 1983. The inaugural champion in 1969 was forty-year-old Arnold Palmer, his first win in over a year. Course co-designer Nicklaus won in 1975, two weeks before his fifth Masters win. Davis Love III leads with five victories in the event, Hale Irwin has three, and eight others have won twice.

 PLAYERS SUITED

What to be looking for this week. Very high GIR is a big advantage here. Small greens mean a good scrambling game is also needed as I am sure not everyone will hit 18 greens in regulation play this week that’s for sure. Not a long course so it’s all about positioning and hitting the right side of the fairways in order to get a good view of the smaller greens. Short game experts who rarley feature on the betting could be worth a few pounds here.

This event over the past three years have had some very big priced winners:

  • CT Pan – 160/1 – 2019
  • Kodaira – 250/1 – 2018
  • Bryan – 80/1 – 2017  

PAST WINNERS

2006 Aaron Baddeley 269 Jim Furyk 270
2007 Boo Weekley 270 Ernie Els 271
2008 Boo Weekley 269 Aaron Baddeley 272
Anthony Kim 272
2009 Brian Gay 264 Briny Baird 274
Luke Donald 274
2010 Jim Furyk 271 Brian Davis 271
2011 Brandt Snedeker 272 Luke Donald 272
2012 Carl Pettersson 270 Zach Johnson 275
2013 Graeme McDowell 275 Webb Simpson 275
2014 Matt Kuchar 273 Luke Donald 274
2015 Jim Furyk 266 Kevin Kisner 266
2016 Branden Grace 275 Luke Donald 277
Russell Knox 277
2017 Wesley Bryan 271 Luke Donald 272
2018 Satoshi Kodaira 272 Si Woo Kim 272
2019 Cheng Tsung Pan 272 Matt Kuchar 273

MIKE’S PICKS

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA (JAP) 33/1

This will be the first event back for Hideki on the PGA Tour, as I said last week a lot of the boys from Asian have been back playing a lot earlier than most, he has been one of these working hard over the past few weeks fine tuning his overall game, and has played a lot.

His results pre lockdown were not too shabby:

I just feel compared to the others around him in the market he should be more like 20’s if not lower, I feel this price is a steal and not to be missed this week.

Twelfth position in the FedEx cup and a top twenty five player in the world. Five wins on the PGA think he could go very close this week to number six.

33/1 with Unibet and 888 Sport both paying 6 places is the best price taken 15/6/20 17.50pm.       

KEVIN KISNER (USA) 55/1

After what we saw last week with Kevin it was all good reading coming into this week for sure.

As you might remember he has always been a good banker when we have tipped him in the past, he got us the win at the WGC match play at 80/1.

He is another Pete Dye specialist and just seems to love playing tight tree lined courses. He was in a good place last week just seemed to push too hard over the weekend for us, and to be honest it was not that sort of place you could push, ok Bryson was the exception.    

Good previous around here was a runner up in 2015, great tee to green game. The putter needs to get working a bit better than last week but he is returning to his favoured Bermuda greens.

I will be betting again £5 EW at 55/1 with Paddy Power paying 8 places. You can get 60’s in places still taken 16/6/20 7.50am.        

TYRELL HATTON (ENG) 50/1

Finally got his PGA Tour victory under his belt. This can only be a good thing he has got the job done so will be easier to follow this up with another win very soon. He won twice in the same year in 2017 on the European Tour so can he do it again here on the PGA Tour?

Top twenty in the world player and sitting in seventeenth position on the Fed-EX Cup rankings. He really is becoming one of the world’s top players to come out of England and what with it being a Ryder Cup year he could be the star of the show regarding points this year for Europe.

Why he is in my picks we caught up with him before he set off for the RBC and boy was he buzzing to get back into the action. We asked what has he been able to work on during the layoff, he said he has a great practice area for all his short game needs and he likes the feel of his putting stroke. “wink wink” J

Some factors to back that up, taken from the PGA Tour:

  • Off the Tee – 11th
  • Approach to the Green – 1st
  • Around the Green – 8th
  • Putting – 31st
  • Tee to Green – 1st

Betting £5 EW with Paddy Power at 50/1 paying 8 Places. Can get better prices out there taken 16/6/20 7.33am.   

BRIAN HARMAN (USA) 90/1

Right firstly just to say we had Brian come to us from the team yesterday evening and the prices on the market then were 150/1 now the best you can get is 90/1 so prices have been slashed quite a bit already.   

Top twenty five last week shooting three rounds under par was a good performance.

He has had a couple of top ten finishes here, and that will be a big factor as experience could play a big part. You have to be very patient around here and he has that sort of game and demeanour about him. Hence why he beat the best in the world at match play last year.

I would get on this one quick before he gets slashed again in the market. I am betting £5 EW  90/1 with SkyBet paying 9 places.   

BRENDON TODD (USA) 200/1

Big Price I know!!! But he is in this week for a very good reason, I forgive him for the missed cut last week he didn’t play too bad, on a golf course that does not suit his strengths, can excuse him being a bit rusty.

You must remember this guy’s results just before the Xmas break 2019, he went back to back wins at the Bermuda and then Mayakoba. He then followed that with another two top four finishes. He has game and knows how to win and is a very solid player. “Dangerous at 200/1”

Why is he such a good fit here?

  • Have to be straight around here not a boomers track – Driving Accuracy 71.88% 4th PGA Stats
  • Most previous winners were around the top five for scrambling – Sand Save 69.23% 1st PGA – Scrambling from Rough 68.14% 14th
  • Putting of course is a feature he is one of the best all round putters – Overall Putting Average 1.556 6th PGA – One Putt Percentage 44.78% 4th PGA

No more to say really but to advise you Boyle Sports have him at 300/1 paying 8 Places as at the 15/6/20-17.33pm. £5 EW Bet  

BRIAN STUARD (USA) 300/1

The holes set up great for his game, driving accuracy and keeping it in play with good position from the tee he ticks this box. Driving accuracy is high as 71.39% fifth on the tour stats. His around the green scrambling is also top draw.

Known as a good putter as well where he also ranks inside the top thirty on the PGA. He could turn up here buzzing after a great final round last week. If he hits the ground running watch those odds crumble.

He is 300/1 today the 15/6/20 with Bet 365-William Hill-Vbet-250/1 Boyle Sports 8 Places

OTHER PLAYERS WE HAD ON OUR SHORT LIST FOR THIS WEEK

  • SHANE LOWRY – 70/1
  • BRANDON GRACE – 50/1
  • IAN POULTER – 80/1

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