The PGA Tour heads to South Carolina on Thursday as the 2019 RBC Heritage Classic tees off from Hilton Head Island.
In the cooldown of Tiger’s historic win at Augusta last week, golfing fans can rest assured this weekend promises another thrilling finish. The last six winners of this event have trailed after 54 holes, while last year’s winner, Satoshi Kodaira, won in thrilling playoff fashion over Korea’s Kim Si-woo.
Several of the world’s Top 30 players are set to compete at the Harbour Town Course, and with a host of winning chances, we’ve analysed everything you need to know in our complete 2019 Heritage Classic Preview below.
2019 Heritage Classic Best Bet
Bryson DeChambeau – $19.00
DeChambeau looked good in the early stages at Augusta shooting 66 in the first round only to fall apart in Rounds 2 and 3. The 25-year-old tied for 29th at -4 under, but he’ll head to Harbour Town with plenty of confidence after tieing for third last year. DeChambeau holds three Top 10 finishes this year largely thanks to the success he’s found off the tee. That kind of accuracy should come in handy this weekend at a course renowned for its narrow fairways.
2019 Heritage Top 10 Finish
Cameron Smith – $5.00
Don’t be shocked if Cameron Smith wins his first major one of these days. The Aussie might’ve tied for 51st at Augusta last week, but his iron play was encouraging in the first round. There are no fancy stats to back up this pick, but the Harbour Town course, which requires precision around the greens, should suit Smith nicely.
2019 Heritage Top 20 Finish
Matt Kuchar – $1.91
Now at age 40, Kuchar has played a lot of golf in recent weeks. He knows the tricks and turns of Harbour Town well mind you, having won this event back in 2014. Kuchar tied for 12th at The Masters last week only seven days after another Top 10 finish at the Texas Open. Don’t let his age fool you, Kuchar’s short game is the real deal.
2019 Heritage Classic Field
Dustin Johnson – $8.00
Tying for second last week at Augusta, Johnson once again finds himself the favourite after winning the WGC in Mexico back in February. Since then Johnson has secured three Top 10 finishes, while he’ll hope to improve on his 16th place finish in his return to Harbour Town last year. Johnson played a handful of average rounds on this course in the early stages of his career, but he’ll have plenty to play for this weekend in front of his hometown fans. Anything outside of a Top 10 finish seems unlikely.
Francesco Molinari – $15.00
Last year’s British Open winner fought on well at The Masters last week to tie for fifth. The Italian has missed the cut once and failed to finish inside the Top 20 in three starts at Harbour Town, but with a strong putting game that was on full display last week at Augusta, you certainly can’t write Molinari off. The only question now might be the short turnaround.
Xander Schauffele – $17.00
Schauffele was right in the hunt for his first Majors win at Augusta last week before a sluggish third round 70 got in the way. The American still tied for second though, and he’ll take some beating this weekend ranking Top 10 in the PGA’s approach-the-green, putting and tee-to-green ratings. Schaufelle made his Harbour Town debut last year, and although he failed to finish inside the Top 30, he still holds some of the most consistent form this season.
Jordan Spieth – $21.00
Spieth has struggled to find any kind of form in 218 failing to finish inside the Top 20 in all nine events. The three-time Major winner tied for 21st at Augusta last week, but it’s hard to understand why Spieth isn’t a little wider in the market. The 25-year-old returns to Harbour Town for the first time since 2015, and with 45 pars and eight bogeys last week at The Masters, it’s tough to trust Spieth’s short game right now.
Tommy Fleetwood – $21.00
Fleetwood tees off alongside Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker on Thursday, two previous winners of this event. The Englishman has some work to do after finishing outside the Top 30 at The Masters last week, and this looks to be a big ask as Fleetwood prepares to make his Harbour Town debut.
Marc Leishman $41.00
Leishman looks to replicate Aaron Baddeley, Peter Lonard, Greg Norman and Graham Marsh’s success by becoming the fifth Australian to win the Heritage Classic. The 35-year-old was a popular sleeper pick at Augusta last week but failed to finish inside the Top 40. Leishman has been one of the better players around the green this year, but he’s struggled at Harbour Town, missing the cut in 2018 and failing to finish inside the Top 20 in two starts prior.