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What Tiger Woods accomplished at the Masters was nothing short of remarkable, and Francesco Molinari had a front-row seat to it all.
Molinari, the tournament’s 54-hole leader who played alongside Woods during Sunday’s final round, witnessed the completion of perhaps the greatest comeback in the history of professional sports when Tiger slipped on his fifth green jacket.
If that didn’t inspire the 36-year-old Italian to keep his foot on the gas pedal and play some great golf, I’m not sure what will.
Francesco stumbled on the back nine on Sunday, making a pair of costly double bogeys that took him out of contention. I’m sure he’s itching to get back on the golf course.
The good news is he won’t have to wait long.
In fact, Molinari isn’t the only golfer who got into contention at Augusta who will be teeing it up this week at the RBC Heritage. Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele both finished one shot behind Woods in a tie for second place, and both are in the field.
Let’s take a look at who else we could see contend in Hilton Head for the tartan jacket in 2019.
Who Will Win the 2019 RBC Heritage?
I briefly mentioned that Dustin Johnson will be featured at Harbour Town Golf Links this week. The freshly-minted #1 player in the world is bouncing around between +750 and +800 to win, odds that I just can’t get on board with when there are 132 capable players in the field.
Let’s take a peek at the 28 golfers that BetOnline.ag has listed at +5000 or better to win the golf tournament. Keep in mind that certain players have better/worse prices elsewhere, which is why you always want to shop your lines when betting on golf online.
2019 RBC Heritage Odds to Win
Byeong Hun An+4000
Charles Howell III+4000
Si Woo Kim+4000
Is Marc Leishman Standing Out?
Well, it’s hard not to see value with Marc Leishman at +4000, until you look at MyBookie.ag and find him lurking at +4500 to win. And if I told you that Leishman was listed at +5000 to win the RBC Heritage over at Bovada.lv, would you be interested?
Perhaps because Leishman finished a pedestrian-like 49th place at the Masters, the bookies don’t anticipate him playing well. It could be due to the fact that Marc missed the cut at Harbour Town last year that the oddsmakers suspect he isn’t a good fit for this venue.
But he’s still the 22nd ranked golfer in the world, ahead of names like Kevin Kisner, Jordan Spieth, Ian Poulter, and Matthew Fitzpatrick — all of whom have “lower odds” to win the tournament this week.
Can Jim Furyk Continue His Stellar Play?
BetOnline.ag is one of the best in the business when it comes to providing a satisfying betting experience to its customers. Make sure not to place a wager on Jim Furyk emerging victoriously this week with them, though.
Why get +2800 on your money when you can just as easily get +3300?
Jim might be turning 49 in less than a month, and he might be two clubs shorter than the likes of Dustin Johnson. But Jim has already won this tournament at this golf course twice before, plus he’s in the midst of playing some really solid golf.
Just how solid?
Try six top 25s among his seven starts in 2019!
Jim’s lone non-top-25 showing came two months ago at the Genesis Open when he placed 37th. Furyk leads the PGA Tour in driving accuracy percentage (77.65%) and ranks third in scoring average (69.664).
He’s 6th in scrambling and 12th in greens in regulation (GIR), not to mention 6th in proximity and 7th in par-4 scoring. Throw in the inspiration from watching his good friend and fellow “forty-something” win a major, and I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Jim having a chance to win on Sunday.
My Pick to Win the 2019 RBC Heritage
Tommy Fleetwood had it to 6 under par for the week when he arrived at Amen Corner on Sunday. Unfortunately, a back-nine score of 4-over-par 40 left Tommy at -2 and in a tie for 36th.
However, don’t be fooled (even though others might) into thinking Tommy isn’t a good pick to win this week just because he never got any momentum going at Augusta National. Harbour Town is tailor-made for guys who can stripe it repeatedly, and Fleetwood is one of the premier ball strikers on the PGA Tour.
I’ve been riding Tommy for a good chunk of the year, and I’m confident he’ll notch a win sooner rather than later.
This could very well be the week.
Setting a Lineup on DraftKings for the RBC Heritage
Those of you who participated in the Masters Millionaire Maker on DraftKings know exactly how exhilarating playing DFS golf can be.
Submitting a lineup and watching the drama unfold is an awesome way to gain betting exposure to PGA Tour events, and it’s no different this week. DK is offering a $100,000 first-place prize to the winning lineup in the PGA $555k Drive the Green GPP.
The entry fee is just $5, and if I resided in a state that permits playing on DraftKings, here is how I would go about constructing my lineup.
- Top-Tier = Players priced at $9k and up
- Mid-Tier = Players priced from $7,500 to $8,900
- Low-Tier = Players priced from $6,000 to $7,400
With 12 men priced at $9k or higher, I’ll start with my favorite three plays among the group. I’ll preface this by stating that I love Xander Schauffele ($10,900) this week, but I’m wary that his ownership could get out of hand.
Here’s a way to get nearly as much upside all while saving $1,200 in salary.
Patrick Cantlay – $9,700
Patrick Cantlay shot 73-73 during his opening two rounds at the Masters, barely making the cut. The fact that he grabbed sole possession of the lead when he birdied 15 on Sunday speaks volumes to Patrick’s ability to stay focused on the task at hand.
For a guy who is so steady and someone who thrives in all facets of his game, I’m actually surprised that Patrick has only one PGA Tour victory on his resume. His stoic personality and boring style of play should bode well at Harbour Town Golf Links, and I’ll leave you with the following.
In Patrick’s previous two appearances at this event, he finished 3rd (2017) and 7th (2018).
Tommy Fleetwood – $9,200
Tommy Fleetwood is a world-class player, despite failing to break 70 in any of the four rounds at the Masters. Given that the field this week is stacked with men who played much better than Tommy did at Augusta, I imagine the casual fan won’t give too much thought to considering Fleetwood for his or her roster.
That means you can latch onto Tommy at depressed ownership and help your lineup stand out. It also will allow you to roster other players you are targeting without maxing out all of your dollars.
Remember, sparing a few hundred bucks in your total allotment is a great way to give yourself a unique lineup.
In tournaments with extreme top-heavy payouts like the large-field GPPs on DK, this is a terrific strategy to employ.
Kevin Kisner – $9,100
I alluded to Tommy Fleetwood potentially being low-owned this week on DraftKings. One of the main reasons is because Kevin Kisner, the recent winner at the WGC Match Play in Austin, is looming directly underneath him (and is $100 cheaper).
Kevin finished 7th at the 2018 RBC Heritage, bettering his 11th-place showing here in 2017. Kisner bookended his week at the 2019 Masters with matching 69s, eventually tying for 21st. We know how accurate and dependable the South Carolina native is off the tee, and I’m well aware of how reliable he is with the flat stick. All signs are pointing toward a top-10 finish, but just be careful.
If Kevin’s popularity causes him to swell to over 20% owned, he could be worthy of being classified as “a fade.”
Once you decide which golfer (or golfers) from the upper echelon you want to roster, it’s time to examine the middle tier.
Charles Howell III – $8,700
Charles Howell III is having a wonderful season on the PGA Tour thanks to being uber-consistent across the board. Ranked third in GIR and 14th in strokes gained: putting, “Chucky Three Sticks” has also built up a ton of confidence.
Not only did he record a win just down the coast at the RSM Classic, but his strengths should suit this layout famously.
Howell tied for 32nd at the Masters despite being derailed by a horrendous 41 on the back nine on Saturday. So long as “CH III” cleans up a few things, a top-15 finish seems like it would be imminent.
Marc Leishman – $8,000
I like Marc Leishman’s chances of performing well at a demanding track like Harbour Town, but I guess this recency bias is a real thing after all. Perhaps because Marc played poorly at Augusta, the authorities at DraftKings thought it was okay to price Leishman down at $8,000. I mean, he did make eight bogies on Sunday and looked out of sorts all week long.
So do we just toss out his win at the CIMB Classic and his trio of other top-4 finishes?
From what I can see, Marc just needs to start seeing some putts go in. It’s not like the 35-year-old Aussie forgot how to swing the club; he just needs a little boost of self-assurance.
One solid putting round, and that can all change.
Abraham Ancer – $7,600
I’m not ready to jump off the Abraham Ancer bandwagon just yet. I watched him whoop Cameron Smith before drumming CH III in Austin, so I know this dude has what it takes to excel on the big stage.
Ancer has already amassed six top 25s on the season, in part thanks to clocking in at 7th on the PGA Tour in total driving. Abraham has a knack for wearing out the center of the clubface on his irons as well, ranking 20th in proximity.
I think this kid is bound to win sooner or later. Wouldn’t it be nice if he did so when you had him locked in at $7,600?
Finally, for some “hidden value” in the low-end of the pricing.
Kevin Streelman – $7,200
Do you want to be convinced that Kevin Streelman is a fine play to round out the bottom of your lineup on DK? It won’t take long.
Streelman joined Webb Simpson as the only two players in the field to post four subpar rounds at the 2018 RBC Heritage. Kevin wound up placing 7th there, and he’s coming off a 6th-place finish at the Valero Texas Open.
Streelman has been known to be a bit “hit or miss” as he’s missed 7 of 15 cuts this season. But if he gets a hot putter going in Hilton Head, he could be the perfect “boom or bust” play for your GPP lineups.
Brian Harman – $7,000
Brian Harman has missed four of his last five cuts, so I understand if you want to steer clear. I should point out that his one made cut over that stretch was an 8th-place finish at THE PLAYERS, and I’d also like to elaborate on Brian’s play at Harbour Town.
Harman finished 9th at the RBC Heritage in 2017 and followed that up by registering a 23rd in 2018. Poor putting and inconsistent iron play have held the former University of Georgia star back thus far, but returning to a place where he has good vibes should help out.
His recent game log is going to scare away a lot of people, which, again, will give you a chance to submit a distinctive lineup.
Brian Gay – $6,700
Brian Gay is known for picking apart golf courses just like Harbour Town. All you have to do is look at Brian’s four career victories on the PGA Tour, and you’ll see that he has won here before.
Or you can look at the driving accuracy percentage statistic, and you’ll find Gay slotted in the fourth position. It doesn’t matter if you look at strokes gained: putting or total putting; you’ll see Brian ranked in the top five in both.
At just $6,700, Gay is a good bet to make the cut, and he could very well find his name on page one of the leaderboard by week’s end.
My Lineup in GPPs for the 2019 RBC Heritage
- Patrick Cantlay $9,700
- Tommy Fleetwood $9,200
- Charles Howell III $8,700
- Marc Leishman $8,000
- Abraham Ancer $7,600
- Brian Gay $6,700
2019 RBC Heritage Matchup Picks
Plan on having loads of fun on DraftKings, and don’t be shy about taking a stab on a couple of players to win the tournament outright.
But if you really want to turn a profit betting the 2019 RBC Heritage, concentrate on taking advantage of the head-to-head matchups.
Matchup Picks Coming on Wednesday Morning
Enjoy the Tournament
I can’t promise the RBC Heritage will bring as much pleasure and euphoria as the Masters did this past weekend.
On the flip side, I can’t promise that you don’t have just as good of an opportunity to win some money this time around while betting a golf tournament.
Gambling on DraftKings is enjoyable, and picking a winner can offer a really fun sweat when you get it right. However, focusing on actively pursuing the discrepancies in the matchups is how you can wind up smiling on Sunday evenings!
RBC Heritage Preview for 2019 – Betting Picks and DFS Advice
Johnson and Molinari headline a tremendous field at the 2019 RBC Heritage. My betting preview covers odds, predictions, matchup picks and DFS advice.