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“Even the best fall down sometimes…” — Howie Day

Few people have ever been more right than Howie Day was in his hit song “Collide.” Even the best do fall down.

I’m not talking about Justin Rose — though his drive on the first playoff hole looked like a classic choke job — I’m talking about ol’ No. 1. Me. Golfstradamus.

Yes, it was a tough week. The crystal brain was little more milky than normal and thus I stumbled a bit on my picks.

Fret not, dear reader! I am back and ready to bounce back with a trip to the winner’s circle this week in South Carolina!

The RBC Heritage is one of the PGA Tour’s marquee stops. It’s been on the Tour longer than most of you have been sucking up air on this planet — and long enough to include names like Arnold Palmer (Rest in Power), Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller on its list of winners.

This week, there are a few guys I’m quite fond of. And if you’re looking to make a little extra money for the Easter Weekend (is Easter a big party weekend?), then you’re going to want to get familiar:

RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links – Hilton Head, South Carolina
April 13 – 16, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Matt Kuchar 12/1
Brandt Snedeker 20/1
Branden Grace 25/1
Tyrrell Hatton 25/1
Russell Henley 25/1
Bill Haas 25/1
Martin Kaymer 25/1
Kevin Kisner 25/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 30/1
Charley Hoffman 30/1
Adam Hadwin 30/1
Jim Furyk 30/1
Luke Donald 30/1
Jason Dufner 30/1
Russell Knox 40/1
Billy Horschel 40/1
Pat Perez 40/1
Marc Leishman 40/1
Kevin Na 40/1
Graeme McDowell 40/1
Francesco Molinari 40/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 50/1
Shane Lowry 50/1
Charles Howell III 50/1
William McGirt 50/1
Bryson DeChambeau 50/1
Keegan Bradley 50/1
Patrick Cantlay 60/1
Wesley Bryan 60/1
Luke List 60/1
Kyle Stanley 60/1
Jason Kokrak 60/1
Webb Simpson 60/1
Stewart Cink 60/1
Lucas Glover 60/1
Danny Willett 80/1
Martin Laird 80/1
Chris Kirk 80/1
Anirban Lahiri 80/1
Sung Kang 80/1
Ollie Schniederjans 80/1
Aaron Baddeley 80/1
Harris English 100/1
Graham DeLaet 100/1
Ian Poulter 100/1
Danny Lee 100/1
J.J. Spaun 100/1
Harold Varner III 100/1
Andrew Johnston 150/1
Field (all others) 5/2

Mortal Locks

Matt Kuchar — There are a couple no-brainer picks every time you come to Harbour Town and Matt Kuchar is one of them. In his last three trips to Hilton Head, Kuch has posted a win, a 5th and tie for 9th. Needless to say, he feels comfortable on property and tends to up his game for this event. At 12/1, he’s getting phenomenal money for someone considered the favorite.

Luke Donald — Where have you gone, Luke Donald? A nation turns it’s lonely eyes to yo — wait, that’s not how it goes. Luke Donald — former World No. 1 Luke Donald — has all but “faded into Bolivia” as Mike Tyson would say. Once the best player in the world, Donald is currently 96th. Alright, so it has not been that bad as of late for the Englishman, but it has been a long time since his last win on Tour. However, when he comes to Harbour Town, his current form doesn’t seem to be an issue. Donald has collected four runner-up finishes and two third place showings at the RBC Heritage without a win. At 30/1. the juice is worth the squeeze.

Charley Hoffman — I wanted to put money on Hoffman at Augusta and passed. It ended up being the right move, but I’m not skipping over him this week. He’s not flashy and he’s not super long, but when he’s hot — he’s hot. Hoffman comes into the RBC off a T-22 at the Masters and solid finishes in his last seven starts, including two top-5’s. At 30/1, you’d be remiss to overlook him.

Bang for Your Buck

Pat Perez — While everyone was busy watching Sergio and Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth on Sunday at Augusta, I was busy watching the guys around mid-pack. Why? Those are the players who are usually going to make you some money in the following week or two. Momentum is huge in golf, and momentum created in a major is un-underestimatable (that’s a word, yeah?). Perez finished T-18 at the Masters — a personal best — and has played solid golf all year long. At 40/1, his time may be at hand.

William McGirt — Another player who carries Augusta Momentum into Hilton Head is William McGirt. After collecting his first PGA Tour win at the Memorial last year, McGirt has quietly made a name for himself. His performance at the Masters only backs up my assertion that he is a big time player waiting to blossum. Can he McGirt convert this week? At 50/1, you’d be a fool not to at least consider the possibility.

There you have it, friends and degenerates! Your can’t-miss picks for the RBC Heritage. As always, these are only suggestions — people have to make their own mistakes and I’m more than happy to let you make yours.

 

Cheers!

 

-Golfstradamus.

 

  1. Eric says:
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    Make it 5 runner-ups for Donald!

  2. Golfstradamus says:
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    Tell me about it! And McGirt finishes T-3 because he couldn’t buy a putt on Sunday! Golf betting is cruel — cruel, I tell you!

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