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Hello, friends and degenerates! After the disappointment of the year’s first major, it’s time to turn our sights and wallets towards the sandy shores of South Carolina and Hilton Head Island for the RBC Heritage.

As they have every year since 1983, the best in the world will tee it up at the Harbor Town Golf Links the week after the Masters — and just like each of the last three years in this tournament, I’ve got your winner pegged.

Going into the week at the RBC Heritage, the most important thing to remember is that, as my colleague, Matt, mentioned — this is a course for horses.

In the 48 times this event has been played, half of those titles were claimed by just 10 men.

This week, there are close to dozen previous winners in the field, all looking to add to their resumes and to the history of repeat champions at Harbor Town.

Here’s a look at your can’t-miss, no-doubt, sure-fire, mortal-locks at the RBC Heritage:

RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links – Hilton Head, South Carolina
April 12 – 15, 2018

ODDS to Win:
Dustin Johnson 8/1
Paul Casey 14/1
Matt Kuchar 16/1
Marc Leishman 25/1
Cameron Smith 25/1
Brian Harman 30/1
Charley Hoffman 30/1
Patrick Cantlay 30/1
Bryson DeChambeau 40/1
Kevin Kisner 30/1
Adam Hadwin 30/1
Tyrrell Hatton 30/1
Webb Simpson 30/1
Ian Poulter 30/1
Luke List 40/1
Emiliano Grillo 40/1
Zach Johnson 40/1
Ollie Schniederjans 40/1
Ryan Moore 40/1
Kevin Chappell 40/1
Francesco Molinari 40/1
Kevin Na 40/1
Bud Cauley 40/1
Xander Schauffele 50/1
Brandt Snedeker 50/1
Luke Donald 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
Charles Howell III 50/1
Russell Knox 50/1
Byeong Hun An 50/1
Beau Hossler 50/1
Jason Dufner 60/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 60/1
Jason Kokrak 60/1
William McGirt 60/1
Scott Piercy 60/1
Austin Cook 80/1
Patton Kizzire 80/1
Grayson Murray 80/1
Kevin Streelman 80/1
Charl Schwartzel 80/1
Graeme McDowell 80/1
Chris Kirk 80/1
James Hahn 80/1
Si Woo Kim 80/1
Rory Sabbatini 80/1
Bill Haas 100/1
Dylan Frittelli 100/1
Martin Kaymer 100/1
Ross Fisher 100/1
Ryan Palmer 100/1
Martin Laird 100/1
John Huh 100/1
Brian Gay 100/1
Chesson Hadley 100/1
Corey Conners 100/1
Kelly Kraft 100/1
Harris English 100/1
Lucas Glover 100/1
Sean O’Hair 100/1
Brice Garnett 100/1
Wesley Bryan 125/1
Billy Horschel 125/1
Nick Watney 125/1
Aaron Baddeley 150/1
Stewart Cink 150/1
Brandon Harkins 150/1
Sam Saunders 150/1
Ben Martin 150/1
Anirban Lahiri 150/1
Scott Stallings 150/1
J.J. Spaun 150/1
C.T. Pan 150/1
Hudson Swafford 200/1
Danny Lee 200/1
Chad Campbell 200/1
K.J. Choi 200/1
Satoshi Kodaira 250/1
Doc Redman 500/1
Field (all others) 12/1

Mortal Locks: 

Cameron Smith — Already a winner on the PGA Tour, young Aussie Cameron Smith has done nothing but turn heads with his play this side of the pond. Last week in Augusta, his late Sunday charge at the Masters netted him his second consecutive T-5 finish on Tour and the best major performance of his young career. So what does he have for an encore? Maybe — just maybe — it’ll be Tour win No.2. At 25/1, the money and the recent results are hard to ignore.

Brian Harman — It’s hard to believe in a field where Dustin Johnson is teeing up, I’m leading off with Brian Harman — but it’s true! The Savannah, GA native had a career year in 2017 and has been connecting strong finishes all year. It seems like Harman has found something and will be a fantasy favorite for some time to come. This week he’s been installed at 30/1 — which is hard to pass up when you consider the aforementioned DJ is the only player in the field this week who could actually run away with it.

Bang for Your Buck:

Charley Hoffman — My man! The mulleted wonder, Charley Hoffman, tees it up at the RBC Heritage this week on the heels of his fifth consecutive great finish at the Masters. Hoffman is due. I really don’t think there’s anyone else on Tour more deserving of a win in the very near future than he is. When you look at Hoffman’s record over the last 12-16 months, it’s absurd to think he hasn’t hoisted a trophy or donned some type of ugly-ass jacket. Both could change this week — and at 30/1, you’ll be handsomely rewarded if he does.

Luke Donald — Do you believe in the law of averages? How about karma? If you’ve answered yes to either or both of these questions, then you need to take a big ol’ wad of cash and put it on Luke Donald. His track record here is unreal. Donald is 9-9 with five runner-up finishes and a third place showing. Are you serious? At a certain point, you’ve got to figure the guy who can play Harbor Town Golf Links in his sleep, play it well when every other time he tees it up it’s a mystery, will eventually win the event. At 50/1, the ROI is outstanding. Don’t be a fool — this is one Donald you can trust.

Fun Under $5: 

Chesson Hadley — Another one of my guys, Chesson Hadley hasn’t had the type of terrible year on Tour that would warrant him getting 100/1 money in a field as weak as the one teeing it up this week at the RBC Heritage. Yet, here were are — Hadley getting 100/1. If you don’t throw at least a couple shekels on Hadley this week, you’re nuts. The guy can stripe it and has been playing well.

There you have it, friends and degenerates! Now if you’ll excuse me, they’ve just added “Heat” to Netflix — so the rest of my night is spoken for. Until next time, go and choose wisely


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