With the Masters in the rearview, the PGA Tour jets over to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head. The 2022 tournament is the 54th version of the Heritage, which begins play on Thursday, April 14th, and concludes on Sunday, April 17th. The field will be stout with numerous players that played at Augusta set to tee it up.
Stewart Cink returns to defend his title after picking up one of his two victories on Tour last season here. Cink rolled to a four-shot victory over Harold Varner III and Emiliano Grillo for his third victory at this tournament.
The winner of the event receives 500 FedEx Cup points and $1.44 million of the $8 million purse. There have been ten players in the event’s history that have won this tournament multiple times. Let’s take a look at some of the PGA Tour Betting favorites heading into the RBC Heritage and the top names in the field.
Golf Betting Preview for 2022 PGA Tour RBC Heritage
The Harbour Town Golf Links opened its doors in 1967 and has hosted the RBC Heritage every year since 1969. The Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus design is a par-71 that plays approximately 7,120 yards.
Known for its tight fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and small greens, Harbour Town presents a stiff test for those players coming from Augusta National.
RBC Heritage is one of five events on the PGA schedule with invitational status. The field is reduced to 132 players, and there is no Monday qualifying for the event.
Five of the top 10 players in the world are expected to showcase their talent at the RBC Heritage this week. Those five players include Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, and Collin Morikawa.
Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are back in action this week. Spieth is coming off his first career missed cut at Agusta. Fowler continues to try and regain his form after missed cuts in four of his last seven events.
A handful of Ryder Cup participants are in the field include Daniel Berger, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter, and Shane Lowery. Future Ryder Cup captains Zach Johnson and Henrik Stenson will be in action.
Morgan Hoffmann, once a decorated amateur player, returns to the PGA Tour for the first time since 2019. Hoffmann was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and has been out on a major medical extension since. The 32-year-old has three starts left on his medical extension.
Length off the tee is a non-factor at Harbour Town as ball-striking is the emphasis. With narrow fairways and strategic hazards, accuracy off the tee is crucial.
Elite ball-strikers litter the top of the betting board heading into Thursday’s tee times. Thomas (+900) is the pre-tournament favorite.
Following Thomas is Morikawa (+1400), Cantlay (+1400), and Smith (+1600). All four players at the top made the cut last week at the Masters, with Cantlay (T39) the worst finisher.
If you are targeting value plays, the ball-striking of Kevin Na (+4500) and Harold Varner III (+6500) can’t be overlooked. Defending champion Cink can be grabbed at a bargain of +13000.