After a successful return in Texas, the PGA Tour heads to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage with another strong field teeing it up. See who our so-called experts think will come out on top and take home the tartan jacket.
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Brendan James – Golf Australia Editor
Coming off a T3 at Colonial, it would appear XANDER SCHAUFFELE has picked up right where he left off before the COVID-19 shutdown. Despite another impressive field this week at Hilton Head, the World No.10 will be a strong contender once again based on his ability to hit plenty of greens in regulation.
He led the field in greens hit last week and was a clear standout in proximity to the hole stats. If he is in the top-10 after round 1, I expect him to go on with the job and collect his fifth PGA Tour win and first for this year.
Sportsbet odds: $21.
JIMMY EMANUEL – Golf Australia Deputy Editor
Picking the winner in just the second tournament back on the PGA Tour is a bit of a lottery. So, I am taking a horses for courses approach here … and LUKE DONALD certainly fits the bill at Harbour Town.
Donald is making his first start back since the Tour halted, with his last start a T11 at the Honda Classic. The state of Donald’s game now is a bit of a mystery, however, I expect him to find his feet quickly at a venue where he has made 14 starts for 11 finishes of T37 or better, including seven inside the top-3. LUUUUKKKKKE!
Sportsbet odds: $151.
Michael Jones – Golf Australia writer
It’s always hard to go past the likes of Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas – but I really like the look of IAN POULTER here. The English veteran, to me, presents great value at $61 considering his most recent trips to Harbour Town have heralded shares of 10th, 7th and 11th.
Don’t sleep on Rory Sabbatini either … The South African-born Slovakian was T14 at Colonial last week and loves it here, finishing T10 last year and boasting an impressive collection of further top-20s. Not bad for a 101/1 shot.
Sportsbet odds: $61.
Rod Morri – Golf Australia magazine contributor and The Thing About Golf podcast host
He didn’t attract a lot of attention for his play last week but I’ll be staying with SUNGJAE IM for this week’s RBC Heritage. He was sneaky good in Texas to post a T10 result and while his only previous appearance at Harbour Town resulted in a weekend off, that won’t happen again this week.
Sportsbet odds: $29.
So far our so-called experts have combined to tip EIGHT winners in 2020, with 32 of their picks recording top-10 finishes that week and a best return of $29 for Adam Scott to win the Genesis Invitational (tipped by Brendan James and Jimmy Emanuel).