Well, that was fun. The PGA Tour is back and they gave us a very eventful tournament with Florida State product Daniel Berger knocking off young hot shot Collin Morikawa in a playoff to win his third tournament on the tour and his first since 2017. The action was nonstop and there is more in store for this weekend.
The PGA Tour now heads to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. C.T. Pan recorded his first professional win at this tournament last year, beating out Matt Kuchar, but this year the competition will be much tougher. The field is again stacked and we are set to have another fun golf watching weekend.
The biggest story leaving the weekend at Colonial was what we saw from former NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau. The SMU product essentially did nothing but work out and drink protein shakes during quarantine and is now pushing 240 pounds on a 6-foot-1 frame. DeChambeau is the size of a run-stuffing mike linebacker and it’s helping him bomb the ball off the tee.
"Hit it hard and go find it."
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 16, 2020
DeChambeau leads the tour in average driving distance and made a run on Sunday in Fort Worth before coming up just short of his sixth PGA Tour win. He’ll be back in the mix this weekend and should get plenty of attention going off the board at 16-1.
In a normal calendar year, RBC Heritage would be a tournament that a lot of the top players in the world would skip but 2020 is providing us with some unique circumstances. Once again some of the best players in the world will be playing and it will make the tournament fun to watch.
The top six golfers in the world (Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed) are each playing for the second week in row and will be looking to finish better than they did last weekend. DJ and Rahm are fresh off of a missed cut while Rory and Koepka were non-factors on Sunday.
These golfers will get most of the attention early in the weekend and odds tell us that the winner could come from this group after each fell short in their efforts last week.
Similar to Colonial, Harbour Town is a pretty short golf course when it comes to PGA Tour tournaments at 7,100 yards. With plenty of water present thanks to Hilton Head beach, there will be some majestic views. Due to the shortness of the course driving length, accuracy could play a big role.
Jason Kokrak ranks seventh on the tour in average driving distance and is fresh off a top-five finish last weekend. Before that, the Canadian had a top-20 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He enters this weekend swinging a hot stick and at 90-1, you could get some favorable make-the-cut and top-20 odds on the 35-year-old who drops hellacious seeds.
Can Xander Bounce Back?
Xander Schauffele has made quite the name for himself recently by recording four PGA Tour wins since 2017 and climbing into the top-10 of the World Golf Rankings. The California native and 26-year-old is a future star who owns runner-up finishes in both The Masters and U.S. Open. He’s about to break through, but there have been some setbacks.
Xander Schauffele horseshoes a 3 footer after nailing two 30 footers in a row.
— Barstool Sports (@BarstoolsTweets) June 14, 2020
Schauffele has owned a couple of 54-hole leads heading into Sunday, but hasn’t been able to finish on top. Last week was very similar as he let another tournament win slip through his fingers. He’ll be looking to bounce back this week and enters the tournament with 22-1 odds.
I love this course for Xander Schauffele because his accuracy gets him onto the green and he usually makes it count when he gets there. However, it’s hard to go back to him after seeing a bit of a meltdown on Sunday with a splash in the water and a missed 3-footer on the back-nine. So, where else should we look?
This weekend, I’m staying away from the big guns and going with two overseas players making their return after the quarantine. England’s Tyrrell Hatton ranks in the top-10 in greens hit in regulation in addition to being in the ballpark with shots off the tee. He converts on the green with a top-five birdie average. At 60-1, there is heavy value on this top-20 golfer.
Hideki Matsuyama also makes his return this week and is further up the leaderboard at 30-1. The 28-year-old from Japan is a big-time ball striker who gets to the green quickly and can cash in with birdies and eagles. He’s due for a win on the tour and could be a sneaky player to monitor this weekend.