Where some will be waiting for the Easter Bunny to deliver on Sunday, we’ll be putting our eggs in another mythological creature’s basket at the RBC Heritage.
Doc’s Top 5 Each Way Bets
Patrick Cantlay 22/1
Found himself up with the leaders on the back nine Sunday but unfortunately couldn’t handle the pressure cooker. Still a T9 was creditable and along with T6 in Mexico and five other top-20’s already this season, Cantlay is a model of consistency. Hilton Head rewards good putters and this guy is one of the best. T7 and T3 in his two appearances at the event.
Jordan Spieth 25/1
Hasn’t played here since 2015 but a T11, T12, T9 formline from then back suggests he enjoys it here. Will have taken great confidence from following an opening 75 at Augusta with 68, 69, 71. This could be a pivotal week in his reemergence as a force coming into the meat of the season.
Si Woo Kim 40/1
Satoshi Kodaira won this tournament in 2018 with Si Woo Kim solo second and after a T21 at Augusta, Kim’s primed to go well again. T4 in Texas, solo 3rd at the Genesis and T4 at Pebble Beach, my stats say a win is coming and this is the most likely place.
Webb Simpson 28/1
One of three players to shoot a 64 in the third round of The Masters and you get the feeling that Webb Simpson’s game has shifted up an octave to the level which saw him bag his US Open title in 2012. T5 and T11 at Hilton Head over the past two years and the Raleigh resident knows there’s a win to be had for him this week.
Jim Furyk 33/1
Wasn’t in the Masters field, thus rested and ready. Showed with a solo 2nd at The Players that he’s back focusing on his career after the demanding Ryder Cup captaincy. Twice a winner on this par-71 which should suit him perfectly.
Long Odds Glory
Luke Donald 80/1
Not the force he once was and never a winner at Hilton Head but Luke Donald must have made more money than anyone at the venue in his career. I make it seven top-3 finishes from 13 starts, most recently solo 2nd in 2017. Still a top-class putter on his day and was T9 at the Valspar.