PGA Tour: Bryson to tame Harbour Town…

It’s the turn of South Carolina to entertain the PGA Tour this week, as Harbour Town Golf Links hosts the RBC Heritage.

Traditionally one of the shortest courses on the PGA Tour, Harbour Town requires accuracy rather than power off the tee and tends to be a second shot course.

This event comes just after the first major of the year, the US Masters, and so is missing a number of the game’s elite. We’re going to focus on players that either missed the Masters or were not in the heat of battle on the final day and could thus be mentally tired.

The world no. 1 Dustin Johnson plays, but the course doesn’t suit, he was involved last Sunday and we think he’s only really here because he shares sponsors with the tournament.

Instead we’ll side with Bryson DeChambeau. He started the Masters well, but dropped out of contention before the final round. That said, he would have enjoyed his hole-in-one at the 16th on Sunday. He has two top five finishes in the last three years here and missed last year’s playoff by one shot.

Golfers that didn’t play at Augusta that should be considered for this event include Jim Furyk, Luke Donald and Ryan Moore.

But our second selection is Matthew Fitzpatrick. He had a disastrous start to his Masters campaign, shooting a first round 78, but rebounded strongly to finish just outside the top 20. He is currently benefitting from experienced caddie Billy Foster on his bag, and we think he will go close this week.

Recommendations:

DeChambeau to win, 1 pt, at 18/1, widely available

Fitzpatrick 0.5 pts each way at 33/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, SkyBet

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