As the final group teed off Sunday at the Masters, the green jacket was Brooks Koepka’s to lose, but as we know now, anything can happen over 30 holes.
Jon Rahm chipped away at Koepka’s four-stroke lead, cutting it to two by the start of the final round. Ultimately, Rahm solidified his status as the best in the world and cleared the field by four strokes, donning the green jacket for the first time. This is Rahm’s second leg of the career grand slam, fourth win of the season and 11th of his career.
This week feels like it should be a nice relaxing weekend for golf but the PGA decided otherwise when elevating this week’s event. It will be the same faces, sans LIV Tour, same high stakes but with an even higher purse than the Masters. The Tour is heading to Hilton Head for the second and final trip to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Links.
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2023 RBC Heritage
April 13-16, 2023
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, SC
FedExCup Points: 500
Defending Champ: Jordan Spieth
The RBC Heritage has been played since 1969 and was recently added to the PGA Tour’s elevated list, meaning more commitments from the best players and larger purses. The tournament is a 72 hole, stroke play, and back to the normal cut to the top 65 players and ties after 36.
This week’s weather, much like last, is going to give the golfers a little bit of everything. The forecast is predicting sunny skies Thursday and Saturday and calling for rain Friday morning and Sunday afternoon. The wind typically gives golfers everything it can on the island course and temperatures will peak in the upper 70s to the low 80s.
What Course is the RBC Heritage Held At?
Harbour Town Golf Links has hosted the RBC Heritage in every year it has been played. The course was designed by renowned golf architect, Pete Dye, along with help from golf legend, Jack Nicklaus. Like with many Pete Dye designed courses, golfers will not be able to grip and rip around the course and will need more strategy around the tight fairways and some of the smallest greens on tour guarded by water hazards and bunkers.
The course is on the shorter side, measuring in at 7,191 yards, par 71 but what it lacks in distance it makes up for in its challenging design and hazards. Players will need a high level of shot making ability to set up second shots into the greens and avoid overhanging oaks and pines lining the holes. Length off the tee will take a backseat to shot making this week.
How To Watch the RBC Heritage
Thursday: 2:00-6:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Friday: 2:00-6:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Saturday: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Golf Channel; 3:00-6:00 p.m. CBS
Sunday: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Golf Channel; 3:00-6:00 p.m. CBS
How To Listen To the RBC Heritage
Thursday: 12:00-6:00 p.m. Sirius XM
Friday: 12:00-6:00 p.m. Sirius XM
Saturday: 1:00-6:00 p.m. Sirius XM
Sunday: 1:00-6:00 p.m. Sirius XM
Payouts for the 2023 RBC Heritage
The total purse of the 2023 RBC Heritage is $20,000,000, an increase of $2,000,000 from last week’s Masters and over double the original purse announced when this season’s schedule was released. The winner receives 500 FedEx Cup points, and a minimum of 24 Official World Golf Ranking points — additional Official World Golf Ranking points can be added based on the tournament’s strength of field. The champion also receives a two season exemption on the PGA Tour, as well as inclusion to the 2024 Masters, 2023 PGA Championship, and the 2024 Sentry Tournament of Champions.
How many Golfers are in the 2023 RBC Heritage?
The RBC Heritage field is set at 132 golfers but will exceed that number with exemptions and current money list. Typically we see a talent dropoff this week with golfers opting to have a week off after the Masters but the newly elevated event means little to no drop — nine of the top 10 and 41 of the top 50 Official World Golf Ranking players are teeing it up this week.
Who has the Best Odds of Winning the 2023 RBC Heritage?
Current favorites to win the 2023 RBC Heritage are the last 2 Masters champions, Scottie Scheffler (+750) and Jon Rahm (+850) followed by 2021 FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay (+1200).
RBC Heritage Past Winner
2022 Jordan Spieth (-13)
2021 Stewart Cink (-19)
2020 Webb Simpson (-22)
2019 CT Pan (-12)
2018 Satoshi Kodaira (-12)
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2023 RBC Heritage Pick: Patrick Cantlay Tournament Winner | +1200 at BetMGM
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Patrick Cantlay quietly played his way to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Rankings thanks to seven top 25 finishes in the nine tournaments he has played this season. He is due for a win and in the five times has played this tournament, he has three top 3 finishes and a 7th place finish.
This course and Collin Morikawa’s ability seemingly go together better than any other player on tour. He is in the top 2 of Strokes Gained: Driving Accuracy and Approach to Green. He will need to putt well to be able to win but there is not as big an emphasis on putting this week with the size of the greens as small as they are. He is not the longest hitter but will not need to be at this course where shot placement will trump distance.
Tony Finau has finished in the top 25 in nine of his 11 starts and won in November. He is currently in the top 5 of Strokes Gained: Putting, Tee to Green, and Total, all of which will be key factors to winning this week.
This will be Scottie’s debut trip to the RBC Heritage so I am not sure he will be taking home the elusive plaid jacket, but he finished T10 at the Masters and plays well just about anywhere he tees it up.
Homa is currently top 5 in Strokes Gained: Approach to Green, which will be the primary stat to watch this week. He has also played as consistently as anyone on tour, with nine top 25 finishes and two wins in the 11 events he has played this season.
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