2023 RBC Heritage Picks, Odds: Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, More Bets

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  • Matt Vincenzi has four players on his outright betting card for the 2023 RBC Heritage.
  • Hilton Head will host an elite field this week, with the tournament now serving as an elevated event.
  • Check out Vincenzi's RBC Heritage picks below.
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Jon Rahm+750
Scottie Scheffler+750
Patrick Cantlay+1200
Collin Morikawa+1800
Cameron Young+2000
Jordan Spieth+2000

Viktor Hovland+2200
Justin Thomas+2500
Max Homa+2500
Tony Finau+2500
Xander Schauffele+2500
Matt Fitzpatrick+2800
Shane Lowry+3000
Sungjae Im+3000
Sam Burns+3500
Tom Kim+3500
Matt Kuchar+4000
Corey Conners+4500
Tyrrell Hatton+4500
Russell Henley+5000
Sahith Theegala+5000

Justin Rose+5500
Rickie Fowler+5500
Tommy Fleetwood+5500
Min Woo Lee+6600
J.T Poston+8000
Keegan Bradley+8000
Si Woo Kim+8000
Chris Kirk+8000
Seamus Power+8000
Gary Woodland+10000
Keith Mitchell+10000
Taylor Montgomery+10000
Tom Hoge+10000
Webb Simpson+10000
Wyndham Clark+10000

Adam Hadwin+12500
Adam Scott+12500
Billy Horschel+12500
Brian Harman+12500
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+12500
Denny McCarthy+12500
Harris English+12500
Joel Dahmen+12500
Kurt Kitayama+12500
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+12500
Lucas Herbert+12500
Maverick McNealy+12500
Ryan Fox+12500
Sepp Straka+12500
Taylor Moore+12500
Ben Martin+15000
Cam Davis+15000
J.J. Spaun+15000
Justin Suh+15000
Matt Wallace+15000
Sam Ryder+15000
Sam Stevens+15000

Aaron Rai+20000
Adam Svensson+20000
Akshay Bhatia+20000
Andrew Putnam+20000
Brendon Todd+20000
Danny Willett+20000
Davis Riley+20000
Mackenzie Hughes+20000
Michael Thompson+20000
Nick Taylor+20000
Patrick Rodgers+20000
Scott Stallings+20000
Stephan Jaeger+20000
Taylor Pendrith+20000
Thomas Detry+20000
Tyler Duncan+20000
Adam Schenk+25000
Alex Smalley+25000
Ben Griffin+25000
Davis Thompson+25000
Emiliano Grillo+25000
Erik van Rooyen+25000
Lee Hodges+25000
Scott Piercy+25000
Beau Hossler+30000
Brandon Wu+30000
C.T. Pan+30000
Hayden Buckley+30000
Kevin Streelman+30000
Lanto Griffin+30000
Luke List+30000
Nick Hardy+30000
Ryan Palmer+30000

Ben Taylor+40000
David Lipsky+40000
Doug Ghim+40000
Garrick Higgo+40000
Kevin Kisner+40000
Lucas Glover+40000
Mark Hubbard+40000
Matthew NeSmith+40000
Patton Kizzire+40000
Peter Malnati+40000
Stewart Cink+40000
Trey Mullinax+40000
Zach Johnson+40000
Adam Long+50000
Austin Smotherman+50000
Cameron Champ+50000
Chad Ramey+50000
Chesson Hadley+50000
Chez Reavie+50000
Dylan Frittelli+50000
Kramer Hickok+50000
Luke Donald+50000
Martin Laird+50000
Matthias Schwab+50000
Nate Lashley+50000
Nico Echavarria+50000
Russell Knox+50000
Ryan Moore+50000
Troy Merritt+50000

Callum Tarren+75000
Carson Young+75000
Doc Redman+75000
Greyson Sigg+75000
Jimmy Walker+75000
Justin Lower+75000
Richy Werenski+75000
Satoshi Kodaira+75000
Andrew Landry+100000
Ernie Els+100000
James Hahn+100000
Jason Dufner+100000
Jim Furyk+100000
Kevin Tway+100000
Max McGreevy+100000
Wesley Bryan+100000
Brian Gay+150000
Davis Love III+150000
Jim Herman+150000
Kelly Kraft+150000
Robert Streb+150000
Ryan Brehm+150000
Tommy Gibson+150000

Just a two-hour drive from Augusta National, the PGA TOUR heads to Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where we'll make our 2023 RBC Heritage picks. Hilton Head Island is a golfer's paradise and Harbour Town is one of the most beautiful and scenic courses on the PGA TOUR.

Harbour Town Golf Links is a par-71 that measures 7,121 yards and features Bermuda grass greens. A Pete Dye design, the course is heavily tree lined and features small greens and many dog legs, protecting it from "bomb-and-gauge" type golfers.

The field is loaded this week with 132 golfers. While last year was quite possibly the best field in RBC Heritage history, the event will take another big leap forward in 2023. This week's tournament is yet another designated event, meaning there is a $20 million prize pool.

With golfers only able to skip one designated event per season, all the big names are in attendance other than Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Will Zalatoris, who announced on Monday that he will miss the rest of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.

Past Winners at Harbour Town

  • 2022: Jordan Spieth (-13)
  • 2021: Stewart Cink (-19)
  • 2020: Webb Simpson (-22)
  • 2019: CT Pan (-12)
  • 2018: Sotoshi Kodaira (-12)
  • 2017: Wesley Bryan (-13)
  • 2016: Branden Grace (-9)
  • 2015: Jim Furyk (-18)
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5 Key Stats For Harbour Town

Let's take a look at five metrics key for Harbour Town Golf Links to determine which golfers boast top marks in each category over their past 24 rounds.

1. Strokes Gained: Approach

Strokes Gained: Approach is exceedingly important this week. The greens at Harbour Town are about half the size of PGA TOUR average and feature the second-smallest greens on the tour. Typical of a Pete Dye design, golfers will pay the price for missed greens.

Total SG: Approach Over Past 24 Rounds

  1. Tom Hoge (+28.9)
  2. Max Homa (+27.6)
  3. Tony Finau (+25.3)
  4. Scottie Scheffler (+25.2)
  5. Collin Morikawa (+24.9)

2. Fairways Gained

The fairways at Harbour Town are tree lined and feature many dog legs. Bombers tend to struggle at the course because it forces layups and doesn't allow long drivers to overpower it. Accuracy is far more important than power.

Fairways Gained Over Past 24 Rounds

  1. Russell Henley (+45.6)
  2. Collin Morikawa (+42.1)
  3. Adam Long (+39.9)
  4. Tyler Duncan (+38.8)
  5. Tom Kim (+38.5)

3. Strokes Gained: Total at Pete Dye Designs

Pete Dye specialists tend to play very well at Harbour Town. Si Woo Kim, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk and Webb Simpson are all Pete Dye specialists who have had great success here. It is likely we see some more specialists near the top of the leaderboard this week.

SG: TOT Pete Dye per round over past 24 rounds:

  1. Shane Lowry (+2.0)
  2. Corey Conners (+1.8)
  3. Scottie Scheffler (+1.8)
  4. Tyrrell Hatton (+1.7)
  5. Sungjae Im (+1.7)

4. Strokes Gained: Short Game (Bermuda)

Strokes Gained: Short Game factors in both around the green and putting. With many green-side bunkers and tricky green complexes, both statistics will be important. Past winners — such as Jim Furyk, Wes Bryan and Webb Simpson — highlight how crucial the short game skill set is around Harbour Town.

SG: SG Over Past 24 Rounds

  1. Maverick McNealy (+36.1)
  2. Jon Rahm (+33.8)
  3. Sam Burns (+31.1)
  4. Tommy Fleetwood (+29.7)
  5. Ben Griffin (+28.7)

5. Greens in Regulation Gained

The recipe for success at Harbour Town Golf Links is hitting fairways and greens. Missing either will prove to be consequential — golfers must be in total control of the ball to win.

Greens in Regulation: Gained over past 24 rounds

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+35.8)
  2. Stephan Jaeger (+29.9)
  3. Jon Rahm (+28.9)
  4. Corey Conners (+28.5)
  5. Tony Finau (+28.5)

The RBC Heritage Model Rankings

Below, I've compiled overall model rankings using a combination of the five key statistical categories previously discussed — SG: Approach (26%), Fairways Gained (20%), SG: SG (18%), SG: Pete Dye (18%) and GIR Gained (18%)

  1. Scottie Scheffler
  2. Tyrrell Hatton
  3. Tony Finau
  4. Jon Rahm
  5. Sungjae Im
  6. Max Homa
  7. Collin Morikawa
  8. Matt Kuchar
  9. Justin Rose
  10. Sepp Straka

2023 RBC Heritage Picks

Collin Morikawa (+1800) (FanDuel / DraftKings)

It’s been a strange 2023 for Collin Morikawa. In his seven-stroke play starts, he’s had five finishes in the top 13, with two missed cuts to go along with them. While the results are encouraging, he hasn’t truly been deep into contention since the season opener at Kapalua, where he unfortunately coughed up a big lead on the back nine on Sunday. 

Over the years, players who’ve gotten deep into contention at the Masters have struggled to convert a win at the RBC Heritage the following week. This year’s Masters was truly a grind, with players playing up to 30 holes on Sunday — not to mention they battled rain and wind most of the week. Therefore, this week I prefer players who didn’t spend the mental and physical energy it takes to contend deep into a major championship. Morikawa fits the bill as a player who showed signs of sharp play but never was really in the mix. 

Morikawa’s past two starts at the event have resulted in a seventh-place finish in 2021 and a 26th-place finish last year. In those two starts, the two-time major champion gained 7.6 and 7.1 strokes, respectively, on approach. If the short game cooperates, which is always a risky proposition for Morikawa, Harbour Town feels like the right spot for the 26-year-old to get his first win of the year. 

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Justin Thomas (+2800) (DraftKings)

Last week was a major disappointment for Justin Thomas. He surely expected to have a strong showing at the Masters; instead, he got caught in some bad weather early Saturday and bogeyed three of his last four holes to miss the cut by one shot.

While I’m sure it’s not a consolation to him, the missed cut is probably a good thing for his chances this week. Thomas feels a lot like Jordan Spieth, who unexpectedly missed the cut at the Masters last year only to win at Harbour Town. In fact, six of the past 10 winners of the RBC Heritage have missed the cut at the Masters.

It hasn’t been a great year for Thomas, but as we’ve learned in the past, any time the two-time major winner slips to this range on the betting board (2018 Bridgestone Invitational comes to mind), it’s a good idea to buy low. 

While a good deal of his competitors were battling at Augusta National all weekend, Thomas had the opportunity to rest and refocus to get his game where it needs to be. He should be highly motivated to bounce back with a victory. 

Matt Fitzpatrick (+2800) (DraftKings)

Matt Fitzpatrick’s year started off with a bulging disc in his neck, which caused him to miss 4-of-8 cuts in 2023. However, recent results seem to indicate that he’s healthy once again. Fitzpatrick went 2-1 at WGC Dell Match Play and followed that up with a solid showing at Augusta National. He finished in a tie for 10th and gained 4.16 strokes on approach. 

The Englishman showed he can compete in the strongest of fields by winning the 2022 U.S. Open at a course he was extremely comfortable at. Fitzpatrick should be comfortable at Harbour Town as well — he’s said in the past that it’s his favorite course in the world. He’s finished in the top-15 in three of his last five trips to the course, and he is rounding into form at the right time to challenge for his first plaid jacket. 

Shane Lowry (+3000) (DraftKings)

In the spirit of transparency, I bet on Shane Lowry at +4000 when the odds came out on Monday morning, but the price has been bet down a fair amount. Given the reasons why I like him this week, that makes some sense. 

Harbour Town is most definitely one of Lowry’s favorite courses on the PGA Tour. In his past four starts there, he’s finished in the top 10 three times, including third twice. It was also encouraging to see the Irishman finish third here last year despite getting deep into contention at the Masters the previous week. 

Lowry has been playing good golf, and he had another strong showing at the Masters with a 16th-place finish. His approach play has been excellent, but he’s been held back by his putter. Taking an optimistic approach, the former Open Champion has never lost strokes putting at Harbour Town, so there may be something about these greens he finds appealing. 

Lowry is one of the best players in the world on Pete Dye designs, and he should be able to take advantage of a week where some of the top players may have withdrawn or are lacking motivation.

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