April 16th, 2019

RBC Heritage Preview:

 

The golfing world has gone into pandemonium as Tiger rolled back the years to claim his 15th major.

No doubt Woods is a popular winner, his success is fantastic for golf. It brings golf to a wider audience and provides us with compelling storylines for the rest of his career. What’s next for the great man? Can he pick up another major in 2019?  Is Jack’s major record in danger? Only time will tell.

Plenty of the Masters field have taken the short journey down to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. We are set for an interesting event as the field try and get over their Masters hangover with a big performance this week.

 

Our Contenders:

 

Jordan Spieth 20/1 EW

 

For me, Spieth is ready to turn a corner. The idea of Spieth being 20/1 for a tournament a couple of years ago was laughable.

“If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”. The American suffered from his quest for perfection. He was tinkering with the mechanics of his game and it caused problems; his long game and putting definitely suffered.

However, this is a 3-time major champion we are talking about. He is destined to recapture his form and the RBC Heritage looks an ideal venue for him to do so.

Jordan has performed well at shorter tracks in the past. He plays with strategy and copes well on fiddly courses. In addition, he plays well by the coast – winning multiple times at coastal venues.

He seems to be finding his feel and confidence on the green and this is vital for Spieth’s game – when he is rolling the ball well he is a consistent feature at the top of leaderboards.

At Augusta, a nervous first round derailed his challenge but thereafter he performed well. In fact, it was his best week for Greens in Regulation since last August.

He is still under the radar and underestimated by the market, Spieth is ready to get back in the winner’s circle this week.

 

Ian Poulter 33/1 EW

 

Poults is back where he belongs as one of the best competitors in golf. His Masters campaign was very encouraging as he went toe to toe with Tiger on Saturday before a poor back nine on Sunday saw him finish 12th.

His game is in fantastic shape, he finished second for greens in regulation last week and was granite over his short putts. There is no doubt Poulter is capable of winning this weekend.

Poulter and the RBC Heritage have a good history. The Englishman arrived here two years ago knowing a top 5 finish would retain his tour card. He battled valiantly only to fade on Sunday. He managed to keep his card with a second at Pebble Beach.

Poulter is a player who has proven some of his best golf can come when he needs it most. His record here is encouraging finishing in T12th two years ago and following it up with a T7th last year.

He is trending in the right direction and will fancy his chances of a big performance.