RBC Heritage Winner

Whether you've punted the winner or not the annual jaunt to Augusta can leave you feeling a little underwhelmed when there's an easy victor. Scheffler was in control a long way from home and even the odd error saw him in no grave danger of losing his hold on the green jacket. Rory gave the viewers a lot of excitement and had he managed to hole a few putts earlier in the week it may have been a different outcome.

The Heritage takes centre stage this week and it is always welcome from a punting perspective. The average drive here measures between 260-270 yards so length isn't any advantage at all around Harbour Town. Instead with the small greens scrambling becomes quite important.

Four of the top six in Scrambling in the 2020 renewal finished inside the top 10 overall. The top three in scrambling in 2019 all finished inside the top six on Sunday. Wesley Bryan topped the Scrambling stat here in 2017 when winning the event and Grace was third in 2016 having finished first in scrambling.

Overall you can compete without putting well but from tee to green you need to be neat and tidy in order to score well. The best ball strikers will come to the forefront here but with the inevitable missed greens all week long a solid scrambling game is important.

Sungjae Im at 33/1 (Eight Places)

Sungjae Im showed for the second occasion at Augusta now and after a relatively quiet start to the calendar year got himself back on the map in style at the year's first major. The Korean is a special talent who looks overpriced to land the prize here this week at Harbour Town. He finished 13th last year after three rounds in the 60s which included a second round of 65. A final round 72 saw him fall a few spots but it was always going to be a tough task reigning in Stewart Cink last year.

Last week he showed significant improvement from the tee which was welcome as I had pointed out earlier in the year the few yards distance he had gained this season and I expected at some point for it to pay dividends. Course form often holds here also so last years effort was a good sign he can maintain that. Didn't go off a whole lot bigger than 40s last week so the 33-40 available with the books as of now is surely worth investing in.

1.5pts each-way S.Im 33/1 (1/5 8)

Sungjae Im - 1.5pts e/w @ 33/1

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Henrik Norlander at 300/1 (Eight Places)

Henrik Norlander enjoyed a miserable run of six missed cuts on the trot from the Farmers through to the Valspar before finally making the weekend at Texas last time out. That may just inspire confidence in someone who has been struggling for a long time on and around the greens. His game has improved recently though getting better each of the last five weeks around the greens.

On the greens, he had a horror show at Texas but managed to make the weekend simply because of his ball-striking finishing sixth off the tee and seventh on approach. Had he managed an average week on the greens he would have seen a much better result than his 53rd.

He missed the cut here last year but his long game was struggling badly, whilst this time around it is a different story. Second and fifth at the RSM and ninth at Sony show the Swede can perform on these technical tracks. An improvement in short game will no doubt be needed, but he is playing well enough off the tee and approach to make a mockery of the 400/1 quotes. 

1pt each-way H.Norlander 300/1 (1/5 8)

Hnerik Norlander - 1pt e/w @ 300/1

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Harold Varner III at 55/1 (Eight Places)

Harold Varner has improved as a golfer tremendously well these last few months and now sits at a career-high ranking of 39th in the world. This comes after his win in Saudi where he beat a field of similar strength and then performed admirably since. Sixth at Sawgrass added to his seventh-placed spot there in 2017 and that backed up the thinking that Varner performs well more than once on courses he likes.

He finished second at Royal Pines in the Australian PGA in 2015 before winning it at the same venue the following year. Third at Liberty National in the Northern Trust in 2019 was followed up by 11th at the same venue the next time the event was played at that track in 2021. I'm hoping a similar trend materialises having finished second here at Harbour Town last year behind Stewart Cink.

He performed extremely well at the Masters finishing inside the top 25 despite a horror third round of 80 last Saturday. He bounced back well with a 3 under par 69 on Sunday ranking seventh from tee to green on the final day. He has improved his game dramatically in the last few months and I believe another win may be around the corner.

1pt each-way H.Varner III 55/1 (1/5 8)

Harold Varner III - 1pt e/w @ 55/1

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Dylan Frittelli at 90/1 (Eight Places)

Dylan Frittelli finished eighth here two years ago starting with a 65 and finishing with a 62 so I'm surprised to see the general 90/1 out there for someone performing quite well recently. The South African was well backed around similar prices at Texas and although this field is much stronger than that he holds all the credentials to go well.

His success thus far has been largely based on a spectacular game around the greens and that is always a key statistic around Harbour Town with the inevitable pressure on that part of the game because the greens are difficult to hit. The course may get firmer as the week goes on also which will suit Frittelli.

He may find the odd bit of trouble around this track with some errant driving but he has hit the ball better off the tee in his last couple of outings and if he performs with the short game like the way we know he can he could make the frame again just like he did in Texas. 

1pt each-way D.Frittelli  90/1 (1/5 8)

Dylan Frittelli - 1pt e/w @ 90/1

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Davis Riley at 125/1 (Eight Places)

This looks like a perfect opportunity for all-rounder Davis Riley to go one better than what he did a few weeks when being edged out by Sam Burns in a playoff at the Valspar. It is no surprise his career-best performance came on a technical track like Copperhead. The 25-year-old is strong in all departments which is a prerequisite for Harbour Town and although being a debutant here that didn't stop him a few weeks ago when the same applied in Florida.

Seventh at Bermuda and 20th at the Sony are two other solid results on his rookie season and given Wes Bryan and Satoshi Kodaira won this on their first visits here, it surely can't be beyond Riley. Another solid effort came in Texas where he performed well through the bag bar the putter where he ranked 70th in the field for the 72 making the cut. Any upturn on the greens could easily see him compete again and any triple-figure quotes are a shade big.

0.75pt each-way D.Riley 125/1 (1/5 8)

Davis Riley - 0.75pts e/w @ 125/1

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JJ Spaun at 100/1 (Eight Places)

It may seem implausible for JJ Spaun to win twice in the space of three weeks but I can't help but feel his chances have been slightly underestimated by the books this week. He showed remarkable composure when fighting off numerous opponents in Texas when gaining his maiden victory on the PGA Tour. He played similar golf at Augusta last week on route to a top 25 finish which could have been a shade better if anything having stumbled late on Saturday evening.

He played extremely well through the bag at Augusta and has certainly hit a purple patch in his career. He finished sixth here at Harbour Town back in 2017 and given his runner up at Sea Island and third-placed finish at Mayakoba it seems these technical, coastal tracks suit the 31-year-old.

It may be a tall order to go again but he displayed a calmness when winning in Texas that suggests another win is well within his reach. Scott Stallings would have been next on the staking plan but we'll stick with six this week.

0.75pt each-way JJ Spaun 100/1 (1/5 8)

JJ Spaun - 0.75pts e/w @ 100/1