After the excitement of Augusta, attention turns to Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina for this week’s RBC Heritage.
The scenic stretch of coastline has seen the likes of Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker win the tournament over the last decade but it was the unheralded Satoshi Kodaira who triumphed 12 months ago in a play-off.
Kodaira defeated Kim Si-woo for his, to date, sole PGA Tour title and is 150/1 to defend but of the two, the man he beat 12 months ago might be worth more of a look. Kim emerged from a slump to finish T4 in Texas and his 33/1 looks good after an encouraging weekend at Augusta saw him sneak a T21.
Local boy Dustin Johnson arrives at Harbour Town fresh from a tie for second in the opening major of the year and will be keen to put on a show having finished T16 12 months ago. Pricing him at 15/2 may have something to do with him being a bit of a hometown hero and he will be pushed by plenty of talent in what is a decent field considering the significance of last week’s tournament.
Francesco Molinari will certainly fancy this week after two trips to the water on the back nine on Sunday at Augusta arguably cost him the Green Jacket.
This is his fifth trip to the tournament but his form has been on a different wave over the last 12 months and it would be no surprise if he filed his recent heartache away with a victory at 14/1.
The likes of Bryson DeChambeau, who was T3 12 months ago, has to appeal at 18/1 but there could be value elsewhere and Webb Simpson is 25/1 having recorded five top 15s here since 2010.
However, there is real each-way value in Branden Grace and Luke Donald. Champion three years ago and 50/1 punt Grace played some nice golf but lacked consistency at Augusta but can be streaky and will head back to South Carolina with a smile on his face.
Donald meanwhile has recorded five seconds and two thirds at this event and could be there or thereabouts again over the weekend after a recent T9 at the Valspar.