2017 RBC Heritage Predictions

Who will win the 2017 RBC Heritage? Our research staff provides previews and predictions. This championship takes place a week after the Masters golf tournament. The 2017 RBC Heritage is scheduled for April 13-16 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

🚩Announcement

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⛳Preview

The Favorites

Jim Furyk
Best Result: Win (2010 & 2015)
Driving Accuracy: 5th
SG Putting: 16th
Outlook: With two titles and at least six other top-10s, Furyk is among the most successful players at the Heritage. His accuracy off the tee and strong putting make him a perennial contender at the Pete Dye's course.

Matt Kuchar 
Best Result: Win (2014)
SG Around the Green: 19th
SG Putting: 56th
Outlook: Kuchar is coming off a T4 at the Masters where he recorded a 67 in the final round. He has six top-25s in 11 starts this season. Although he has not won on tour since 2014, his last victory actually came at the Heritage.

Brandt Snedeker
Best Result: Win (2011)
Scrambling: 44th
SG Putting: 37th
Outlook: Small greens with subtle breaks are a trademark of Harbour Town Golf Links. Many of the past champions here are known for their putting prowess and Snedeker is not an exception. The 2011 winner has fared decently in his last four PGA Tour starts, with his best finish a T7 at WGC Mexico.

The Contenders

Adam Hadwin
Best Result: T30 (2016)
SG Tee to Green: 36th
SG Putting: 7th
Outlook: The Canadian is enjoying a break-out season. He won the Valspar three weeks ago, finished sixth at the Arnold Palmer and T36 on his Masters debut. Statistics suggest his game is a good fit for all kinds of golf course. He ranks 36th in tee to green and 7th in putting. Although his record here is only average, he is not the same player (at least in term of confidence) as he was before this season.

Bill Haas
Best Result: T14 (2016)
Scrambling: 3rd
SG Tee to Green: 17th
Outlook: The 2011 FedEx champion has made numerous starts at the Heritage, but his best finish is only a T14 (2016). However, his season's stats suggest he might be in for a career best this week. He currently ranks 17th in SG Tee to Green and third in scrambling, both of which are important metrics on this course.

Charley Hoffman
Best Result: T6 (2013)
GIR: 128th
Scrambling: 196th
Outlook: Hoffman has played well in his last three starts. He was a runner-up at the Arnold Palmer and contended at the Masters. However, he is a known streaky player. The San Diego native posted six top-25s this season but also had six missed cuts. This is why his season's stats are neither indicative of his current form nor his future form.

Russell Henley
Best Result: T6 (2013)
SG Tee to Green: 32nd
SG Putting: 6th
Outlook: Henley is one of the most in-form players in the field. He won two weeks ago and finished T11 at the Masters. Moreover, his game fits the profile of someone who would play well here. He is accurate off the tee and is an excellent putter. However, this would be his third start in three weeks. Fatigue could be a factor.

Tyrrell Hatton
Best Result: Debut
SG Putting: 1st
Driving Accuracy: 77th
Outlook: The Englishman is the highest ranked player in this field (OWGR). Although his streak of good play ended with a missed cut at the Masters, he remains a potent force. Hatton recorded 12 straight top-25 finishes worldwide from October of last year through the WGC Match Play. His biggest strengths are short game and putting which will serve him well on this course.

Dark Horses

Luke Donald
Best Result: 2nd (2009, 2011, 2014, 2016)
SG Putting: 8th
GIR: 155th
Outlook: Donald is the best player to not have won the Heritage. He finished runner-up four times and had two other top-5 finishes. This is truly a remarkable record. His form has diminished in recent years but he still managed to finish T2 last year. He is a safe pick for a good performance at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Kevin Na
Best Result: T4 (2016)
SG Approach the Green: 43rd
Scrambling: 64th
Outlook: Na's strong short game and putting are a good fit for this course. He has five top-25s at the Heritage including three top-10s.

🏆Predictions

Winner: Matt Kuchar. The Harbour Town Golf Links is an old-style golf course with tight fairways and small greens. When winds are a factor, the winning score is generally 10 under par or higher. When the winds are not a factor, it could get as low as 20 under par. The winds are forecast to be benign this week. Kuchar certainly knows how to play this course having won here in 2014. He also has six other top-25 finishes. Although he has not won on tour since 2014, his last victory actually came at the Heritage. I think this is the week Kuchar will rejoin the winner's circle. The 7-time PGA Tour winner is coming off a T4 at the Masters, where he shot a 67 and recorded an ace in the final round. His superb performance at the Augusta National should give him the confidence boost he needs to win for the first time in three years.

Top 10 Finish: Jim Furyk. With the exception of 52-year-old David Love III (who won this title five times), Furyk can be considered the most successful active player at the Heritage. He won the title twice and recorded at least six other top-10 finishes. This means he has finished in the top 10 more than 50 percent of his starts here. His success here is not accidental, as he is one of the most accurate players off the tee and his putting has always been solid. Furyk is a good pick for a hedge play.