PGA Tour golf odds: RBC Heritage

After one of the most exciting Masters in years ended with an Adam Scott victory in a playoff — Scott become the first Aussie to win a green jacket — the moves a bit north this week for the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island. A field of 144 players will tackle Harbour Town Golf Links, where driving distance is almost irrelevant on the short course and a strong emphasis is placed upon the ability to accurately shape approach shots.

Narrow fairways and small greens combine to create a strategic challenge, requiring well-positioned shots to create birdie opportunities. Harbour Town ranks inside the top-10 shortest in average driving distance every year; it was fourth in 2012 at 277.8 yards. Meanwhile, last year’s fairways-hit percentage of 64.94 was its lowest in recorded history (since data was first archived in 1992). In recent years, six of the last seven Heritage champions have taken less than 104 putts for the week (an average of 26 putts per round), with the lone exception coming when Boo Weekley won in 2008 despite taking 107 putts.

Former world No.1 Luke Donald and Brandt Snedeker, combatants in a 2011 playoff won by Snedeker, join defending champion Carl Pettersson in a field that gathers 10 of the top 25 in the world rankings.

Snedeker is the +1200 WagerWeb.com favorite. He has that win in this tournament two years ago and finished T-17 in his title defense last year. Sunday at the Masters, he finished T-6. He’s been out of the hunt since the Tour moved east, but his West Coast finishes included four top-3s capped off by a win at Pebble Beach.

Donald is +1400 on WagerWeb.com. From 2009-2011 at Harbour Town, he finished T2, T3 and solo second, respectively. Ranks seventh in all-time earnings here, highest among non-winners.

Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar are +1600 on WagerWeb.com. Winless for nearly three years, Furyk returns to Hilton Head where he has four top-10 finishes since 2006, including a win in 2010. This year, Furyk ranks seventh on Tour in fairways hit and 27th in adjusted scoring.

An up-and-down week at the Masters resulted in a T8 for Kuchar, his fourth top 10 of the season. He ranked T17 in greens hit and T10 in scrambling for the week. Survived his last seven cuts at Harbour Town, four of which led to a top 25.

Last year Carl Pettersson cruised to a five-shot victory at Harbour Town, earning a fifth Tour victory that tied him with Jesper Parnevik for the most by a Swedish-born player. Pettersson (+6000 on WagerWeb.com) will attempt to become the RBC Heritage’s fourth back-to-back winner, joining Payne Stewart (1989-90), Davis Love III (1991-92) and Weekley (2007-08). No defending champion has missed the cut at Harbour Town since Love in 1993 – a run of 19 consecutive years. Love, a five-time winner here, isn’t playing this week.

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