Can Dustin Johnson rebound? Will Webb Simpson, Collin Morikawa and perhaps Tyrrell Hatton build on their momentum?
And where’s the love for Will Zalatoris?
These are some angles Mountain State online bettors can consider for the RBC Heritage, which runs Thursday-Sunday and follows the Masters tournament from last weekend.
PGA Tour betting at WV sportsbooks
DraftKings Sportsbook WV odds as of Tuesday:
Simpson, who finished a strong 12th at the Masters, was the early favorite at +1100. He’s also +225 for the Top 5 finish line and +100 for the Top 10.
Dustin Johnson, the defending Masters champion who then failed to make the cut, will be fired up for a rebound. He’s +1250 on the win line, +300 for the Top 5 and +175 for the Top 10.
Bettors will know early in this competition whether Johnson is slumping or whether gambling on him will feel like a deal.
Patrick Cantlay stands third at +1700 to win, +400 for the Top 5 and +200 for the Top 10.
Matthew Fitzpatrick gains some betting love at +2100 to win, +500 for the Top 5 and +200 for the Top 10.
Morikawa, a strong 18th in the Masters, is +2100 on the win line, +500 for the Top 5 and +250 for the Top 10.
And further down is a monster value for bettors who believe that momentum carries over from one tournament to the next. Zalatoris finished second in the Masters, one stroke behind victorious Hideki Matsuyama.
Zalatoris is therefore the hottest golfer in this field and pays a generous +2300 to win, +500 for the Top 5 and +250 for the Top 10. There is a good angle in the carryover effect. Jordan Spieth secured a tournament triumph the week before the Masters and paid +275 to many bettors for his tie for third.
RBC Heritage betting preview
This is an interesting week, because many of the game’s top stars skip this competition after playing in the Masters, a major.
But there’s a strong purse for the players, more than $7 million overall, and a better opportunity to advance with the number of elite opponents slightly reduced.
Will this be an opportunity for Hatton to hit the board? He also finished 18th in the Masters and is priced at +2200 to win, +500 for the Top 5 and +250 for the Top 10.
Looking beyond the big board, gamblers can consider some angles. For instance, Hatton is +125 to finish in the Top 20. That’s a fair price and reasonably good odds.
Paul Casey, +125 for the Top 20, is another worthy consideration. So is Sungjae Im at -110 for the Top 30.
The leader after round one has value-added prices for the big names this week.
Simpson is +1800 to be the leader after round one, and Johnson is +2800. This distinction often goes to an obscure name, but with some of the stars taking this week off, the bigger players have a better chance to sit on top after the first 18 holes.
Hole-by-hole wagering, updated daily futures and competition within three- and four-player groups enrich the betting.