RBC Heritage 2017: Four big-priced selections to challenge the first round lead

Local man Wesley Bryan is raring to go
Local man Wesley Bryan is raring to go

The year's first Major is out of the way but there's no rest for golf fans with action on both tours. Dan Geraghty picks out four to follow in round one of the RBC Heritage...

"After a few weeks of him being remarkably short in the betting I'm pleased to see Wesley Bryan's price creeping back out to a backable number"

On the face of it we have a pretty decent first round weather forecast this week, the sun is set to shine all day and the wind, although not a huge factor, will increase slightly in the afternoon. As is often the way, the morning starters look to have the best of the conditions on day one.

Luke List shot a couple of 68s here last year - as I've mentioned before, he's always one to keep an eye on in this first round markets; his power gives him an advantage over most of the field and he frequently turns that advantage into birdies (10th in scoring average).

The aforementioned List is in a particularly eye-catching three-ball with Anirban Lahiri and Wesley Bryan. Lahiri will surely be raring to go this week after having to sit out his first Masters for three years. The Indian missed out as his world ranking has dropped to 80th but he's been in solid form in 2017, with five top 25 finishes in his eight starts; he shot a 66 on his last visit to Harbour Town in 2015.

After a few weeks of him being remarkably short in the betting I'm pleased to see Wesley Bryan's price creeping out to a backable number, and just in time too. Harbour Town golf links is a course that should suit the mercurial shot-maker and the South Carolina native has plenty of local ties at a tournament he claims is one of his favourite weeks of the year:

Finally, keep the stakes low, but at the prices I can't resist a little nibble on first round monster Andrew Loupe. Like List, Loupe hits the ball prestigious distances and reels off birdies for fun, he can also putt as well as anyone in the field. All this doesn't sound like it adds up to the advertised 200/1 eh? Well, the negative is that he frequently hits it off the map. The dreaded big miss. Nevertheless, his remarkably good first round record means Loupe is always worth a couple of pounds when he's on the right side of the draw.

Recommended Bets
Back Luke List @ 66/1
Back Anirban Lahiri @ 50/1
Back Wesley Bryan @ 66/1
Back Andrew Loupe @ 200/1

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