RBC Heritage Each-Way Tips: Side with Streelman at Hilton Head

American Kevin Streelman
American Streelman can shine at the RBC Heritage again

It's the annual post-Masters gathering at Hilton Head and Dave Tindall has three each-way selections for the RBC Heritage with eight places paid on the Betfair Sportsbook...

"I definitely like course horses this week and Streelman is one of those having finished third (2013), sixth (2019) and seventh (2018) in three of his last six visits to Hilton Head."

Back Kevin Streelman E/W @ 71.070/1

Main Bet: Kevin Streelman each-way @ 71.070/1

A number of those predicted for big weeks at Augusta National dust themselves down and try again at this week's annual post-Masters exhale, the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.

And while getting straight back on the horse could prove the best remedy, the best thing about having the likes of Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger (all MCs at Augusta), Webb Simpson, Collin Morikawa and Tyrrell Hatton in the field is that they inflate everyone else's price.

Matt Fitzpatrick
will probably win this one year given his love and suitability for the place but having headlined him at 55/1 last year, I'm struggling to take the 22s this time.

Will Zalatoris and Corey Conners may have some post-Masters letdown after being under the gun at Augusta so I'll cross them off too.

While it seems like I'm being ruthless, I'll admit that beyond the top 15 or so in the betting I have an extremely longlist of potential bets.

Some leap out a little more and my first bet is Kevin Streelman at 70/1.

I definitely like course horses this week and Streelman is one of those having finished third (2013), sixth (2019) and seventh (2018) in three of his last six visits to Hilton Head.

"This is just not only one of my favourite events on the Tour, but just a different feeling of just relaxing, nice easy‑walk golf course, not an easy golf course by any means, but shorter shaped shots. You've got to manoeuvre it off the tees. Here there's hybrids and 3‑woods off the tees, to shape it in certain pockets off the fairway."

"This golf course is just one of my favourites because it's stood the test of time. It hasn't had to move the tees way back. It's a magnificent 18‑hole golf course. And it's right there in front of you. But you've got to hit the shots.

"Just kind of are suits my eye well."

The latter can be glib sometimes but Streelman has compared it to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, a place where he recorded one of his two PGA Tour wins.

As for latest form he got out of the Group stage at the WGC Dell Match Play on his last start and that was a fine effort given that he was in with Viktor Hovland, Abraham Ancer and Bernd Wiesberger.

Streelman hits plenty of fairways (49th Driving Accuracy), lots of greens (17th GIR) and is 25th for Par 4 Performance which is a good stat for this course historically.

A couple of weeks off will have done him good as he can get a little tendonitis in his wrist so it's all systems go at 70/1.

Next Best: Stewart Cink each-way @ 126.0125/1

Perhaps it's going against the grain to pick someone who had a good Masters but there's no way that Stewart Cink should be 125/1 this week.

First some numbers and then I'll get onto his words.

The former Open champion was tied 12th at the US Masters, shooting 4-under over his final 54 holes (winner Hideki Matsuyama played those three rounds in only three shots better).

That followed on from tied 19th in the Honda Classic where he ranked 1st for greens in regulation.

Cink wins Safeway.jpg

Now listen to Cink speaking at Augusta.

"I think I can definitely compete and win a major right now. I've never played with the kind of control I'm playing with right now. I never have, and I've been ranked highly in the world.

"Right now I feel like I've got a lot of good things going throughout the bag all the way down from driver to putter. Reagan (his son who is caddying for him) is maybe the key ingredient in the key lime pie right now. I feel like I've got a lot of good stuff going on. I'm loving playing golf. Life is in a good spot for me. Lisa's healthy and doing great and in solid remission.

"So we've just got a lot to be thankful for at the moment, and that's a big piece of it too. My heart's in a great place to play and enjoy myself. Instead of coming out here and fighting against Augusta National, I'm playing Augusta National and having a blast."

Cink, already a winner on the PGA Tour this season after landing the Safeway Open, gives the impression that he could rock up anywhere and play well.

When reminding ourselves that he's a two-time winner at Hilton Head, that 125/1 seems like a crazy price.

Okay, his wins were a long time ago but they must surely count for something.

"It's always one of my favourites, if not my very favourite tournament of the year. It's such a relaxed field," he said back in 2010.

As for that idea of not touching someone with a bargepole the week after a major, Cink reminds us that each case must be judged on its own merit.

"When you gear up and play a major like Augusta or any of the big tournaments, it makes it a bit more relaxing and easier the next week because your game is already prepared. You've already done all of the preparations. And the one thing that's hard to prepare for at the majors is that intensity of the golf course and the competition and what it means.

"When you come here the intensity just seems to melt away and enables you to really relax and be at your best. That's the way I see it.

"A lot of players might see it more mentally they let down a little bit and they get a little scatterbrained on the golf course. But in my career I've had a lot of success the week after majors. In fact I think all my wins, my major win, have come after the majors."

Well, wouldn't you know it, he's exactly right. Or he was at the time. Remarkably, Cink's first five wins on the PGA Tour came the week after a major.

The obvious response is to ask where he finished in those majors. The answer: T13, T28, T17, T17 and T14. In other words, he won them all on the back of playing well in the big event seven days earlier.

With his career flourishing again, hopefully that pattern will repeat again.

Final Bet: Camilo Villegas each-way @ 201.0200/1

As a price play I'm drawn to Camilo Villegas at a massive 200/1.

He's back on the radar after finishing tied eighth at the Honda Classic and tied 17th in the Texas Open in recent weeks.

Speaking at the Honda, an event he won 2010, the Colombian said after a Friday 65: "I love this place, I love this golf course and yeah, I just, I played nice today. I didn't get off to a good start but I got it rolling on the back nine and that's awesome. So do some work and obviously I didn't get the best start this year but, hey, it's golf, we keep plugging.

"I'm just happy to be swinging a golf club and I enjoy the process, I enjoy working."

Shoulder problems have really hampered in recent years but Villegas said in October that he was feeling much better physically and that was allowing him to compete again.

The results are starting to come and this could be a good place for him to make an impression once more.

He's not played this event for four years but in the past he has a fifth, a seventh and a ninth. And digging out some old quotes he describes it as "one of my favourite ones on Tour".

Villegas ranked 16th and 26th respectively in SG: Tee To Green at the Texas Open and Honda Classic and was 10th for SG: Putting at the Honda Classic. Like this course, that has Bermuda greens.

Everyone should be rooting for Camilo and his family right now and it would be great to see him getting in contention again and challenging for another title.

Dave's 2020/2021 P/L

Staked: £810.00
Returned: £1052.12
P/L: +£242.12

2019/2020 P/L: +£13.83
2018/2019 P/L: -£338.25
2017/2018 P/L: +£362.84
2016/2017 P/L: +£1179.89

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