By News Team
17th June 2020
We were treated to a hugely entertaining Charles Schwab Challenge last week and with any luck we’ll get something similar at Harbour Town in South Carolina.
Simpson given another chance
WEBB SIMPSON was fancied by many to go well last week, but never really got going and missed the cut. He did shoot a 69 in the second round, though, including three birdies and an eagle, so he may just have been rusty and could easily go much better here at 30/1.
The American was born and lives in North Carolina and this looks to be a course he thrives at. He has become one of the best scramblers and putters on tour – both attributes required to excel at Harbour Town – while the fact he isn’t as long off tee as some other players doesn’t matter nearly as much around the course’s intricate and tight fairways. He lost a Heritage play-off in 2013, was fifth in 2017, and in 10 total starts he’s finished 16th or better on six occasions. He’s 6/4 for a top-20 finish this time around.
Simpson ran away with the 2018 Players Championship at another Pete Dye-designed course in TPC Sawgrass, and the 34-year-old looks to have plenty going for him as he aims to bounce back from last week’s disappointing showing.
In-form DeChambeau set to go well again
As mentioned, Harbour Town doesn’t tend to favour the bigger hitters like so many of the courses on the PGA Tour nowadays. Taking that into account, you’d think that the beefed-up BRYSON DECHAMBEAU would not be favoured by this week’s layout. He averages a colossal 321.3 yards on average off the tee this season, but while that will not be a huge asset here, he ranked high in strokes gained on approach at the Charles Schwab Challenge – a key asset at Harbour Town.
Last week’s top-five finish means the American, available at 16/1 for victory, has finished in the top five in his last four appearances, and unlike many of the players at the head of the market, he plays this tournament on a regular basis. In four starts at Hilton Head, DeChambeau has two top-five finishes, so clearly gets on well with the unique layout. A top-five finish this week is priced at 10/3.