Corey Conners Continues Success at RBC Heritage, Updated PGA Odds

Written By Erik Buchinger on April 18, 2021

Last weekend’s performance may have gotten much more attention on across the PGA Tour community, but Corey Conners is once again among the top group of players on the final day of a tournament. After finishing in a tie for eight place at The Masters last weekend, the Canadian is set to compete in the final round of the RBC Heritage event at Harbor Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He will enter into Sunday’s fourth round in a tie for sixth place.

Conners is in a four-way tie for sixth place at -10 after three rounds, but he is eight strokes behind the leader Stewart Cink, who has a five-stroke lead over the rest of the field at -18 in a record-breaking performance so far. Conners is set to get his final round started at 1:30 p.m. ET alongside Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Conners shot a 67 in the opening round and was tied for the second best golfer on the course in Friday’s second round with a 64 to make the cut with ease. He went into Saturday five strokes behind Cink for second place in the tournament but shot his worst score on Saturday with a 72 to drop him down the leaderboard. Conners shot 15 pars with two bogeys and a birdie in his third round.

The only other Canadian remaining in the field is Mackenzie Hughes, who is tied for 42nd place at -4 through three rounds. He will finish out his day starting at 10:35 a.m. on Sunday with Si Woo Kim. The cut was set at -2 after the first two rounds, and Canadians Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin and Michael Gligic failed to make it to the weekend.

Heading into Sunday’s final round, Conners has the eighth best odds to climb all the way up to the top of the leaderboard at +6600 according to oddsmakers at a popular United States sportsbook. While a victory is unlikely, Conners is expected to crack the top 10 with -162 odds with a +225 chance to finish inside the top five.

Cink shot a 63 in each of the first two rounds of the tournament to break a course record that had been shared by Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus. After a 69 in the third round, he set a new 54-hole course record. Cink is looking for his third career victory at Harbor Town Links and is a heavy favorite to hang on to the victory on Sunday with -275 odds to win.

According to oddsmakers, Collin Morikawa has the second best odds to make the comeback at +450 as he is the runner up on the leaderboard with at -13. Emiliano Grillo is getting +2000 odds, Sungjae Im is at +3300, and Webb Simpson rounds out the top five with +3500 odds to pull off the come-from-behind victory.

Because Cink has such a sizeable lead, the oddsmakers set lines for the rest of the field without him factored into the mix. Without Cink, Morikawa is the favorite at +140, Grillo is at +550 with Simpson and Im tied for +750 odds. Matthew Fitzpatrick rounds out the top five at +1100 with Conners and Matt Wallace coming in with +1200 odds to be the best outside of Cink.

Round Matchups

Oddsmakers paired playing partners together for bettors to wager on which player will put together a better score on Sunday. Conners has -125 odds to beat out Bezuidenhout, who is at +140. Additionally, Hughes is the underdog at +135 against Woo Kim, who has -114 odds to beat him. For both wagers, a tie pays out at +800.

Tournament Prop

The sportsbook is offering up odds on the margin of victory from the winner after Sunday’s final rounds with four strokes or more as the betting favorite at +188. The second best odds is one stroke at +300 with two strokes at +450. The final two options are a playoff and three strokes, and those are getting +500 odds.

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