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Who’s Going to Win the RBC Heritage?

By GolfGuru - 6 years ago in Daily Fantasy

Who’s Going to Win the RBC Heritage?

Congratulations to Patrick Reed on winning the Masters, but it is now time for the wide world of golf to move on to the next tournament. Next up – the RBC Heritage on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island. The field may not have as many of the usual suspects following the Masters.

That just means you may have to do a little more homework before setting your daily fantasy lineup. So – who are the daily fantasy – worthy players this week?

Top Golf Picks

As always, that’s a great question. But first…

How about a little information about the course and weather?

The tournament is played at the Harbour Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort located on Hilton Head Island. Pete Dye designed the course with some assistance from the legendary Jack Nicklaus. Par is a 71, and the course is 7,099 feet long.

It’s a relatively short course with narrow fairways and smaller greens. So hitting the long ball will not be as important as getting it in the fairway this week.

As for the weather, it is not going to look pretty in the days leading up to the tournament. But the first few days are going to be kind of nice. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-60’ to low-70s Thursday through Saturday with clear skies and a small chance of rain (10 percent Thursday and Friday; 20 percent Saturday).

Wind will pick up as the week goes on (8 MPH on Thursday; 10 MPH on Friday; 12 MPH on Saturday).

However, Sunday is expected to be downright nasty. There is an 80 percent chance of rain, the temperature will be in the low-60’s, and winds are going to reach as high as 20 MPH.

The Players

There is a trend worth noting when it comes to the RBC Heritage. Since it has taken the post – Masters slot (starting in 1983), there have been only seven winners that did not play the previous week at Augusta.

But many of the top names tend to take some time off after the Masters so the field may not be as full of no-brainer selections as usual.

Now, normally, I like to suggest last year’s winner as a starting point for your consideration. But this time, it is safe to say last year’s winner, Wesley Bryan, should be nowhere near your lineup. He missed the cut at the Masters after recording a 74 and 78 in the first two rounds. He missed the cut his last four times out (including the Masters), and his best finish this season is from the Tournament of Champions in January (tied for 27th).

As for recommended daily fantasy options, these guys are worth considering:

Dustin Johnson: It doesn’t hurt to have at least one blue-blood on your team, and it doesn’t get much bluer than the No. 1 golfer in the world. At the Masters, he was good but not great recording a 7-under for the tournament with two days over 70 and two under 70. But since most of your choices this week are not going to be household names, he’s as safe a bet as you’re going to get.

Matt Kuchar: His odds of winning are a lot higher than Johnson’s (20:1; Johnson’s are 9:1). While that may not be super-encouraging, like Johnson, he also appears to be a relatively safe bet this week. So far this season, he has been playing well but not spectacularly well. Since February, he has three top ten finishes. However, he also has three finishes outside of the top 40.

But he did finish 11th or better his last four times at RBC Heritage—including a win in 2014. He’s not a sexy pick, but he’s a good one.

Kevin Kisner: Like Kuchar, he is not a sexy pick. But he is expected to play well this week. He’s made the cut the last four years at RBC Heritage with a runner-up finish in 2015, 11th place last year, and three top-10 finishes in the last five years.

However, it is worth noting that he does come with an element of risk. He missed the cut in three of his last six tournaments. But he made it in the last two and played well (tied for 28th at the Masters; 2nd place finish at WGC-Austin).

Paul Casey: Overall, he is having a pretty good year. He didn’t have the best start at the Masters (74 and 75), but he had a good finish (69 and 65; tied for 15th). Combine that with four top-20 finishes in his last five tournaments (not including the Masters but including a win at Valspar), and you have someone who will play well (if not win) this week.


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