Golf RBC Heritage

RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

After an epic Masters tournament where Tiger Woods rewrote the history books with his epic win, the PGA tour now heads to the Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage tournament. Harbour Town is completely different to Augusta as this course is only a par 71 at 7,100 yards. This is a coastal links style track that is often affected by the wind, where water hazards and bunkers are always in play. The fairways are narrow requiring players to find the right spots from which to approach, whist the greens are one of the smallest on tour that will test approach accuracy and putting. The key metrics for golfers include: accurate driving, precision play and scrambling.

A look at the forecast shows some storms on Friday with high winds, so high that this may have the potential to suspend the event on Friday afternoon, then strong winds throughout the weekend. So players who can play in the wind will be highly sought after. One thing I should add is the “Masters Hangover Effect” may be in play. According to lead Golf writer Derek Farnsworth, “While it’s not impossible, golfers in contention at The Masters have had trouble contending the very next week. In fact, on average, golfers that missed the cut at Augusta have finished higher at Harbour Town than golfers that were in contention. I’m not saying to completely fade the top of the board, but it’s something to think about this week”.

DraftKings have posted a $555,000 Drive the Green contest for a $5 buy-in. Draftstars have a $10,000 contest for a $15 buy-in.

Let’s have a look who I am keen on for the RBC Heritage.

Jim Furyk ($9,400 DK, $21,700 DS) - If there was ever a course that suits a golfer then this it. Furyk who lacks distance off the tee, is an iron play master. On record that he loves the place and was a little unlucky to miss out on a Masters birth. So he will be fresh here. Currently leading the tour in driving accuracy and ranks 6th in scrambling. The form is great and is an ideal pick here.

Webb Simpson ($9,300 DK, $21,800 DS) - Out of the drama from the Masters on Sunday, Simpson was quietly going along in his business and low and behold finished Top 5. Whilst the “hangover” narrative is in play, the course history and form has Simpson right up there in contention for the title. He has finished 11th and 5th in the previous two years.

Marc Leishman ($8,000 DK, $20,200 DS) - Leishman was the first to admit that he didn’t handle the weekend at Augusta and is out to make amends at Harbour Town. With all this wind around, Leishman is a great specialist in knock down shots and admits growing up in windy conditions suits his game. Sure the form and course history are not there at the moment (only one T25 in the event), but this is a great spot for Leishman at a low ownership GPP on DK but possibly too high ownership on DS.

Emiliano Grillo ($7,400 DK, $19,200 DS) - This is such a cheap price for a cut making machine on DK, yet the performance at Augusta over the weekend might scare a few away. The Argentinean has only missed one worldwide cut in his last 19 events which includes 4 top 15 place finishes. The World Number 59 has played here just once which was last year when he finished 16th.

Ryan Armour ($6,600 DK, $10,800 DS) - This is also good price on both DK and DS for Armour who is just outside the top 100 in rankings but has a great course history making 3 cuts from 3 events. Whilst the form has been patchy, a Top 6 finish in the Valspar tournament and top 3 in driving accuracy on tour means good salary relief for your line-ups.

Francesco Molinari ($11,300 DK $23,900 DS) - Look I am no psychologist but when I see a meltdown on the water holes at Augusta, no human can erase that memory. Molinari was playing so well and looked bullet proof until he fluffed his 8 iron into Rae’s creek on the Par 3 12th. Then finds himself in the worst spot on the 15th hitting the pine cones. I am sure he would say “I let Tiger win” as an excuse. He is a NO from me this week with a super high salary and a mindset under doubt.

Draftstars value plays:

Joel Dahmen ($12,500)
Ryan Armour ($10,800)
Troy Merritt ($8,800)
Rory Sabbatini ($12,000)
Vaughn Taylor ($10,000)

DFR Dragon's Picks

The Daily Fantasy Rankings "Dragon" has scoured the Australian sports betting markets and found some great value picks for these games. Check out his picks for the day below and click on the links to follow his betting plays!

Dragon's Picks Odds Sportsbook
Webb Simpson - Top 5 $7.00 Bet now at Sportsbet!
Jim Furyk - Top 10 $4.25 Bet now at Neds!
Marc Leishman - Top Australasian $2.75 Bet now at BetEasy!
Dustin Johnson win H2H vs Francesco Molinary $1.63 Bet now at Sportsbet!


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