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BlogRBC Heritage Preview and Picks

RBC Heritage

April 12th – 15th, 2017

Harbour Town G.L.

Hilton Head, SC

Par: 71 / Yardage:

Purse: $6.5 million

with $1,062,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Branden Grace

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 40 of the top-100 and 17 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, with no players from the top-ten:#16 Tyrrell Hatton, #17 Matt Kuchar, #22 Branden Grace, #25 Brandt Snedeker, #27 Russell Knox, #28 Rafael Cabrera Bello, #29 Francesco Molinari, #31 Marc Leishman, #32 Matthew Fitzpatrick, #37 Kevin Kisner, #39 Bill Haas, #43 Martin Kaymer, #44 Yuta Ikeda, #45 Adam Hadwin, #47 Charley Hoffman, #49 Hideto Tanihara and #50 William McGirt.

Last year there were 17 top-fifty players.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia is not in the field, in the last ten years only one Masters champion Jordan Spieth in 2015 played the following week at Hilton Head.

The field includes 11 of the top 25 on the FedEx point standings for 2017.  Those players are  #5 Adam Hadwin, #6 Pat Perez, #11 Russell Henley, #13 Marc Leishman, #17 Charles Howell III, #18 Bill Haas, #19 Luke List, #20 Kevin Kisner, #23 Rod Pampling, #24 Francesco Molinari and #25 Charley Hoffman.

The field includes 10 players in the top 25 on this year’s PGA Tour money list. Those players are  #7 Pat Perez, #8 Adam Hadwin, #11 Marc Leishman, #12 Russell Henley,  #16 Bill Haas, #18 Charles Howell III, #20 Kevin Kisner, #21 Luke List, #24 Charley Hoffman and #25 Rod Pampling.

The field includes 11 past champions: Branden Grace (2016), Jim Furyk (2015 & ’10), Matt Kuchar (2014), Graeme McDowell (2013), Carl Pettersson (2012), Brandt Snedeker (2011), Brian Gay (2009), Boo Weekley (2008 & ’07), Aaron Baddeley (2006), Stewart Cink (2004 & ’00) and Davis Love III (2003, 1998, ’92 & ’91).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the RBC Heritage field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the RBC Heritage in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the RBC Heritage.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

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Hit this link to join our DrafKings Fantasy Game

Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the RBC Heritage

Player Masters Shell Houston WGC Dell Puerto Rico Arnold Palmer Valspar WGC Mexico Honda Classic Hero Indian Open Genesis Open AT&T Pebble Phoenix Open Dubai Desert
Russell Henley
(257 pts)
T11
(78)
Win
(132)
DNP DNP T45
(3.33)
T9
(30)
DNP T43
(2.33)
DNP DNP DNP T16
(11.33)
DNP
Matt Kuchar
(249.67 pts)
T4
(160)
CUT
(-10)
T30
(30)
DNP DNP T22
(18.67)
T20
(30)
DNP DNP T22
(9.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
T9
(15)
DNP
Bill Haas
(200 pts)
T36
(28)
DNP 3
(135)
DNP DNP T41
(6)
T32
(18)
DNP DNP T11
(13)
DNP DNP DNP
Martin Kaymer
(198.17 pts)
T16
(68)
DNP T17
(49.5)
DNP T23
(18)
DNP T23
(27)
T4
(26.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T23
(9)
Brandt Snedeker
(188.5 pts)
T27
(46)
DNP T17
(49.5)
DNP T28
(14.67)
DNP T7
(55)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
4
(26.67)
DNP DNP
Kevin Kisner
(183.17 pts)
T43
(14)
DNP T17
(49.5)
DNP T2
(66.67)
DNP 11
(39)
T48
(0.67)
DNP DNP T10
(13.33)
DNP DNP
Marc Leishman
(182.5 pts)
T43
(14)
DNP T9
(67.5)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP T27
(7.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T24
(8.67)
DNP
Tyrrell Hatton
(179.5 pts)
CUT
(-20)
DNP T17
(49.5)
DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP 10
(40)
T4
(26.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T3
(30)
Adam Hadwin
(177.67 pts)
T36
(28)
DNP DNP DNP 6
(40)
Win
(88)
DNP DNP DNP T34
(5.33)
T39
(3.67)
T12
(12.67)
DNP
Charley Hoffman
(175 pts)
T22
(56)
T23
(27)
DNP DNP T2
(66.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP T4
(26.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
T24
(8.67)
DNP
Matthew Fitzpatrick
(167.5 pts)
32
(36)
DNP T17
(49.5)
DNP T13
(24.67)
DNP T16
(34)
68
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T5
(23.33)
Pat Perez
(165.17 pts)
T18
(64)
DNP T17
(49.5)
DNP T17
(22)
DNP T38
(12)
DNP DNP T28
(7.33)
T14
(12)
WD
(-1.67)
DNP
D.A. Points
(162.67 pts)
DNP T23
(27)
DNP Win
(132)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T39
(3.67)
DNP DNP
William McGirt
(144.17 pts)
T22
(56)
DNP T9
(67.5)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T28
(22)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP T66
(0)
T24
(8.67)
DNP
Jason Dufner
(137 pts)
T33
(34)
T12
(38)
T51
(0)
DNP DNP T11
(26)
T23
(27)
T14
(12)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Luke List
(133.67 pts)
DNP T3
(90)
DNP T37
(13)
T17
(22)
T27
(15.33)
DNP T52
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Hideto Tanihara
(118 pts)
CUT
(-20)
DNP 4
(120)
DNP DNP DNP T32
(18)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Sung Kang
(113 pts)
DNP 2
(100)
DNP T49
(1)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T52
(0)
DNP T22
(9.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
T12
(12.67)
DNP
Bryson DeChambeau
(113 pts)
DNP T44
(6)
DNP T2
(100)
DNP T27
(15.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP WD
(-1.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Francesco Molinari
(109.33 pts)
T33
(34)
DNP T58
(0)
DNP T7
(36.67)
DNP T20
(30)
T14
(12)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
(95.5 pts)
CUT
(-20)
CUT
(-10)
T17
(49.5)
DNP DNP DNP T38
(12)
T37
(4.33)
T5
(46.67)
DNP DNP DNP T11
(13)
Rafael Campos
(95 pts)
DNP 7
(55)
DNP T10
(40)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Wesley Bryan
(92.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T62
(0)
69
(0)
T7
(36.67)
DNP T4
(26.67)
DNP T4
(26.67)
DNP T42
(2.67)
DNP
Kyle Stanley
(92.33 pts)
DNP T8
(50)
DNP DNP T17
(22)
T27
(15.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T39
(3.67)
DNP T36
(4.67)
DNP
Charles Howell III
(90.83 pts)
DNP T39
(11)
T9
(67.5)
DNP T56
(0)
T49
(0.67)
DNP T52
(0)
DNP T15
(11.67)
DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the RBC Heritage

Player Masters Shell Houston WGC Dell Puerto Rico Arnold Palmer Valspar WGC Mexico Honda Classic Hero Indian Open Genesis Open AT&T Pebble Phoenix Open Dubai Desert
Steven Bowditch
(-46.67 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Vijay Singh
(-40 pts)
CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Roberto Castro
(-38.33 pts)
CUT
(-20)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T45
(5)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Carl Pettersson
(-33.33 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T62
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Ernie Els
(-30 pts)
53
(0)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Billy Hurley III
(-29.33 pts)
CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T52
(0)
DNP T28
(7.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Matt Every
(-28.33 pts)
DNP T65
(0)
DNP CUT
(-10)
T62
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP WD
(-1.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Mark Hubbard
(-27.33 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP 69
(0)
T62
(0)
T42
(2.67)
DNP
Rod Pampling
(-27.33 pts)
CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T41
(6)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Ken Duke
(-24.33 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T23
(9)
T61
(0)
DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

So another Masters is in the books and I have just a couple of thoughts.  Again the Masters does what other events fail to due, in most cases have the greatest week of golf. What

Sergio Garcia did was great, he finally got rid of the title best player never to win a major with his victory in the Masters.  So the title “best player never to win a major” goes back to Colin Montgomerie or Jay Haas.  Now these folks have no chance of ever winning a major, Haas went 0 for 87 while Monty went 0 for 75.  Now of active players next up is Miguel Angel Jimenez at 0 for 71, but he is a bit unfair because he is over 50 and doesn’t play in many majors anymore.  So have to dig deeper, going with guys active on the PGA Tour and you come up with Steve Stricker 0 for 68 and Robert Allenby 0 for 65.  Even Thomas Bjorn at 0 for 57 is not a great example but I found one, how about Ian Poulter and Luke Donald but 0 for 53.  Now many will say Rickie Fowler, but at 0 for 29 he gets a break for a few more years but hey, he is considered a superstar but you can’t call him one yet until he wins a major.

Things you need to know about the RBC Heritage

  • This will be the 49th edition of the Heritage, which is now well established thanks to the sponsorship deal with RBC six years ago.  It was a long haul with a lot of apprehensive monents and rumors of it’s demise, but the tournament is now healthy again.
  • Harbour Town has been the site of the tournament every year.   In 1989 the Tour Championship was held at Hilton Head.
  • The first Heritage Classic was played to great fanfare in 1969 even though it was a “turkey” of an event.  Originally it was just going to be an regular tournament on Hilton Head Island, giving away $45,000.  But Charles Price, founding editor of Golf Magazine, talked to a few people including Charles Fraser who owned the new course Harbour Town and suggested that instead of a small tournament he should apply for PGA Tour sanction.  They scrambled around and raised the purse to $100,000, then got a date for the tournament which was Thanksgiving weekend.  Jack Nicklaus, who helped Pete Dye design the course played and brought some friends including Arnold Palmer who went out and won the first Heritage Classic.  They say that thanks to Palmer winning, it put the tournament on the map and help create a nice tradition for a tournament in its first year.
  • The Heritage Classic was played over Thanksgiving weekend in its first four years.  It was moved in 1974 to September and then the next year to March.  Between 1983 and today it’s been played the week after the Masters, except for in 2012 when it was two weeks after the Masters.

Course information:

Harbour Town Golf Links

Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

7,101 yards     Par 36-35–71

Harbour Town Golf Links features a course rating of 75.6 and a slope rating from the back tees of 147. The tees, fairway, and rough are TifSport bermudaGrass as the greens are bermudagrass overseeded with Poa. The course is a resort course and can be played by the public.  Last year Harbour Town was the 8th hardest course on the PGA Tour with a 72.29 average.  In 2015 it was 26th hardest course on the PGA Tour with 70.49 scoring average, about a half shot under par.  In 2014 Harbour Town was the 9th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 72.038 average (full shot over par). In 2013 Harbour Town was the 11th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 72.038 average which is 1.038 strokes over par so in a way the course is getting easier.

Course was designed and built by Pete Dye in 1969.  Jack Nicklaus got his start in golf course architecture as he assisted Dye on the design and building of Harbour Town.   The average green size at Harbour Town is 4,500 square feet, which means it has some of the smallest greens on the PGA Tour.  Course has 145 bunkers and water comes into play on nine of the 18 holes

Over the years the course has changed very little change, seven new teeing grounds were put in with an added yardage of 127 yards, taking the course over the 7,000 mark to 7,101.  The holes that yardage was added to was the 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 16 & 18.  In most cases players didn’t use driver but holes like 16 with an additional 36 yards will now force players to hit a driver.  The same with 18, 20 yards has been added to a hole that will now play to 472 yards.

There was also some changes in some of the bunkers so that they are more in play and the area around the second green got some work.  Also some trees that played havoc to those who hit it in the fairway but had to contend with them were removed which will help improve the sight lines.

Two last things, in the summer of 2015 every blade of grass on the layout had been replaced – tees, greens, rough, practice facility. The irrigation system also was replaced with the latest technology, so it may be a bit for the players to get the feel of the course and get to know all of the rolls and breaks on the greens.

Lastly six months ago Hurricane Matthew hit Hilton Head Island and despite the power, other than debris and lose of trees there was no long-range damage.  We saw what mother-nature could do to a golf course when we see how heavy rains washed away the courses at Greenbrier and they couldn’t play the Greenbrier Classic last July.  But for Hilton Head they were lucky, yes players will notice a lack of trees, especially on holes near the bay like 16, 17 and 18.

Let’s take a look at key stats that are important for those playing at Harbour Town Golf Links:

This is based on the most important stats for Harbour Town, based on data from last years RBC Heritage, and using data from all the players in the field with stats from 2017. What we do is take their rank for each stat and then add up the four catagories.
The scoring average of the field at Harbour Town in 2015 was 72.29 so with par being 71 it was a shot and a quarter over par making it the 8th hardest course on the PGA Tour last year. So why the change compared to 2015 when it was 70.49 and the 26th hardest course to score on in 2015? Wind, it blew everyday between 10-20 MPH with gusts ranging from 30MPH on Thursday to 25 on Sunday. In looking at the weather for Hilton Head Island it’s going to be a picture perfect week with sunny skies everyday and temperatures ranging from 74 to 78 degrees and winds each day about 10mph. So look for better scoring and that could mean an inexperience winner, someone that has a sharp iron game, can hit all of the greens and 2 putt. Still Harbour Town is one of the best courses in America, it’s a totally different experience in which ball placement is upmost over power. Hitting it hard and far doesn’t work at this venue so look for a precision player to win. Looking at all drives in 2016 the course averaged 2267.9 yards, meaning it was the shortest of all the courses on tour. Since it’s so low (The highest on tour last year was Glen Abbey, 303.8 yards) players not only throttle it down, laying up with 3 woods or long irons. So our first important stat is driving accuracy, you have to drive it well at Harbour Town. Last year the course ranked 18th in this stat compared to the others on tour. In looking at past champions six of the last eight were in the top-ten in accuracy for the week and eight of the last eight champions were in the bottom in driving distance as Carl Pettersson was the longest driver as he ranked 31st that year.

For our next categories in looking at the stats for Harbour Town, one thing is obvious, the course caters to those that hits lots of greens, last year it ranked 2nd on the Tour In the last 20 years, eleven of the champions ranked in the top-ten with five of them leading the category, the last being Matt Kuchar in 2014. Last year’s winner Branden Grace ranked T-14th in greens hit

Next important is around and on the greens. What makes Harbour Town tough is the greens, at 4,500 square feet they are some of the smallest greens on the PGA Tour to hit, so it makes sense that scramblers do well since the course ranked 26th last year and 49th best in 2015 which in this case means that the average player got it up and down 64.68% of the time, only three courses saw averages higher so you have to scramble well to exist. Last we pick a stat rarely used, strokes gained putting. That’s because at Hilton Head putting well doesn’t mean much, but you still have to make those nasty 4o to 8 footers. It ranked 43rd at 28.24 being less putts are taken at Harbour Town.

So how did last years winner Branden Grace become victorious last year? Despite breaking our mold as he was T-50th in driving accuracy and T-14th in greens hit, Grace was good in other stats. In rough proximity he ranked 7th, meaning all those fairways he missed he got the ball on the green from the rough. Grace was 3rd in scrambling and strokes gained around the green and he was 10th in strokes gained putting. More importantly Grace owned the par 4s, he was 6 under on them the best of anyone in the field.

*Driving Accuracy: Percentage of fairways hit, last year Heritage finished 18th in this stat and was 36th in 2015.

*Greens in Regulation: Stat is great barometer on how good players manage their games around Harbour Town. Every year the players that hit lot’s of greens do well.

*Scrambling: So which course is tough to get it up and down on holes players miss the greens. Since all of the area’s around the greens are mowed short and are left with really hard shots to get it close, scrambling is important. You are not going to be perfect so you have to make sure you can make pars from some tough places

*Strokes Gained putting: Who gains the most strokes with their putter, since Harbour Town’s greens are so small you will see less putts as you won’t have as many three putts but you still need to make those putts under ten feet.

Players from this year’s field with stats from 2017 with 123 of the 132 players having stats:

Click any column title in the table header to sort columns.

 

Here is the link to all the stats for all 123 players in the RBC Heritage Classic 

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the RBC Heritage:

Key stats for the winner:

  • Harbour Town is one of the best courses in America, it’s a totally different experience in which ball placement is upmost over power.  Hitting it hard and far doesn’t work at this venue so look for a precision player to win. ,So what will it take to win this week’s Heritage Classic?
  • What makes the course tough is the greens, at 4,500 square feet they are some of the smallest greens on the PGA Tour.  Over the last 11 years they have been difficult to hit, of all the tournaments the U.S. Open is the only one that ranks harder to hit than the greens of Hilton Head.
  • Over the years putting and hitting greens have been key to winning at Harbour Town.  It you look at the list of Heritage champions all of them are good putters, especially from the ten to twenty feet range.
  • With greens as small as those Hilton Head scrambling is a very important element in being able to win.  Just look at the recent winners to see how important this stat is. Last year Branden Grace was 22 of 28 greens missed, he was 3rd in scrambling, in 2015 Jim Furyk led the stat getting it up and down 21 of the 22 greens he missed, the best any championship has done.  The year before Matt Kuchar was 12th in that stat on the PGA Tour in 2014. The 2013 winner Graeme McDowell led the scrambling list at Harbour Town getting it up and down 79.2% of the time.  In 2012 Carl Pettersson was 21st and Brandt Snedeker did a good job at 20th. But in the years before it was even better as in 2010 Jim Furyk was 4th in this category, getting it up and down 23 of 28 times.  In 2009 Brian Gay was first in this category, getting it up and down 22 of 24 tries.  In 2007 Boo Weekley only took 97 putts and won the category, Aaron Baddeley was 7th in his win in 2006, Davis Love III was 3rd in his 2003 win, Justin Leonard was 7th in his 2002 win, Jose Coceres was 5th in 2001 and Nick Price was 3rd in 1997.
  • Heritage always seems to have dramatic finishes.  In the last 14 of the 18 Heritage’s, seven of them have had playoffs, four have had a one stroke margin of victory while the other was two and five.  Last year Branden Grace was the exception to the rule beating Luke Donald and Russell Knox by two shots.  The previous year Jim Furyk beat Kevin Kisner in a playoff while in 2014 Matt Kuchar beat Luke Donald by a shot, thanks to a Kuchar birdie on the 72nd hole. In 2013 Graeme McDowell won in a playoff with Webb Simpson while in 2012 Carl Pettersson had a easy time winning by five.  In 2011 Snedeker went three extra holes before beating Luke Donald.   Can’t get any more excitement than in 2007 when Boo Weekley beat Ernie Els by a shot but he chipped in on 17 and 18 for the win.  In 2010 Jim Furyk beating Brian Davis in a playoff.
  • After four good days of weather at the Masters, we are going to have even better weather this week.  According to forecasts everyday will be perfect and as a added bonus for the players there won’t be wind that will play a part in the tournament.

 

 

Who to watch for at the RBC Heritage

Best Bets:

Matt Kuchar

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T9 5 Win T35 T44 T21 T14 T48 T7 T61 T10

Has a great record on this course and comes from Augusta as the hottest player in the field this week finishing T-4th at the Masters.

Bill Haas

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T14 T31 WD T24 CUT T30 T41 CUT CUT CUT T27 CUT

This is a guy that has the game to play well and win on this course. Was T-14th last year which is his best finish in 12 starts, don’t let this effect your choice for this year.

Brandt Snedeker

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
CUT T26 T74 T59 T17 Win CUT CUT T53 T16 T47

Never say never with this guy on this course, he has also had a decent year so watch him.

Best of the rest:

Adam Hadwin

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T30 CUT

He is a much better player now and should play great on this course.

Bryson DeChambeau

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T4

Has sorted out his putting problems, he is a great choice for this week.

Branden Grace

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
Win T7

Don’t forget about the defending champion, he could do it again.

Russell Knox

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T2 T18 T9

Guy always plays well on this course, seems to be close to winning again.

Kevin Kisner

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T69 2 T38 CUT

Worth a look at, lost a playoff to Jim Furyk in 2016.

Solid contenders

Luke Donald

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T2 T15 2 T3 T37 2 T3 T2

This guy has been in the top-15, 7 times in last 8 starts including being runner-up four times. Yes not what he used to be, but always a guy that does well in this event.

Kyle Stanley

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T33 CUT CUT T60 CUT

I like him because he is 5th in greens hit and 23rd in scrambling, two important items.

Charley Hoffman

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T14 T64 T38 T6 T8 75 CUT

Had a great Masters and has played well on this course.

Jim Furyk

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
Win T7 T42 T8 T21 Win CUT 4 CUT 2 T2

Has not had the kind of year he is use to but coming to a course he can turn things around on.

Long shots that could come through:

Aaron Baddeley

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T9 T66 CUT T42 CUT T14 T22 T21 T2 T10 Win

Good pick for fantasy golf, seems to always play well, could get a top-ten this week.

Michael Thompson

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
CUT CUT T20 CUT

He is 2nd in strokes gained putting for the year, yes hasn’t played well in past Heritage’s but think it will change. His game has also come around of late.

Ricky Barnes

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T9 T37 T38 T71 CUT T4 T5

Another of those guys that has a good, solid record on this course.

Comments

  1. Russell Henley? Pat Perez?

  2. I thought about both, yes they both could do well, Perez has had a great year and his stats work so he isn’t the worst choice. The same with Henley, he also is in the top-ten of my key fantasy stats and could be good DraftKings picks. I just didn’t like them for my main picks, it’s not like I am right more than what half the time, so Chris if you like them go for it.

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