From the highs of The Masters we head to Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.
While Patrick Reed claimed a green jacket at The Masters; the RBC winner will earn a tartan blazer.
The RBC Heritage is a great tournament at a course designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus.
Harbour Town is a 7,099-yard, par-71 track. It’s a specialist course for short-knockers with great scrambling.
This week marks the 50th incarnation of the event.
Last week: It was a somewhat frustrating Masters. Six of the nine players I touched on made the cut. Jordan Spieth and Scrub-A-Dub Russell Henley proved valuable picks.
Congrats to those who scored big in the GPP, it was great to see so many entries for PGA DFS.
This is another track where course history tends to repeat.
You may also want to be mindful of players who went four rounds at The Masters last week. There could be a hangover there.
I will look at accurate players for the RBC Heritage with a lean on course history.
The Bermuda grass greens at Harbour Town Golf Links are the smallest on Tour with narrow fairways to boot.
You will need patient types who can work their way around the golf course, as they won’t be able to overpower this one.
Putting is often a variable statistic but good putters regularly pop here, so don’t overlook it.
$8K and $9K Range
Matt Kuchar ($8,600) – Kuchar won this event in 2014 and has made 11 straight cuts here.
You will need to weigh up whether he has enough win equity at this price but he seems a safe play.
Kuchar’s win in 2014 also came after he played at The Masters the week before, so he has showed he can back up.
The 39-year-old is 22nd on Tour for strokes gained: putting.
Webb Simpson ($7,500) – Long a player who couldn’t putt, Simpson has turned the corner.
He’s 10th in strokes gained: putting on Tour this season. He has also made seven straight cuts at this event.
Simpson has three top-10 finishes this season and has missed only one cut.
There has also been a trend of players breaking a win drought on Tour this season and if you believe in that narrative, look at Simpson; he hasn’t won since 2013.
Kevin Kisner ($7,000) – Kisner has a strong record on Pete Dye tracks due to his accuracy.
He lost in a playoff here in 2015 and is rounding into form after strong finishes in the past two tournaments.
He’s eighth on Tour for strokes gained: putting this season.
Emiliano Grillo ($6,900) – The Argentine has won on Tour before and is trending towards another triumph.
He is not the longest from the tee but is a super iron player.
He has three top-10 finishes in his past five events around the world. Grillo had last week off as he didn’t qualify for The Masters so he should be well-rested for this event.
Russell Knox ($6,200) – The Scotsman isn’t having a great season but something always clicks at Harbour Town.
One of the more accurate players on Tour, he boasts a good record at Pete Dye tracks.
In four visits to this tournament, he has never finished worse than 18th.
Luke Donald ($6,200) – I can’t write a column on the RBC Heritage without mentioning Luke Donald, the ultimate course horse.
The former world No 1 has finished second three times in the past four years.
He has also two seconds and as many thirds in the five years prior to that, all while never missing a cut.
This event seems to allow him to keep his Tour card every year.
Wesley Bryan ($5,800) – The trick shot specialist won this event last year in his first appearance.
Bryan has barely fired a shot on Tour since but hopefully the good vibes will return when arrives.
He’s an excellent chipper and putter. His weakness is driving but at this track, you don’t need to use the driver so he should be fine.
Brice Garnett ($5,600) – The Web Tour graduate has played this event twice previously and made the cut both times.
He is playing with a renewed confidence after winning the alternate field event in the Dominican Republic recently.
At this price you just need a bloke to make the cut, Garnett might be your guy.
Aaron Baddeley ($5,400) – If we are looking to past champions then the Aussie seems a bargain buy.
Long known as one of the best putters on Tour, Baddeley claimed the title here in 2006 and also has three other top 10s at the event.
It’s a flyer but if you take him, you will free up plenty of cash at the top.
Piece of Chalk: Luke Donald ($6,200) will probably be really popular but that course history is challenging to ignore.
Scrub-A-Dub: Let’s hope Aaron Baddeley ($5,400) can turn back the clock this week.