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The RBC Heritage is here, the usually follow to the Masters and a very different golf course than Augusta National. Branden Grace defends the title as Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Wesley Bryan and others vie for the plaid jacket.
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2017 RBC Heritage rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Matt Kuchar – Kuch finished T-4 at the Masters, including a hole-in-one on No. 16. It’s a great finish for Kuch, who has a knack for Augusta National and Harbour Town, where he’s won. Seems a no-brainer.
2. Charley Hoffman – The Hoff couldn’t hang on at Augusta National after an opening 65. This is a good place to feel better. He has been in the top 14 in three of the last five years.
3. Marc Leishman – Leishman won the API, did well at the Match Play and made the cut at the Masters. In this weak field, that’s strong. T-9 at Harbour Town in 2013.
4. Adam Hadwin – Hadwin’s married, probably a little worn out, but made the Masters cut and finished pretty well. A winner at Innisbrook, Mr. 59 No. 2 of 2017 hasn’t missed a cut this year.
5. Brandt Snedeker – Sneds isn’t running as well as maybe he has in the past, but he’s played solid golf throughout 2017. A winner here in 2011.
6. William McGirt – McGirt faded on the weekend at the Masters, but he still finished a respectable T-22. He’s been T-9 at Harbour Town in two of the last three years.
7. Tyrrell Hatton – Look, Hatton was my big miss of the Masters. He was playing great going into it, and he got off to a bad start that set off his emotional nature. He’s the highest-ranked player in this field, and this could be a good place for him to dust himself off.
8. Martin Kaymer – Marty just broke 70 at the Masters for the first time, albeit with a Sunday charge while way out of contention. Hasn’t finished out of the top 25 in his five PGA Tour starts this year.
9. Luke Donald – Donald’s solid run ended with a missed cut at Innisbrook, where he’s a past winner. That’s a bit of a concern, but he’s practically been a mortal lock to make the top 15 the last five years.
10. Jim Furyk – Furyk has been miserable since officially becoming the 2018 Ryder Cup champion. So why tip him? Because he plays as well here as anywhere on the PGA Tour. It’s the site of his last win. If not here, then no where the rest of the year.
My DraftKings lineup for this week:
- Charley Hoffman – $8,700
- Jason Dufner – $8,500
- Bryson DeChambeau – $8,300
- Marc Leishman – $8,100
- Luke Donald – $7,800
- Wesley Bryan – $7,700
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Recent PGA Tour Trends
We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five PGA Tour events.
- Kevin Kisner – 2 – T-11 WGC-Mexico, T-2 Arnold Palmer Invitational
- Michael Thompson – 2 – T-10 Puerto Rico Open, T-12 Shell Houston Open
- Rafael Campos – 2 – T-10 Puerto Rico Open, T-7 Shell Houston Open
- Russell Henley – 2 – WIN Shell Houston Open, T-11 Masters
- Tyrrell Hatton – 2 – T-10 WGC-Mexico, T-4 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Event Finish History
We’re also interested in the players in the field that have finished in the top 15 at the RBC Heritage multiple times in the last five years:
- Aaron Baddeley – 2
- Branden Grace – 2
- Bryce Molder – 2
- Charley Hoffman – 3
- Jason Kokrak – 2
- Jim Furyk – 3
- Kevin Na – 3
- Luke Donald – 5
- Matt Every – 2
- Matt Kuchar – 3
- Ricky Barnes – 2
- Russell Knox – 2
- Webb Simpson – 2
- William McGirt – 2
DraftKings salaries change from week to week, depending on field strength and size, as well a player’s recent record and their history on a course. It’s in looking at how a salary changes over time that we might get some clues as to players that could be a little overrated or underrated.
Here’s the list of players in the field playing $1,000 over their 2016-17 average salary:
- Tyrrell Hatton
- Charley Hoffman
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Brandt Snedeker
- Martin Kaymer
- Adam Hadwin
- Kevin Kisner
- Russell Henley
- Branden Grace
- Matt Kuchar
Here are the players playing this week with multiple top-15 finishes in the last five PGA Tour events that re playing AT LEAST $500 BELOW their average salary from the 2016-17 season:
Success at Harbour Town Golf Links
Harbour Town Golf Links is a unique course on the PGA, perhaps only rivaled in layout these days by Club de Golf Chapultepec, in that both courses are tight, have a lot of doglegs and have small-ish putting surfaces.
Harbour Town, which was done by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus together as Nicklaus’ first real big project, is a claustrophobia-inducing course. I’ve played it personally, and it requires a lot of patience and tunnel vision. Some players might hit one driver per round, but those layups will leave mid-irons, which means a ballstriker is most likely to win because they’ll hit greens to give themselves a chance.