RBC HERITAGE BASIC INFORMATION
Yardage/Par: Par 71, 7,099 Yards
Scoring Expectation: Variable and highly weather-dependent. Grace won the event last year at -9 while Furyk took it down the previous year at -18.
Field Size: 132
Cut Rules: T-70 + ties.
Weather: The weather currently looks very good and consistent, with winds around 10 mph each day (to be expected for a coastal course), nice temperatures (mid 70’s), and no rain on the forecast.
Feeling hungover? Yeah, us too. The majesty of the Masters and the magical Green Jacket Ceremony is replaced this week with a different, but still rather prestigious Plaid Jacket Ceremony at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head.
That said, the awarding of a jacket is about the only thing these two events have in common. First of all, the field is far less packed with the elites of the game, but it’s not because this isn’t a good course or high-caliber event – it’s just a very different and frustrating challenge for golfers who are lacking in a particular skill set.
In stark contrast to the bomber-friendly Augusta, Harbour Town demands straight, narrow tee-shots and approaches into some of the smallest greens that players will see all year. The fairways are small and tightly tree-lined, punishing even slight lateral misses with tree trouble. Furthermore, there are plenty of strategically-placed hazards to further punish those who are not precise, making Harbour Town the accuracy-challenged golfer’s worst nightmare, as several FireDFS subscribers who have played there have confirmed!
All in all, you are looking for some of the most boring, uninteresting golfers on tour who take courses apart par by par. It’s not sexy, but it will get the job done this week, particularly with FantasyDraft’s rather tight pricing!
Let’s jump into some picks.
FANTASYDRAFT PICKS FOR CONSIDERATION
Bill Haas ($19,600)
Boring Billy isn’t about to blow anyone away with his penchant for the spotlight or flashy attire, but he’s easily one of the most effective course managers on tour, and particularly in recent years, he has shown that at Harbour Town. He’s playing some of the best golf he’s played in quite some time right now, and this could be a great week for him to notch his first top-ten at this track.
Luke Donald ($19,000)
Donald isn’t exactly a guy we look to these days for consistency, but he has demonstrated a mastery of this golf course that is akin to Phil at Quail Hollow. Since 2009, Donald has notched four runner-up finishes – including last year – as well as two third-place finishes. You don’t have to like him anywhere else, but you really can’t get away from him here.
Pat Perez ($18,500)
Pat has been one of the unsung heroes on tour this year, and he appears to be in the midst of a mid-career renaissance post-injury. He’s got a pretty stout track record here – particularly over the past six years or so – and is easily playing the best golf of his entire career after carding a nice T-18 finish at Augusta last week. I’ve got plenty of confidence in him.
Wesley Bryan ($17,200)
Looking to get back on the Bryan train after disappointing finishes at the API and PRO? Yeah, me too! Harbour Town should fit Bryan like a glove – he’s not long off the tee, but tends to play very strong golf on tracks where course management comes at a high premium.