PGA DFS Playbook - RBC Heritage
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the RBC Heritage.
I mean, once again, the Masters did not disappoint. Watching Tiger Woods in his red shirt take charge on the back nine of Augusta and all of the players around him on the leaderboard just falling apart around him, gave me late 90's feels all over again. I don't care what you think of the guy personally, but this was an amazing story of redemption and perservence for an athlete who had reached rock bottom and climbed all the way back to the mountain top. Despite not putting Tiger into my playbook, I know there was a lot of good in there and I know my screens were green, hopefully yours were as well.
The RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links is not known as a marquee event on the PGA Tour because of its place on the Tour schedule right after the Masters. Most of the big names take a break after Augusta which means the field is usually weak but it's improved this year. We've got Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Kuchar at the top of the scoring. While it may not mean a lot to the pros, it will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first pro course I ever played. Not to brag or anything but I did stick it to within five feet from 150 yards out on the signature lighthouse 18th hole.
Harbour Town is not known for its length, sitting at just 7,101 yards but challenges these pros with narrow fairways and small contoured greens. This course plays to the smart golfer because of the strategic way you must attack the greens to give themselves birdie making opportunities. An errant tee shot will force players to navigate through hundreds of live oaks and pines which makes driving accuracy on top of the stats to target this week. Driving distance is a bonus but vital to success at Harbour Town.
This course can hurt you in a bunch of different ways which means that scrambling should be another target statistic for building your lineups. This being a course with smaller than average contoured greens, placement on the greens is key to making birdies which means proximity becomes another target statistic. It probably does not need to be said at this point but I'll say it anyways, putting is always crucial. One of the first things I look at each week is whether a player current has a good handle on their putting stroke. The old phrase, "Drive for Show, Putt for Dough" could not be more true, week in and week out on the PGA Tour.
In the past, I've said there is nothing I value, week in and week out, more than course history but I've changed my ways. It is still important to me but I'm trying to open my mind to recent play as well. There are a few guys though that stick out like a sore thumb at Harbour Town and starting with Matt Kuchar. While I love him here normally, I'm going to avoid him this week for the simple fact that he's played a lot of golf recently and a lot of high pressure golf to boot. He's been loyal to this tournament but I expect him to slow things down a bit and just enjoy the week in a beautiful location.
MY ONE & DONE PICK FOR THE WEEK IS PATRICK CANTLAY
Good luck everyone!
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