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.
Quite a week in Texas and we were reminded of a lifelong lesson, putting is just the worst. A devastating turn of events for a few of these guys but what a way to get the golf season back on track. We gathered information on the field and found out how prepared some of these players were coming out of the hiatus and we will use this moving forward. The weekend was definitely better than the start of the week. It is time for us to move from the heart of Texas to the island of Hilton Head, South Carolina.
It's so strange for me to see the RBC Heritage played in mid-June when its normal landing spot on the PGA Tour schedule is the week after the Masters in April. We would traditionally see a pretty weak field because most of the top players take the week off after a major to rest and decompress. This week will be different as you'll see players like Rory McIlory playing here for the first time since his debut in 2009. We've got a bunch of studs in the mix this week which should make for a fun competitive event at Harbour Town.
As I talked about earlier, the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links is not known as a marquee event on the PGA Tour because of its typical place on the Tour schedule right after the Masters. Seeing the field this week makes me so happy because this event has always held a special place in my heart. It is the first pro golf course I ever played. My family has been to a Hilton Head a few times on vacations and I think I was around 14 when my Dad finally took me out to play Harbour Town and it was the thrill of a lifetime. Not to brag or anything but I did stick it to within five feet from 150 yards out on the signature lighthouse 18th hole. Somewhere buried in my facebook photos is the cheesy photo of me standing next to my ball on the green with the lighthouse behind me.
Harbour Town is not known for its length, sitting at just 7,099 yards but challenges these pros with narrow fairways and small contoured greens. This par 71 plays to the smart golfer because of the strategic way they must attack the greens to give opportunities for birdies. 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 nice but total driving will be more imporant 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. The old phrase, "Drive for Show, Putt for Dough" could not be more true, especially this week. These greens will test these players and that's why you may not see the number one player in the world in my playbook.
In the past, I've said there is nothing I value, week in and week out, more than course history but I've tried to change my ways. We spoke about it at length last week at Colonial because of the nature of the course and being that these players were coming off of such a long break. We've got new players teeing it up for the first time this week as well. While I'll trust the statistics, there are some players with course histories that stick out like a sore thumb at Harbour Town and starting with Matt Kuchar. In his last 15 trips to Harbour Town, he's never missed the cut and has eight Top 5 finishes. I'm not going to let his missed cut last week at Colonial scare me away from playing him. He loves this place and it loves him, also I like that he got to knock the rust off a bit last week.
PRIMARY STATS TO TARGET: Stroked Gained: Putting, Driving Accuracy, Par 3 Efficiency (175-200), Scrambling, Strokes Gained: Approach, and Par 4 Birdie or Better.
MY ONE & DONE PICK: Tyrrell Hatton