WATCH: CHASE OR FADE – BRANDEN GRACE
Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head, SC plays host to the RBC Heritage this weekend. There is a solid field, but nothing like navigating all the different ways you could turn with a field like you had at Augusta. The experience building a lineup is very different, but you still need to identify guys you like in every price range – so here are a few names to get you started.
Matt Kuchar ($11,500) – He is expensive, his price tag identifying him as the clear class of the weekend, but he could be worth it if he keeps up his current level of play. If he is playing at his best, there is no one standing between him and at least a top-10 showing, making him a great option in any contest format. He had the shot of the weekend at the Masters with his ace on 16 on Sunday on his way to a T4. He has been inside the top-10 each of the last three years here at Harbour Town, and there is no reason to expect him to fail to make it four this weekend.
Russell Henley ($10,700) – His second-round 76 kept him from finishing even higher, but as it was, he put together three solids rounds at Augusta to finish T11. He had a win in Houston prior to that, and overall has been inside the top-15 more often than not since the beginning of the year. Currently ninth in total Strokes Gained (SG), he is playing well with his whole bag right now and a solid start to his weekend is all he would need to establish himself as one of the favorites to win early on against a weaker field.
Kevin Kisner ($9,700) – He lost in a playoff here in 2015, his third top-10 finish on the course. He has never missed a cut here, and has been inside the top-25 six times, and none of those performances came when he was also perfect on cuts made for the year, with five top-25 performances already under his belt. This is the perfect course for him coming off the pressure of the first major to help him keep the momentum going from early in the season on into the summer.
Tyrrell Hatton ($9,300) – He missed the cut in his first trip to the Masters, but is there any real shame in that? Prior to his turn with the year’s first major, he was one of the hottest golfers on the PGA Tour, with five straight top-15 performances. He is still currently fourth on tour in total Strokes Gained, sitting inside the top-20 in multiple categories – SG: Off-the-Tee, Approach-the-Green, Tee-to-Green and Putting (in which he is first). That kind of all-around consistent play should put him in contention this weekend.
Adam Hadwin ($8,800) – Hadwin hasn’t really let up this season, at all – he has made all eight of his cuts in 2017, and has finished with four performances of T12 or better. He got the win (and the Masters invite) at the Valspar Championship, and turned that into another made cut and, ultimately, a T36 showing at Augusta. His final round of 70 was the best of the weekend, a nice jumping-off point to continue his run of solid play.
Charley Hoffman ($8,700) – He has played well here in the past, ending up inside the top-20 a few times, and coming off a Masters tournament that saw him atop the leaderboard for a while with an opening-day 65 – his confidence should be high. He will be looking to make it five times in his last six appearances that has has secured a top-25 finish (including his T22 last weekend).
Pat Perez ($8,100) – One of my very favorite plays at this price this weekend, Perez now has four top-10 and eight top-25 performances this season, including a T18 last weekend while facing off against the best players in the world. He’s played here four times and never missed a cut, and now will be looking to build on his early-season momentum and vault up the leaderboard against a slightly diminished field this weekend.
William McGirt ($7,900) – McGirt will quite possibly be a popular play this weekend, coming off a strong T22 showing at Augusta in which he opened with a 69. But at this price, he should be a strong play: He has finished inside the top-10 here twice in the last three years, and neither of those were coming off a top-25 performance in a major.
Jason Kokrak ($7,700) – He has not been super-productive lately, with three finishes outside the top-50. Although, frankly, at this price he is not killing you, unless he misses the cut. But the choice to play him this weekend would be his apparent comfort with the course, where he has logged three straight top-20 performances (T12-T18-T6).
Luke List ($7,300) – He is coming off a third-place finish at the Shell Houston Open in which he had three rounds in the sixties and a low round of 65. He had 20 birdies against just four bogeys, and he is going to look to carry the momentum forward post-Masters. He is third in Driving Distance, but also 36th overall on tour right now in SG: Approach-the-Tee. If he can combine those two skill sets again this weekend, he should be looking at plenty of scoring opportunities.
Danny Lee ($6,800) – Lee has some some stretches of excellent play dating back to last fall, and right now he is on a stretch of four straight made cuts, with three finishes inside the top-25 over that span. He played the Puerto Rico Open and the Shell Houston Open both without a single round over par, and that level of consistency would make him a valuable fantasy asset in any format this weekend.
Tyrone van Aswegen ($6,700) – The kind of player you might choose if you have a particular stud you have to have in your lineup while you are building a cash game lineup, van Aswegen has made eight of 10 cuts this season, without showing a lot of upside (just one top-20 performance). And he gets there not with slow and steady pars, but with a solid mix of birdies and bogeys, which is good for his fantasy scoring average, which often looks like it is outpacing his position on the leaderboard.
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is theasquad) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above.