FanDuel PGA DFS Lineup Advice: RBC Heritage (2021)
The PGA Tour heads up to the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina, following a fantastic performance by Hideki Matsuyama (-10) at Augusta National that earned Japan its first green jacket in the 85th year of the legendary Masters’ tournament.
RBC Heritage is quite the opposite of Augusta National, playing into the strengths of golfers with a high GIR (Greens in Range) percentage with much more forgiving greens. Vegas Insider is high on a few golfers who tasted success last weekend at The Masters, ranging from Will Zalatoris (28/1) and Corey Conners (34/1) to Si Woo Kim (50/1) while favoring Dustin Johnson (19/2) despite missing the cut after a bad two-day outing at Augusta National. A much deeper field heads to the coastal oasis of Hilton Head, providing quite a range of outcomes to analyze. Let’s look at a few value plays to target in order to construct winning lineups this weekend.
- 2020: Webb Simpson (-22)
- 2019: Cheng Tsung Pang (-12)
- 2018: Satoshi Kodaira (-12)
- 2017: Wesley Bryan (-13)
- 2016: Branden Grace (-9)
Harbour Town Golf Links was designed by Pete Dye with legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus working as the consultant. A course Par value hovers at 71 across 7,099 yards flanked by lagoons, deep cedar-lined bunkers, and just three Par 5s. The course demands finesse and a strong tee-to-green swing, as ryegrasses and poa trivialis comprise the fairways and greens on a relatively flat, water-lined course.
RBC Heritage only has three Par 5s, with two of them being presented within the first five holes. Conversely, four Par 3s are scattered evenly throughout but are interrupted by a consecutive six-hole Par 4 stretch on Hole 8 through Hole 13. Huge sandy bunkers surround many of the greens, and Cedar trees crowd the end of several fairways to emphasize the need for efficiency rather than power. The course ends with a beautiful iconic view of its lighthouse on Calibogue Sound in the harbors of the Atlantic Ocean. Golfers with a high percentage of GIR are the same ones who are likelier to have a shorter average first putt distance, which is a key factor on this course.
Relevant Betting Stats
- Greens in Regulation (GIR)
- Sand Save Percentage
- Birdie Average
- Average First Putt Distance
Si Woo Kim ($10,000)
The 25-year old Korean finished T12 (-2) at The Masters last weekend. Kim has a 67.47 GIR%, which is high enough to justify rostering him at RBC Heritage. With one of the better one-putt distance averages at 6’11”, fantasy managers should feel confident rostering Kim. He hasn’t missed a cut since The Genesis Invitational in February, and his style meshes well with the hazard-lined fairways and narrow greens at Harbour Town Golf Links. All things considered, Kim is a great value addition to your lineups heading into the RBC Heritage tournament this weekend.
Webb Simpson ($11,800)
Simpson returns to the course that saw him victorious in 2020, finishing with an incredible -22. The 35-year old from Carolina has two top-ten finishes this season and has made all three cuts, finishing T12 at -2 during last week’s performance at Augusta National. Simpson’s familiarity with the course will bode well, which is reflected in the high salary fantasy managers will have to pay in order to add him to lineups. His scrambling percentage (69.30%) ranks first throughout the Tour, meaning that he is capable of bouncing back from poor performances on previous holes to finish under par on the following hole. Although priced highly, Simpson is worth rostering in your six-man lineup.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($9,600)
The 26-year old South African finished T40 (+4) at Augusta National Golf Club last weekend but finished T7 at Arnold Palmer Invitational (-5) earlier last month. Bezuidenhout has one of the lowest GIR percentages (57.41%) heading into the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina but is highly skilled in one-putt percentages, ranking in the top-15 with 42.82% during last week’s finish at The Masters. He’s a low salary and a safe four-day option in your lineups, as he has yet to miss a cut during all three majors he’s competed in during 2021.
Corey Conners ($10,600)
Conners had a fantastic showing at Augusta National, finishing T8 (-6) and looking to lean into that momentum to stay competitive up at RBC Heritage this weekend. The 29-year old Canadian has an excellent GIR percentage, ranking 10th with a 71.64 GIR% that indicates his ability to navigate the fairway from either his first or second swing. Fantasy managers should heed Conners’ struggles with GIR putting from 10-15 feet out, as he ranks middle of the pack (29.41%) in converting putts from this range. Given the depth and angle of the narrow greens at Harbour Town Golf Links at RBC Heritage, Conners will need to utilize his GIR skills off the tee and on the fairway to allow for two to three-putts to stay competitive.
Will Zalatoris ($11,100)
Rising up the ranks to captivate millions who watched The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club this past weekend, Will Zalatoris is an all-around talent that came up just short (T2/-9) to Hideki Matsuyama for the honor of wearing the Green Jacket. The 24-year old has a top-five tee-to-green average (1.511) which will help tremendously with conquering the fairways at RBC Heritage. He does not excel with his putting, so generating strong swings off the tee and onto the green could provide ample birdie and eagle opportunities on the course’s four Par 3 holes. A high salary should not scare you away from rostering the emerging star in your lineups.
Shane Lowry ($9,900)
The 34-year old Irishman is yet another asset to roster at the RBC Heritage Tournament, ranking in the top 40 for tee-to-green (.783), off-the-tee (.323), and SG: around-the-green (.319) to make him a great value in your lineups this weekend. Lowry has only missed the cut once across his last 11 tournaments but will need to improve upon his putting performance to be in the mix on Sunday at Hilton Head. Lowry finished T21 (E) at Augusta National, which is an encouraging sign that he can transfer a solid outing into a potential top-10 finish to help cash your lineups at a great value this Sunday.
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