PGA DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: RBC Heritage (2022)
After watching 25-year-old American Scottie Scheffler dominate during his first Major win at Augusta National, the PGA Tour will relocate to the Atlantic Coast in Hilton Head, South Carolina, for the 54th edition of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Scheffler, a four-time winner, will sit out and rest, but plenty of star players will still compete against each other. Can Cam Smith avenge his disastrous Sunday at The Masters? Will Justin Thomas finally earn his first win of the season? Like Stewart Cink in 2021, will another veteran claim the hardware at Harbour Town?
My recommended prospects at The Masters fared very well last weekend. Cam Smith flooded lineups with birdies all weekend en route to a T3 finish, while Will Zalatoris carded a five-under-round on Sunday to climb into T6 at three-under-par. Corey Conners was much more consistent and less streaky, also managing a T6 finish with only one round over par, which was impressive considering the elements during the first three days at Augusta National. Fortunately, none of the other prospects missed the cut. However, Tiger Woods and Jon Rahm wrapped up early on Sunday after terrible finishes on Saturday, with Rahm managing a three-under-par score on Sunday to alleviate DFS lineups. On Sunday, Tony Finau sunk an Eagle on the 13th hole, par 5, a rare bright spot during a disappointing T35 (+6) finish.
The 2022 RBC Heritage is played on a much different course than Augusta National, so expect other players to climb the leaderboards alongside some of the favorites in Hilton Head this weekend. I’ve narrowed down my top six prospects to target when constructing DFS lineups ahead of Thursday morning, so let’s get to it!
- 2021 – Stewart Cink (-19)
- 2020 – Webb Simpson (-22)
- 2019 – C.T. Pan (-12)
- 2018 – Satoshi Kodaira (-12)
- 2017 – Wesley Bryan (-13)
Relevant Betting Stats
- Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green
- Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green
- Greens in Regulation percentage
- Driving Distance
Harbour Town is one of the PGA Tour’s shorter courses, tipping at 7,121 yards as a par 71. Constructed by legendary architect Peter Dye with help from golf icon Jack Nicklaus, there are few respites for players seeking par 5 opportunities. There are three total par 5s, including only one on the back-nine. Three par 3s are scattered throughout, including two in the final five holes, demanding precision with tee shots over everything else. A tough stretch of par 4s runs from the eighth hole through the 13th hole, while two run shorter than 400 yards.
Bodies of water pop up occasionally, but the small greens form the biggest obstacle for players to overcome. Measuring 3,700 square feet, the overseeded Bermudagrass greens are flanked by numerous sand bunkers, demanding accuracy with approach shots from the fairway. Fortunately, the Bermudagrass rough is trimmed low at under an inch, allowing players to scramble from errant tee shots and drive much better than at courses like Augusta National. The Stimpmeter measured the Bermuda greens at 12 feet, meaning plenty of birdies should go around this weekend.
Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Collin Morikawa ($10,200)
I faded Morikawa at Augusta, and he proved me wrong with a solid performance on Sunday, totaling five-under-par and ascending into a fifth-place finish. This included a chip-in birdie from the bunker on the 18th, mirroring the miraculous play from Rory McIlroy moments before. He will build on this momentum at RBC, as he is converting 71 percent of his greens in regulation and is ranked inside the top 30 in four strokes gained categories. A year ago, Morikawa had a strong showing at Harbour Links, drawing a T7 (-12) finish in just his second time playing RBC Heritage. Expect a similar result this weekend, as Morikawa will add his seventh top-ten finish in his third appearance at Harbour Links.
Matt Fitzpatrick ($9,500)
Matt Fitzpatrick has hit the ground running after breaking out in 2021. The 27-year-old Englishman has four top-ten finishes in nine events this season, missing the cut only once at The Players Championship a month ago. Since then, Fitzpatrick has been magnificent, earning T5, T17, and T14 finishes to gain momentum heading into the RBC Heritage this weekend. He’s ranked sixth in scoring average (69.8) and gained first overall in total strokes. Fitzpatrick is a premium ball-striker with a hot putter, which will form a nice tandem to converting greens in regulation, something he’s surprisingly pedestrian at. He’s a value at under $10,000 on DraftKings and should be prioritized accordingly.
Tyrell Hatton ($8,600)
You could do a lot worse with salary-saving prospects than Tyrell Hatton. The 30-year-old Englishman managed to make the cut at Augusta but imploded in his final two rounds, thus driving down his value for the RBC Heritage. It’s opportunities like these that separate wins and losses in PGA DFS. Hatton is averaging over four birdies per round and is ranked eighth in total strokes gained and first overall in strokes gained putting. As long as he manages to scramble and recover errant tee shots and drives, which are bound to happen, his putter and short game will keep him in the hunt for his third top-ten finish of the season. Plug Hatton into DraftKings lineups at $8,600 and watch the return on investment soar across the weekend.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $60,000
Shane Lowry ($11,400)
Shane Lowry has been performing consistently well throughout his events on the PGA Tour this season. He saved his best for last at The Masters, sinking a few birdies to rise into a T3 finish at five-under-par to notch his second top-ten finish of the season. The 35-year-old Irishman is adept at playing in windy conditions, the primary obstacle at Harbour Links. Lowry has proven his worth even in dry, sunny conditions, using his finesse with the irons to convert 69 percent of his greens in regulation while averaging 69.6 per round, ranking fourth-best on the PGA Tour. A shaky driver should not deter you from rostering Lowry, as this is his lone weakness. He’s expensive for a reason. Pay up and watch Lowry try to earn his third top-ten finish in his past four appearances at RBC Heritage.
Joaquin Niemann ($10,600)
Quietly, 23-year-old Chilean Joaquin Niemann has positioned himself 12th in the FedExCup and 15th in OWGR. Niemann’s game is tailored for Harbour Links. He’s only making his second appearance at RBC Heritage, but his past success stands out with a T5 finish at 19-under-par in June 2020. He has missed a few cuts this season, but the worst performances where Niemann did advance but finished poorly happened back in October. At Augusta in Tiger Woods’ group, he was in contention for the first two days before consecutive over-par rounds tanked his ambitions. Niemann averages 4.2 birdies per round and has some of the best irons on the PGA Tour, which will come in handy this weekend. Insert him into FanDuel lineups as a value at $10,600.
Kevin Na ($9,900)
38-year-old American Kevin Na has played a great brand of golf for much of the 2022 PGA season. He has missed three cuts in eight events, which is a big reason for the sub-$10,000 salary on FanDuel entering RBC Heritage. Na has four finishes inside the top 25, converts nearly 69 percent of his greens in regulation, and averages over four birdies per round. This is the currency to follow in DFS. His ball-striking is pretty poor, but he’s excellent off the tee, scrambling, and collecting birdies. Na missed the cut last season, but he did draw a T10 finish in 2019, so he’s tasted success at Harbour Links in the recent past. Add him and watch the points pile up.
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