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Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | RBC Heritage 2018

Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | RBC Heritage 2018

Patrick Reed just won The Masters and most people who did not bet on the event were pretty upset. I had a 20-1 bet on him after Friday and I was still upset that he won. It’s hard to cheer for him. I’m still salty about it but I think I’ll be okay. I just need a winner I like this week to take my mind off things.

I like this tournament for two reasons. Number 1, short hitters have a good shot here, and number two, it’s a correlation tournament. What does that mean, you ask? Well, players who play well here, also seem to play well at the Sony Hawaii, OHL Mayakoba, and the former McGladery Classic. So for players who haven’t played the RBC before, like many rookies, we’ll have a good idea if they can play well here, based on their fall season and early January season.

Onto the course. Harbour Town Golf Links is a 7,101 yards, par 71. It’s a Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus venture and it remains a timeless test despite its status as one of the shortest layouts on the PGA TOUR schedule. Narrow fairways and small, deftly contoured greens combine to offer a strategic challenge, requiring well-positioned shots to generate birdie chances. Poor drives will force players to work their way around and over hundreds of live oaks and pines. So yes, hitting the fairways here is beneficial, but even if you do miss, being in the right spots when you miss helps as well. Over the years, GIR percentages fluctuate, and it doesn’t seem to have any influence on higher or lower scoring. 

So this course can be beat in a couple of ways, and being accurate from the tee isn’t always needed as long as you miss in the right spots. So being a solid GIR player from off the fairway is a nice skill to have, as well as being a good scrambler. For most players, you’ll also have 6-7 170 plus yard shots, and on the flip side, it seems like you’ll also have upwards of 9 wedge shots as well. Jim Furyk was terrific at this event because it fit his skill set to a tee. Length didn’t matter, plus he was accurate, a terrific scrambler, and he was top notch with all of his irons. We like very solid short iron players with tee to green skills. Obviously we’ll take great putters, and we’ll lean that way, but solid tee to green skills first, then we’ll figure out who are the better putters. So that’s the type of player we’ll be putting our money on this week. As always, we also love form and putting skills.

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