PGA DFS Core Plays: RBC Heritage

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Top-ranked DFS player, Notorious, breaks down his favorite PGA DFS picks at various salary ranges for this week’s tournament. Who should you be building around? Find out below.

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I miss the Masters already.

While the year’s first major is in the rearview mirror, we have plenty of amazing golf tournaments coming up. While I wish the RBC Heritage wasn’t a week after the Masters, it should still be a solid event. This is another Signature Event for the PGA TOUR, but unlike the first couple that had limited fields of 70 golfers, this one does not feature a cut. This means that every golfer in the field is guaranteed to play all 4 rounds barring a withdrawal. There are two players we have to keep an eye on. Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns are both expecting the birth of a child in the next couple of weeks, and have both stated they would withdraw from the event if their respective wives go into labor.

As far as the course goes, Harbour Town Golf Links is a Par 71 that measures just over 7,200 yards. Like most Pete Dye designs, this course cannot be overpowered off the tee. Due to the narrow fairways, the lurking water hazards, the overhanging tree limbs, and the doglegs, this is more of a positional course off the tee. While accuracy is more important than distance, I’m not focusing too much of my attention on off-the-tee metrics. The longer hitters are going to club down on a lot of the holes, so focusing on driving accuracy can be misleading since most of the shots counted toward that statistic are with the driver.

Noto’s PGA Model Download & Video for the RBC Heritage

The greens at Harbour Town are extremely small (3,400 square feet) and feature bermudagrass with poa trivialis overseed. We’ve seen this same type of grass several times already this season. I do have those putting splits in this week’s model if you want to check those out. Given the fact that distance isn’t needed here and that the greens are so small, this course is all about approach play and scrambling. I am placing hefty weights on strokes gained approach and strokes gained around the green. Bogey avoidance is another statistic that I don’t mind looking at, as avoiding trouble is imperative if you want to contend at this course.

Course history is fairly predictive here each year, although it’s not nearly as predictive as courses like Riviera or Augusta National. In terms of the golfer profile that we are looking for, there really isn’t one that stands out. All types of golfers have had success at Harbour Town over the years. Outside of the key statistics that I have mentioned, I also like the idea of looking at the following comp courses: Colonial Country Club, Waialae Country Club, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course), and Sedgefield Country Club. They all share similar characteristics as Harbour Town.

PGA DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel Core Plays for the RBC Heritage

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Shane Lowry

DraftKings: $8,500 / pOWN: 15%
FanDuel: $9,100 / pOWN: 15%
Good Drive Percentage: 9
Strokes Gained Approach: 7
Strokes Gained Around the Green: 28
Strokes Gained Putting: 59
Birdie or Better %: 55
Bogey Avoidance: 61

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Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

Derek Farnsworth (aka Notorious) is a lead RotoGrinders Expert and one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the DFS industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in several sports and multiple Live Final appearances. Noto provides expert NBA, NFL, MLB, and PGA analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards. Follow Noto on Twitter – @RG_Notorious