Yardage: 7,099 yards
2012: Carl Pettersson
2013: Graeme McDowell
2014: Matt Kuchar
2015: Jim Furyk
2016: Branden Grace
Overview: Each year the famed Harbour Town Links has the challenge of following up golf’s greatest tournament by hosting the RBC Heritage. Harbour Town presents a completely different type of beauty and challenge for golfers. The course is known as one of the windier venues on tour as it sits right on the coast in beautiful Hilton Head, South Carolina. Harbour Town Links is one of the shortest courses on tour, (which is funny to say, you go walk a 7,100 yard course and tell me it’s short) so look for driving accuracy over driving distance.
Harbour Town Links will look slightly different to golfers this year. Last October, Hurricane Matthew whipped through the Calibogue Sound, spraying debris and downing over 265 trees on the course. Course director John Farrell said, “only about 12 to 15 were integral to the golf course.” So, while the course may have a few more open areas here and there, it’s nothing more than most clubs around the country will do to maintain their course. The majority of previous winners have ranked in or around the top of that category, and if you look at the past five winners above, none of those guys are known to be bombers.
No matter how well your players drive it, they will find themselves in some predicaments. With tiny greens, tall trees, and interesting lies off the fairway to contend with, scrambling is a key stat to look at when making your picks. Of course, never forget the most important club in the bag, the almighty putter. Find some players who can do all three of these things well and you’ll be happily watching your DFS Golf picks for all four days of this tournament.
DFS Golf Picks for RBC Heritage 2017
Kevin Kisner ($9,700): Kevin Kisner has been a lock to make cuts this year as he’s made seven out of seven. He ranks in the Top 20 in driving accuracy, as well as Top 50 in scrambling, and is one of the best on tour from tee to green (10th). Kisner grew up in Aiken, South Carolina, about two and a half hours from Harbour Town Links, so he should feel very comfortable with the style of the course. He should be confident in his ability to win on this course after finishing second in 2015 at the hands of Jim Furyk in a playoff. He would have liked to have finished better than T-43 at his second Masters, his second-worst finish all year. I look for him to bounce back from that and be somewhere near the lead on Sunday.
Francesco Molinari ($8,600): Francesco shot one under par total for the final three rounds at Augusta. Unfortunately, a 78 on Day 1 meant we never saw him near the lead. Francesco is one of the most consistent drivers of the golf ball (second on tour), which is a great advantage on this golf course. He is also an above average putter, scrambler, and ranks 15th in tee-to-green. Outside of his one missed cut this year, his worst finish is T-33.
Graeme McDowell: ($8,000): Gone are the days where Graeme McDowell was competing with the best on Sundays in majors. However, the man still has the talent to compete in tournaments in which there isn’t quite as much talent. Graeme won the RBC Heritage in 2013, so you know he has a leg-up when it comes to course knowledge. He ranks in the Top 10 on tour in fairways hit, and is 28th in strokes gained putting. He’s been flying under the radar for the last few years, but he’s only missed one cut in 2017. It wouldn’t be surprising if he did some real damage on this course.
William McGirt ($7,900): The casual golf fan may have not known about McGirt until he was all over their TV screen for the first two days of the Masters. He is the 50th ranked golfer in the world, and has what it takes to compete with the big boys. A pair of 74s over the weekend had him finishing in a tie for 22nd, but that is still respectable for his price tag. McGirt is another one of the best drivers on tour when it comes to accuracy, and he played well in this event last year (T-9). Hopefully, he returns to his form from Thursday and Friday of last week, and with less pressure this weekend, finishes in different fashion.
Jim Furyk ($7,900): Jim won this tournament in 2015, but didn’t play in it last year. So, his last memory of Harbour Town Links, is of when he was holding a trophy and donning that glorious tartan jacket. With the senior tour in sight, he can still play at a very high level. He is fifth on tour in driving accuracy, hovering around the Top 40 in scrambling, and Top 20 in strokes gained putting. These three stats have proven the most crucial for winning this tournament over the last decade.
Luke Donald ($7,800): At this price, I love getting Luke Donald. If anyone has done their homework on his history here they would grab him too. Hopefully, for your sake, they haven’t. Luke has seven Top 15s in this event in his last eight starts. He must have a love-hate relationship with this course because he always plays well when he comes here, yet he has never won. He has placed in the Top 3 in this event six times! Most recently, he finished runner-up to Branden Grace in 2016. Surely, when he tees it up here, he’s got one thing on his mind, and that’s winning the darn thing for once.
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