2018 RBC Heritage PGA DFS Cash Game Preview
Patrick Reed’s major breakthrough made it for 4-for-4 in Americans under the age of 27 in majors, showing the talent continues to get better and better. In control for virtually all four rounds, Reeds dominance on the greens propelled him to outlast a star-studded leaderboard at Augusta. It was a deserved win, and yet another talent kicks down the major door, which stays shut Rickie after his second place finish.
The trucks hit the road and the Tour moves to the South Carolina coast for the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. A relatively short drive from Augusta, a majority of the field that played last weekend’s major will make the journey via car to play the short, Pete Dye course. Winners past three years include Wesley Bryan, Brandon Grace and the cut-making machine in Matt Kuchar. Known as a short-hitters paradise, the RBC Heritage forces guys to put the driver away and play to their strengths of hitting fairways and using solid iron play to dictate how they finish.
Also, Harbour Town is always a big fan for the course history group. Guys like Luke Donald, who look like they should be on the Hooters Tour, show up every year and put together top 10 finishes like clockwork. Nonetheless, we will mix and match the stats and course history to provide four guys you should have in your cash lineups.
Webb Simpson, $9400 – Webb made the cut on the number last week at the Masters, but then was seven under on the weekend getting him inside the top 20 showing he was finding some form. He’s made the cut here the last five weekends, including last year where he was at the top of the leaderboard before falling with a final round 74. He’s gained strokes around the green in his last five tournaments that are measured and also gained putting in seven of his last eight. In a place where off the tee won’t matter that much, Webb’s consistency on and around the greens allows for mistakes. In his last eight rounds, he ranks second in scrambling, fourth in approach, and eighth in putting. Finally, add in he’s fifth in proximity in this field in his last 24 rounds at Harbour Town and you’ve found your first space used in cash on Mr. Simpson.
Francesco Molinari, $7500 – Normally, I wouldn’t do this. Molinari is a guy I usually just fade and say beat me. However, in his last 24 rounds, he’s first in approach and fifth in GIRs on Bermuda greens. On top of that, he’s second in approach and seventh in proximity in his last 12 rounds. Back-to-back 70s at the Masters last week and Molinari fits the short hitters mold. He’s finished the weekend the last two times at the Heritage so he will a part of my cash lineup this week. Let’s not forget he’s statistically very good on Pete Dye courses, ranking sixth with at least 30 rounds at 2.451 SG total.
Kevin Chappell, $7600 – I’m going to ride Chappell again, even after a very disappointing Masters. He seems to throw up a clunker every once in a while so hoping that was last week. He ranks third in GIRs and eighth in scrambling in his last eight rounds on Bermuda. Throw in a ninth place finish the last time out at Harbour Town, and Chappell has appeal. If we extend the stats out to 24 rounds, Chappell is seventh in SG: Approach. He’s not a great putter, but with smaller greens, hopefully this will shrink his margin of error.
James Hahn, $7500 – Hahn is playing well still to be given his salary in the mid $7k range. He’s second in SG: Approach, fifth in GIRs and seventh in SG: Putting on Bermuda his last eight rounds. I believe his iron game is too strong to ignore here despite his lack of success on Pete Dye tracks. Hahn has yet to miss a cut in 2018 and his lack of recognition means he’s still going to under owned. As a guy who can go nuts in a birdie way, Hahn is a fun guy to follow and can get hot at any time.
Sad that the Masters is over, but there’s still plenty of time to get ready for the Players and a fun summer with the talent in the game. Look forward to getting into the summer stretch and providing guys that are going to make you some money.