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RBC Heritage Preview: Power Rankings & DFS Picks

The PGA Tour heads to sunny South Carolina today as a large field will compete in the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC. Wesley Bryan is the defending champion, and players will be competing for a $6,700,000. Top 20 players int he field this week (according to the OGWR) include world #1 Dustin Johnson, as well as Paul Casey, Marc Leishman, Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Kuchar. Other notables include Cameron Smith, Charley Hoffman, Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Ollie Schniederjans and Emiliano Grillo. The Par 71 course has been hosting the tournament since 1969, and brings out a great Southeast local crowd. Several of the players in this week have strong ties to the area- inlcuding DJ who grew up in Columbia, SC and went to Coastal Carolina University, Kevin Kisner still lives in his hometown of Aiken, SC and went to the University of Georgia, Webb Simpson lives in North Carolina and went to Wake Forest University, and Matt Kuchar played collegiate golf at Georgia Tech.

Las Vegas Odds

Dustin Johnson 8-1

Paul Casey 12-1

Matt Kuchar 16-1

Webb Simpson 25-1

Marc Leishman 25-1

Cameron Smith 28-1

Luke List 33-1

Adam Hadwin 33-1

Brian Harman 33-1

Tyrell Hatton 33-1

Ollie Schniederjans 33-1

Kevin Kisner 33-1

Patrick Cantlay 35-1

Ian Poulter 35-1

Emiliano Grillo 40-1

Kevin Na 40-1

Bryson DeChambeau 40-1

Power Rankings

5. Luke List

List is a darkhorse this week with no notable finishes at RBC, but boy is he hot heading into Harbour Town. He’s 7/7 in made cuts since January (excluding the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play but did force Justin Thomas to 18 holes in his opening match). Not only has he made the cut in his past 7 tournaments, but he’s never finished worse than T26 at any of them. He sports a T12 at the Farmers Insurance Open, a solo runner up finish at The Honda Classic (which included a pair of 66’s on Friday/Saturday) and a T7 amongst a strong field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, FL. The key for him will be his ability to putt (he can drive the ball a mile) and to score on the weekend.

4. Kevin Kisner

A bit of a riskier pick, Kisner is the hometown kid who is having an up-and-down season. He’s 7/10 in cuts made this year, but he’s missed the cut in 2 of his last 5 tournaments. He finished T28 at the Masters, but didn’t show much pizzaz as his highest round was a 75 and his lowest was a 69. Still, he made it to the finals at Austin Country Club just a week earlier and has a good history at Harbour Town. He finished just outside the top 10 in 2017 and lost in a playoff in 2015. The #25 player in the world should still be considered a contender this week despite his peaks and valleys early into this 2018 season.

3. Webb Simpson

Simpson is trending upwards after a T20 finish at Augusta this past week. His scorecard showed a tale of two sides- he was +5 on Thursday/Friday but went 70-67 on the weekend to finish at 286. He’s 9/10 in made cuts this year and hasn’t finished worse than T37 since mid-February. He boasts 3 top-10s this year, including 2 in his last 4 events (a T5 at The Honda Classic and a T8 at the Valspar Championship). His putter is hot right now, so he’s definitely a mid-level ranking threat to win in SC this week.

2. Matt Kuchar

The #21 player in the world has been playing steady golf in the past few weeks, sporting a T9 finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, T8 at the Houston Open, and coming in tied for 28th at the Masters. Fatigue might be s light issue as this will be his 4th straight tournament, but his familiarity with the area and proximity to his college roots will likely ease his mind. Trying to get his first win on tour since 2014, Kuchar is definitely close with 3 top-10s and 11/11 made cuts this season. Kuchar’s history at this course suggest he has a real chance to claim victory this week. He won the event in 2015 by 1 shot over luke Donald with a 7-under 64 on Sunday, and in his last 3 years he’s finished T11 in 2017, T9 in 2016 and solo 5th in 2015.

1. Dustin Johnson

The world #1 has been on fire this season playing in a fairly limited schedule. He’s 8/8 on made cuts and has finished in the top-10 and astonishing 6 times- including a win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. His worst finish in 2018 was a T16 at the Genesis Open in February, so suffice is to say DJ is a threat any week he tees it up. He played well at the Masters, shooting a 281 (-7) and finishing T10, but he was never a real threat over the weekend. He also hasn’t played in the tournament since 2009, but as mentioned earlier he is a local who will likely feel comfortable on the SE grass. His length off the tee won’t have much of an impact on the relatively short course, but his excellent wedge play and some timely putting can give him an easy victory on Sunday.

DFS Picks

Webb Simpson -> $9,400

Luke List -> $8,900

Kevin Kisner -> $8,700

Bryson Dechambeau -> $8,300

Ollie Schniederjans -> $7,400

Charls Howell III -> $7,300

Remaining Salary -> $0

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