FANTASY GOLF RBC HERITAGE (TOP 30 Part 2)
By James Dalthorp III
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This is my favorite course that I have ever played. I have also covered this event in person. I actually competed in the Junior Heritage. If the wind blows, this is a beast of a course. Greens are the smallest on Tour so some guys will rely on scrambling more than usual. Again, favor the iron control. Great putters will come alive here because of the fact that you can 1-putt every green. Overhanging trees make driving strategy premium on tougher days. Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus layout.
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1. Jordan Spieth – I have been a Spieth apologist for the past few months (and 2 years) and it’s time to win. Because these greens are so small, it puts a major premium on putting and ball striking. Hitting 12 greens here isn’t bad here and he won’t hit 14 or 15 anyway. Great week in Dallas. 3 top 15’s here and an impressive 62. I think it all comes together. Rent is DUE.
2. Viktor Hovland – I suspected that the 3-month break would really help a potentially burned out Hovland and it has – he’s righted the ship completely and I just dig his all-around game. He has won on courses like Pebble Beach (US Am) with small greens and has great finishes on traditional Southern courses. He went 70-68-68-66 last week.
3. Luke List – Winner last week on the Korn Ferry Tour. No reason why that doesn’t translate into a top 3 finish here. He’s a great ball striker, clearly, his game is in top form. He will be tough to beat here.
4. Bubba Watson – a creative player like Bubba should thrive at a course where tee shots must be curved at will on any given tee. His final round 65 last week suggests he’s ready.
5. Bryson Dechambeau – Has been taking out his whole childhood on the ball off the tee. He can tone that down here and focus on striping his short and mid irons – which he did last week. The guy will putt than last week and that is dangerous. You have to roster him. He was the most visually determined player in the field last week. He’s on a mission (maybe to be a powerlifter).
6. Louis Oosthuizen – Last time he played here, Louis finished tied for 7th. This time of year, Louis gets hot. With no Masters, he will be rabid. Steady last week. Good course for him.
7. Maverick McNealy – Maverick played well earlier this year at Pebble Beach, which is a course that has similarly tiny greens. He played great there – and should find solace in hitting these greens.
8. Denny McCarthy – One of the Tour’s best putters – this course will bring out his best scrambling abilities if only he can manage his game off the tee. I’m betting he’s had time to work on it.
9. Patrick Reed – We just cannot rule out the most clutch putter on the PGA Tour in the past 6 months to a year. His short game is just ridiculous. Because of that alone and his good control with the short irons, I won’t be surprised if he sneaks into another winner’s circle.
10. Kevin Kisner – Tee to green, it’s a Kisner joint. Controlled, flighted draws. Great wedges. He’s a Heritage lock.
11. J.T. Poston – 6th here last year and of the Tour’s rising stocks. Also a Carolina native.
12. Harold Varner – Had a good finish last week and I’m hoping he’s a bit upset how he finished. The energy should carry over to a course where his good ball striking is rewarded.
13. Scottie Scheffler – One of the best top 5 young talents on Tour without a win. I would expect a high finish if he plays smart off the tee.
14. Branden Grace – Great ball striker and would be completely shocked if he didn’t top 20.
15. Alex Noren – I don’t have a good reason for this one except that Noren is a good ball striker coming off a steady week and he tends to play well at courses with a lot of trouble off the tee.
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