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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: RBC Heritage

by Mike Glasscott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

 

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RBC Heritage

 

 

Glass ($8,555,199; Rank: 5,379)


@MikeGlasscott

 

A fantastic comeback by McIlroy (T8) last week helped numb the pain of rolling with Snedeker instead of Watson in Group 2. Lee Westwood (7th) and Fred Couples (T20) did their usual jobs among the azaleas. Still, with no winner, there’s no reason to get excited as I am FIRMLY in last place. Time to shake it up this week!

 

Group 1: Luke Donald

Group 2: Kevin Na

Group 3: Jerry Kelly

Group 4: Justin Hicks

 

 

ANALYSIS: I’m not going to overthink this one as Donald dominates on this track with the exception of winning. Kevin Na is the stretch in group two but I believe he’s flying under the radar. Old man Kelly has been rolling along this season and picking off top 10s. Justin Hicks is bit out of the box as I go with one of the best ball-strikers on TOUR in Group 4.

 

 

Rob Bolton ($9,023,471; Rank: 3,739)


@RobBoltonGolf

 

Group 1: Jim Furyk

Group 2: Kevin Na

Group 3: Russell Knox

Group 4: Spencer Levin

 

ANALYSIS:  Rob nailed John Senden in Group 4 last week so don’t be surprised if Spencer Levin finds some form this week. It’s Kevin Na all four ways this week so let’s see what happens. My guess: NOTHING good.

 

Ryan O’ Sullivan ($10,034,973; Rank: 1,445)


@RyanGolfBlogger

 

Group 1: Matt Kuchar

Group 2: Kevin Na

Group 3: Jerry Kelly

Group 4: Justin Hicks

 

ANALYSIS: After picking up $1,620,000 on ONE player last week, O puts separation between him and Rob and I for second. This week, we match the final three players. O will not be happy when he realizes this development.

 

 

Ned Brown ($11,315,460; Rank: 308)


@Esoxgolf

 

Group 1: Luke Donald

Group 2: Kevin Na

Group 3: Jerry Kelly

Group 4: Camilo Villegas

 

ANALYSIS: Ned and I rode the Westwood-Couples train last week but he missed the winner as well as he had Dustin Johnson in Group 2. This week, we share the first three picks so I’ll be rooting for him again!

 

 

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“Pure Spin”

 

Masters Points: 130

Spring Segment Points: 303

Spring Ranking: 17,902

Season Points: 2,231

Season Ranking: 5,923

 

 

Group A

 

Luke Donald: He missed the cut at the Masters, but prior to that he had four consecutive top 25s, which included top 10s at the Honda (T8) and the Valspar (T4). In his last five starts at the RBC Heritage, he has four top 3 finishes ( T2 in '09, T3 in '10, second in '10 and T3 last year). Donald is a true horse for the course play.

 

Matt Kuchar: I'm blowing through a ton of starts on Kuchar in the last month, but I don't see how you can fade him when he has held the lead on Sunday in the last three tournaments. If you want to save a start on him, you could use Brandt Snedeker who won here two years ago.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Brandt Snedeker, Russell Henley, Kevin Stadler

 

 

Group B

 

Jordan Spieth: First-timers aren't supposed to do well at the Masters, but at one time he had a two-stroke lead on Sunday. He did play at last year's Heritage came away with a T9. Even if he has a letdown this week, you almost have to have him on your roster as a defensive play because everyone else will have him.

 

Jim Furyk: He came into The Masters off a T6 at the Valero Texas Open and he play well in Augusta until a final round of 3-over par 75 slipped him down the leader board into a tie for 14th place. His record at the Heritage is very good with six top 10s in 15 starts including a championship in '10.

 

Zach Johnson: I'm starting run low on starts with Johnson, but despite his missed cut last week at The Masters, he has been playing very well this year with a championship at the TOC and three other top 10 results. Johnson has two top 10s in 9 starts, with the most recent being a second place in '12.

 

Matt Every: It's a real tossup on this pick between Matt Every and Jerry Kelly. Both are playing well coming in to Harbour Town, but Every is plating a little better with a T6 at the NTO, a T8 at the Valspar and a championship at the API. Every has only three career starts at the RBC Heritage, with his best finish coming in '12 when he tied for eighth place.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Jelly Kelly, Bill Haas, Billy Horschel, Hunter Mahan

 

 

Group C

 

Kevin Na: This year Na is playing the best golf I've ever seen in play with six top 20s in eight starts since the start of the year and half of those being top 8s. His recent record here is very good with a T9 in '11 and a T8 in '12.  

 

Graeme McDowell: Some players don't like to used a defending champion in their fantasy picks, but I don't really have an issue with it just as long as the player is playing well coming into the tournament. McDowell did miss the cut at the Masters, but prior to that he was playing well with a T9 at Doral and a T8 at Bay Hill.

 

SUPER SUBS

 

Harris English, Will MacKenzie, Charley Hoffman

 

 

Ryan O’Sullivan (O)

 

The Golf Aficionado”

 

Masters Points: 168

Spring Segment Points: 353

Spring Ranking: 1,560

Season Points: 2,387

Season Ranking: 180

 

 

Group A

Matt Kuchar

Luke Donald

 

 

Group B

 

Jim Fury

Matt Every

Jordan Spieth

Zach Johnson

 

 

Group C

 

Graeme McDowell

Kevin Na

 

 

 

Rob Bolton

 

“@RobBoltonGolf”

 

Masters Points: 166

Spring Segment Points: 303

Spring Ranking: 18,040

Season Points: 2,308

Season Ranking: 1,551

 

 

Group A

 

Luke Donald

Brandt Snedeker

 

 

Group B

 

Zach Johnson

Jordan Spieth

Jerry Kelly

Jim Furyk

 

 

Group C

 

Graeme McDowell

Kevin Na

 

 

Glass

 

“@MikeGlasscott”

 

Masters Points: 136

Spring Segment Points: 272

Spring Ranking: 36,868

Full Season Points: 2,252

Full Season Ranking: 4,325

 

Another week, another disaster in Yahoo! as Group C players Charl Schwartzel AND Sergio Garcia were both sent packing on Friday evening.  Whatever. I had THREE of eight playing the weekend and NONE of them were named Bubba Watson or Jordan Spieth.

 

Group A

 

Matt Kuchar: I’m a day late and a dollar short here but this is an easy choice in a thin Group A.

 

Luke Donald: He’s produced in 2014 on courses where his past history was excellent. Harbour Town fits this trend this season.

 

 

Group B

 

Jim Furyk: He’s No.1 in my rankings and he’s No. 1 in Group B.

 

Jordan Spieth: I believe his resiliency will drive him on again this week. He’s never satisfied. He will be surrounded by two veterans in case he blows up.

 

Zach Johnson: This is the week for plenty of fairways, greens and short-game. He checks all three boxes.

 

Jerry Kelly: Off the radar a bit here but I’m in need of finding a few gems to get back into contention. Billy Horschel MIGHT take his place before they tee off on Thursday.

 

 

Group C

 

Kevin Na: He’s going to carry the load this week and his recent form suggests this won’t be a problem.

 

Graeme McDowell: I’m throwing out last week and focusing on his recent 2014 form instead. I only have five starts remaining on Harris English so he’ll sit this week.

 

 

One-and-Done

 

Frys.com: Gary Woodland, MC. Well, at least I don’t have to worry about when I’m using GARY WOODLAND again!

 

SHFC Open: Hideki Matsuyama. Time to break through, son. Matsuyama WD with injury so he was replaced with Nick Watney. He finished T48 for $15,264

 

CIMB Classic: Let’s try this again: Hideki Matsuyama. There’s no cut. This pleases me. His T25 after 74 on Sunday does not please me. Oh well. Here’s $53,433 into the piggy bank.

 

WGC-HSBC: Martin Kaymer. There’s no other place I would consider using him and he’s the defending champ on this track. #hangsonfordearlife. Kaymer’s third round 62 dared me to dream but his T8 and $161,667 is a nice deposit.

 

The McGladrey Classic: David Toms. He’s finished T3 in 2010 and second last year. His recent form suggests he’s playing well and I don’t see another chance to burn him down the road. It was him or CH III. Well, BOTH of my selections finished T27. I should have listened to O…T27 was good for $39,050.

 

OHL Mayakoba: Brian Gay. When form meets course history…  Well, that was a nice theory but it resulted in T45 and $18,060. I’m glad 2013 is now over.

 

HTOC: Martin Laird. Since I’m off to a woeful start I see no reason to burn a premium player. Chris Kirk was my second choice but nobody wins in back-to-back starts plus he’s just had another child. Laird is the horse-for-course. The Scot finished T20 in a 30-man field for $87,000.

 

Sony: Charles Howell III. He plays great in the early part of the season and his record at Waialae has everything BUT a win. If you notice, I saved most of my heavy hitters for the latter part of 2013 last year and that strategy worked out. Hey, a top 10 and $119,000! Feels like a winner!

 

Humana: Webb Simpson has been on fire to get 2013-14 started and going low has never been a problem. It’s time to start firing at ‘em. Sigh. Another week brings another disappointing selection as I add a whopping $57,000 to my morbid total.

 

FIO: Same as last year, Rickie Fowler. He’s working with Butch Harmon to get to the next level and he’s played SoCal courses plenty in his young life. He finished up last week at Humana 67-66 and he’s finished T5, T20, T13 and T6 last year in four career starts. I’ll save Woods and Mickelson for down the road for bigger winner’s checks. Snedeker and Walker were also considered and are solid options for this week. Fowler was just as bad as the other four I had listed, save for Woods’ MDF cash. Tough week in OAD for most I’m guessing. MC $0.

 

WMPO: Ryan Palmer. He’s on fire, can really putt and was fifth here last year. His excellent 64 saw him make the cut but his 70-72 weekend resulted in T48 at $15,772. I finished strong last year because I had a stable full of studs from The Open Championship through the FedExCup Playoffs. I’m not panicking. Yet.

 

AT&T PEBBLE: Jimmy Walker is the pick this week. He’s a beast on the West Coast and he’s had time to recover from his illness after MC at Torrey Pines. BANG TRISCUITS. Winner, winner, chicken dinner and $1,188,000.

 

NTO: Dustin Johnson goes to bat this week for Team Glass. His form is excellent and the fact that he’s banged top 10s in half of his trips here doesn’t hurt either. Tacos for everyone! Johnson’s solo second adds $723,600 to the bank! #heatwave

 

WGC-Match Play: Ian Poulter will be my hedge this week. His recent starts hardly inspire but there’s no doubting his inner fortitude in Match Play. He is the 2010 champ and was fourth last year. I don’t see myself using him anywhere else this season. Hunter Mahan would be choice No. 2 but I don’t like his draw with the sizzling Zach Johnson. Don’t forget Mahan played in the last group in the U.S. Open and The Open in 2013. Ah, Poults…$48,000.

 

Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell is the choice this week. There has been no rust after his time off this winter and I’m encouraged after his result at Pebble and WGC-Match Play. I’m using Mickelson at Pinehurst so this is an easy play. He was three-under heading into the weekend. He was even when the weekend was over. Add $15,600 to the bank. That couldn’t cover Bolton’s Lear jet for the weekend…

 

WGC-CC: With a massive prize pool, I have no problem pulling the trigger on, as for reasons mentioned above, on an ultra-premium player. GO MCILROY GO! After making a birdie on No. 1 on Sunday, He was just four back. That was his last birdie of the day, sigh, T25, $76,000.

 

Puerto Rico: My heart says Brooks Koepka but my wallet says Chris Stroud. I’m glad I went with my wallet as Stroud hit the top 10 (T9) with $94,500.

 

Valspar: It was down to Furyk or Donald, but Donald had only ONE bad round last week! Go Luke Go! Donald finished T4, good for $235,600. Another cash and another top five works for me.

 

API: It came down to Bubba Watson and Kevin Na last week and T14 from Na never sounded so good! I added $102,300 to the kitty and another top 25 to the ledger.

 

VTO: It came down to Charley Hoffman and Freddie Jacobson last week and the American with the impeccable track record at Valero won the starting spot. He didn’t disappoint as he ground-out a T11 to rack up $136,400. #verynice

 

Shell Houston Open: The big Swede I should have went with was Freddie Jacobson but instead it was Henrik Stenson. I have now been severely toasted on two premium players in 2014 as McIlroy (T25, WGC-CC) and Stenson (T54) have given me absolutely nothing. Yes, $14,456 is nothing in this game.

 

Masters: The Westwood pick for a two-and-done was more solid advice than going with (again) injured Jason Day. He rallied nicely for T20 but that’s not what I need in big events. I’ll add $101,600 to the kitty.

 

Here are my results in the three big payday events

Poulter WGC-Match Play T33

McIlroy WGC-CC T25

Jason Day Masters T20

HEY HO! TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BABY!

Good Grief.

 

RBC Heritage: Donald would obviously be the selection this week but I’ve burned him at Tampa. I’m going with Jim Furyk this week as he returns to a track where he’s had plenty of successes and his game has been in fine form the past month.  I also considered Spieth and Kuchar for this spot but after a trying weekend at the Masters, I’ll save them both for down the road.

 

 

Results

 

SEASON TOTAL: $3,292,502; 22 events

 

Wins: 1; Jimmy Walker (AT&T Pebble)

 

Seconds: 1; Dustin Johnson (NTO)

Thirds: None

 

Top 5s: 3

Top 10s: 5

Top 25s: 13

MC: One

Thermometer: It feels like 2013 has returned…

 

 

Coming Wednesday

 

And the analysis doesn't end here. Rotoworld's Rob Bolton and I will be co-hosting a live chat Wednesday at NOON p.m. ET. We will be breaking down the field at the RBC Heritage and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter.

 

Mike Glasscott
Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.