Between Augusta National, the venue for last week’s Masters, and Harbour Town Golf Links, the site of this week’s RBC Heritage, there couldn’t be a greater contrast. Harbour Town requires supreme accuracy both off the tee and on approach. The landing areas for drives are the narrowest on the PGA Tour, and the greens are among the smallest.
As a result, Harbour Town emphasizes a different skill set than most tour venues do. This week, those who perform well are likely to be accurate off the tee, able to work the ball both ways, elite with their short and mid-irons, and above average around the greens, especially given that everyone misses more greens here than usual.
Here are a few players who fit that profile and would be worth targeting in your fantasy leagues:
Tom Hoge $7,600
Over the past year, Hoge has turned into a whole new player. He is the only player in the field who ranks in the top 10 in approach, off the tee, driving accuracy, and proximity with mid-irons. Yes, he hasn’t finished better than 25th in four starts at the RBC Heritage, but let’s not forget that he has gotten much better recently. His game has plenty of upside, as he has three top-four finishes in his past 10 starts. At $7,600, he offers great value this week.
Adam Hadwin $7,600
I don’t think people realize how well Hadwin is playing right now. In his last three starts, he has finished fourth at Valero, seventh at Valspar, and ninth at the Players. He has gone completely under the radar, but he seems to have rekindled his form from a few years ago. Hadwin’s game is the perfect fit for Harbour Town, as he is top 10 in approach, driving accuracy, and proximity with mid-irons. Like Hoge, he hasn’t had the best results at this event (best finish in six appearances: 22nd), which is why he’s available at such a low price.
Sebastián Muñoz $7,300
Update, 4/13: Muñoz has withdrawn from the RBC Heritage
I’m going to continue the trend and tout another under-the-radar player in Sebastián Muñoz. He has been insanely consistent lately, and his game is a great fit for this course. In his last six events, he has finished no worse than 39th. (Yet no better than 21st. He just hasn’t been able to put it all together.) Muñoz has lost strokes putting in five of those six events even though, over the past three years, he has been a slightly above average putter on tour. So he’s due for a break-out performance, and this could be the week. Muñoz ranks top 20 in approach, off the tee, around the green, driving accuracy, and proximity with mid-irons.