Daily Fantasy Golf Course Primer: RBC Heritage

As golfers try to obtain the plaid jacket at this week's RBC Heritage, what do you need to know about the course for your FanDuel lineups?

Well, the Masters has come and gone, but it was a tournament to remember. Patrick Reed was able to fend off a slew of top-flight golfers on Sunday to don the green jacket and earn his first major.

Of course, it's always a letdown to think of any event other than the Masters around this time of year, yet the RBC Heritage -- and the quest for the plaid jacket -- has plenty of interesting angles for daily fantasy golf purposes.

So let's break down the course, key stats, and players with strong histories at Harbour Town GL.

Course and Tournament Info

Harbour Town GL is a 7,099-yard par 71, designed by Pete Dye. It sits on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, meaning wind is fully in effect for this week. In two of the past three years, Harbour Town GL played as only a moderately difficult course, but overall, the Pete Dye design has proven pretty tricky in recent seasons.

Year Difficulty Rank Course Par Yards Avg Score Avg O/U Par
2017 29 Harbour Town GL 71 7,099 70.676 -0.324
2016 8 Harbour Town GL 71 7,099 72.285 1.285
2015 26 Harbour Town GL 71 7,101 70.490 -0.510
2014 9 Harbour Town GL 71 7,101 72.038 1.038
2013 11 Harbour Town GL 71 7,101 72.038 1.038
2012 9 Harbour Town GL 71 7,101 72.288 1.288

Why? Well, for starters, Harbour Town features the smallest greens on the PGA Tour, per FutureOfFantasy. Plus, the narrow fairways require golfers to be accurate off the tee, approaching the green, and on the Bermudagrass greens themselves. There really isn't an area in which your golfers can be lagging -- other than maybe distance off the tee.

Key Stats

You always want to factor in strokes gained: tee to green to see which golfers are playing well in all facets of their games, but these few stats have separated the top 25 from those missing the cut at Harbour Town since 2003, via FantasyGolfMetrics.

Key Stats for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town GL
Driving Accuracy
Strokes Gained: Approach
Proximity to the Hole (From 175+ Yards)
Greens in Regulation

This week, accuracy matters more than distance off the tee. Golfers who finished top 25 since 2003 here have outdrove those missing the cut by only 1.8 yards, on average. But the top 25 hit 70% of fairways, compared to 64% for those missing the cut. Really, you can factor in good drive rate -- which combines fairways hit and greens in regulation hit if a fairway was missed -- if you'd prefer.

Because a lot of the play here comes down to the second (and third) shot, as the greens are tiny and hard to hit. So strokes gained: approach, proximity (particularly from 175 yards and farther), scrambling, and greens in regulation have all shown to help the top 25 separate from the rest of the field.

If you want, you can give a little weight to strokes gained: putting on Bermudagrass, but honing in on those getting greens in regulation should be top priority -- especially if the wind gets nasty.

Course History Studs

Harbour Town is ripe for those who weight in course history for their player selection, as a few players have played excellently here relative to the rest of their career performance.

Branden Grace won in 2016 and finished 7th the year prior and 11th last year, via SmartGolfBets, but he will not be playing this week, due to the expected birth of his first child.

Russell Knox's four finishes read 9th, 18th, 2nd, and 11th.

Luke Donald, though, really stands out. The 40-year-old Englishman's results since 2009? Kind of hard to believe: 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 37th, 3rd, 2nd, 15th, and 2nd. Via DataGolf, Donald's +2.62 adjusted strokes gained average at Harbour Town GL trails only Grace's +2.79.

Jim Furyk is another veteran with great results here (+2.15 adjusted strokes gained average earned through two wins since 2010 (2010 and 2015), plus three other top-25 finishes (21st in 2011, 8th in 2012, and 7th in 2014). Furyk didn't play here in 2016 and missed the cut in 2017, however.

Matt Kuchar has ripped off four top-11 finishes in a row: win, 5th, 9th, 11th. William McGirt has three top 10s over the past four years (9th, 31st, 9th, 3rd).