Welcome to the PGA DFS Cash Game Plays! Every week I will outline three tiers of golfers for you (high, mid, and low price), with two to four golfers in each tier depending on the week. If I feel very strongly about certain golfers, I will provide them in my core plays at the bottom of the article. Let’s get to work.
Recap of the Masters
What a week it was this last week with the best golf event of the year. Patrick Reed somehow held off an insane Sunday round from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to claim his first green jacket. Even though he is definitely not the most popular guy on Tour, he ground out four great rounds of golf this week and beat everyone in the field. Having Chappell and Garcia miss the cut really hurt me DFS wise this week, but I was more than alright with it because of the fantastic golf we got to watch this week. Now let's get to the RBC Heritage.
This course has four par-3s and three par-5s, and everyone in the field will easily have a chance for birdie or better on two of those par-5s. This week if you are going to miss your tee shot, better miss it left, because missing right will almost certainly guarantee you an extremely difficult approach shot. One of the biggest stats we will look at this week will be Approach.
Paul Casey (Draftkings 11.3k, Fan Duel 12k, FantasyDraft 16.8k):
Paul Casey is as hot as hot gets, with his incredible run on Sunday at the Masters to almost set a new course record. His ball striking is in the top 20 in the field, and he ranks in the top 10 in approach. This course sets up nicely for his game, and should be considered a cash gameplay only, as he will be very highly owned in GPP as well.
Matt Kuchar (Draftkings 10.8k, Fan Duel 11.8k, FantasyDraft 16.2k):
Here is where course history comes into play big time. Take possible the most consistent guy on tour who is not named Paul Casey and factor in his recent results at this course: in the last four years he has tallied a T11, 9th, 5th, and a win. He has not missed a cut here since 2003 and has eight top-25s to his name at this event. A course that does not require you to be a bomber tends to be where Kuchar plays his best golf. At $500 cheaper than Casey, he makes for a great option. I will definitely have a good amount of him, but will not go way overweight on him this week.
Others to Consider
Webb Simpson (Draftkings 9.4k, Fan Duel 11.5k, FantasyDraft 15.1k)
Emiliano Grillo (Draftkings 8.6k, Fan Duel 9.6k, FantasyDraft 15k):
Grillo comes into this contest with some great recent form, coming off a 3rd place finish at the Houston Open. He is ranked in the top 10 in strokes gained-putting, as well as the top 20 in both Ball Striking and Off the Tee in the last 12 rounds. He could be somewhat chalky this week as players look to build a more balanced lineup, but as long as he is not over 30% owned in cash that chalk is well deserved.
Adam Hadwin (Draftkings 8.1k, Fan Duel 11k, FantasyDraft 15.1k):
Here is a guy who has (relatively) flown under the radar in terms of how good his game has been this season. He had four straight top 20s heading into the Masters, where one bad round stuck him back at T24th. He is in the top 10 in Approach and top five in Around the Green over the last 24 rounds, which will be key in a week that the second shot looks to be more important than the first. Hadwin is my favorite "middle of the pack" guy.
Others to Consider
Zach Johnson (Draftkings 7.9k, Fan Duel 10.3k, FantasyDraft 14.3k)
Luke Donald (Draftkings 7.7k, Fan Duel 8.8k, FantasyDraft 14.3k):
This tournament has earned the nickname of the "Luke Donald Open", because this guy has put up top 10s and top 5s consistently here. Since 2009, he has made the cut all nine times he has played here with FIVE 2nd place finishes, two 3rd place finishes, and one lone T15. This is where course history comes in, because guys who play well here do not necessarily have to be in good form, and this course proves that year after year. He will be very chalky in cash, but given that track record in years where his game has been similar to this I do not think fading in cash is advised. Even if he somehow misses the cut, the extremely high ownership should keep us from being dead in the water.
Charles Howell III (Draftkings 7.3k, Fan Duel 10.5k, FantasyDraft 14.2k):
Well hello there old friend. The man who has made this article and my lineups the most out of anyone is back and shapes up well for this course at a great price. He ranks 14th in Approach as well as 8th in the field in Ball Striking over the past 24 rounds. He has cranked out 3 top 25s here while going 7/11 total. He ranks in the top five in the field in avoiding bogeys, which will be key on a course that is not a real birdie-fest.
Others to Consider
Francesco Molinari (Draftkings 7.5k, Fan Duel 10.2k, FantasyDraft 14.6k)
Let's gear up for another fun week of DFS golf, make sure to tweet at me (@carter_kolstad7) or the FM PGA account with your winnings for this tournament!