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NBC Predictor: RBC Heritage

by Josh Culp

Golf Channel (NBC Sports Predictor App)

The Golf Channel has an exciting fantasy golf game for 2019.

The format is simple as you pick six head-to-head matchups. Then you pick a winner and winning score. 

The winner/winners split this week's prize of $1,500. Anyone that earns 60 points for the week is also given an entry to the FootJoy $100,000 Championship which is a multi-week elimination-style contest that will take place later in the season. 

We will provide our picks for the format below and then provide some notes about why we chose our matchup picks or why we like a certain golfer to win. 

Josh Culp 
@FutureOfFantasy

Top Weekly Score: 85 pts

Matchups: 
Ian Poulter over Graeme McDowell
Xander Schauffele over Francesco Molinari
Dustin Johnson over Matt Kuchar
Bryson DeChambeau over Jordan Spieth
Tommy Fleetwood over Luke Donald
Jim Furyk over Brandt Snedeker

Winner: 
Bryson DeChambeau (-12)

 

Josh's Notes: 

Motivation can be a powerful tool which makes G-Mac a tempting option (trying to play his way into key majors) but Poulter has beat McDowell in 10-of-14 rounds over the last year when they've played in the same tournament. 

Schauffele admitted that Harbour Town isn't the ideal fit for him but the fact that he's still showing up is evidence that he wants to round out his game. As for Molinari, he's never finished better than T22 in four tries here and may be a bit exhausted after playing in the final group last week. 

DJ vs Kuchar is a battle of skill versus course fit. Johnson is the best golfer in the world, in my opinion but Kuchar has a win and eight other top 25s on his Heritage resume. I will side with talent here and choose DJ. 

It's tempting to jump back on Spieth before he really pops but overall he's still searching for his lost form. What's the biggest problem for Spieth? He's hit fewer fairways than the field in 13 of his last 15 rounds played. That could be a problem at Harbour Town were placement off the tee is crucial. 

Next up is Fleetwood versus Donald. Looking at performance over the last year I have Fleetwood 1.64 shots better per round than Donald. Over the course of four days, that is more than six shots. I'm not sure Donald's elite course history can close that gap. 

Lastly, is a battle of two grinders. Furyk and Snedeker both have wins on their Heritage resume. Furyk actually has two and also arrives with a bit better form. I like the upside of both this week but I think Furyk provides a bit more consistency. 

 

Mo Yoshimoto 
@Bears3423” 

Top Weekly Score: 65 pts

Matchups: 
Ian Poulter over Graeme McDowell
Francesco Molinari over Xander Schauffele
Dustin Johnson over Matt Kuchar
Bryson DeChambeau over Jordan Spieth
Tommy Fleetwood over Luke Donald
Brandt Snedeker over Jim Furyk

Winner: 
Kevin Kisner (-12)

 

Mo's Notes: 

Tiger Woods secured a win for me in this space last week so let's see if we can make it two in a row.

Speaking of, I was impressed with Ian Poulter's 68 to Woods' 67 while paired together on Moving Day at the Masters, both 43-year-old's by the way, and Poulter was the 54-hole leader here last year (by one), before fading to T7 with 4-over 75 in high winds on Sunday.

With inclement weather and high winds in the forecast again this week, particularly on Friday, I'm still going to roster Poulter elsewhere but will head off in a different direction for my winner's pick.

Kisner won the WGC-Match Play two starts ago and finished a personal-best T21 last week at Augusta National, opening and closing with 69s. 

Last year, he finished T7 here after a solo 2nd at the Match Play and T28 at the Masters, so we're on about the same trajectory.

The year prior, Kisner was T3 thru 54 holes before 74 for T11, and also closed with bogey-free 64 in 2015 to match Jim Furyk on 18-under, eventually losing in extra time.

Two years ago, Wesley Bryan became the first South Carolina native to win the Heritage in its then-49-year history, and I see Aiken native Kisner becoming the second. 

Josh Culp
Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.