DraftKings weekend golf is back. The RBC Heritage is at its halfway point now, and if you thought Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jim Furyk were good plays on Thursday, you’re ready to build a brand new team of six golfers so you can watch the action unfold all weekend long. If you’re a
borderline psychopath true degenerate overzealous golf fan, you can even dabble in the Euro version of weekend games this week!
Graham DeLaet ($7,500) has cruised to 10-under par after two sub-70 rounds to open the RBC Heritage. But don’t roster DeLaet based on what he’s done the first two rounds, because finishing position doesn’t matter in weekend golf. It’s all about birdies, baby. Per our Player Models, DeLaet’s 13.1 Long-Term Adjusted Birdies Per Tournament (LT Adj Bird Avg) is tied for 27th in the field. His 7.7 Recent Adj Bird Avg however — accumulated in his three most recent tournaments — is somewhat frightening: It’s one of the 30 worst scores in the field.
DeLaet was a combined one-over par in his two weekend rounds at this course last year.
Always a Bridesmaid
Luke Donald ($8,500) has managed to be a runner-up at Harbour Town four times without ever managing to put on the winner’s plaid jacket. Donald has predictably looked sharp in his opening two rounds, positioning himself well for another run at the title. Along the way, Donald has thrown in a three-hole birdie streak and an eagle, both of which do great things for weekend golf scoring.
In the last four years, Donald has shot under-par in six of his eight weekend rounds, accumulating a total score of 17-under par on the weekend. He has not shot a single weekend round over par in that stretch.
The Bump and Run
Choke up and take a narrow stance.
Branden Grace ($9,500): Grace enters the weekend at three-under par, well behind the tournament leaders. While that might be bad news for Grace, it’s great news for DraftKings’ weekend players because Grace will need to go really low if he wants to defend his title this weekend. In Grace’s championship effort last year, he totaled seven-under par on the weekend, including a beautiful 66 on Sunday. Per our Trends tool, Grace has produced the best Plus/Minus at Harbour Town among golfers who have played more than one tournament here: +39.04.
Martin Kaymer ($9,200): Kaymer carded a healthy seven birdies in Round 1 but two bogeys and one double bogey hurt his score. A weekend eagle is worth +6.0 points, and there’s nobody better than Kaymer when it comes to finding the large bird: His 0.7 Adjusted Eagles Per Tournament tops this field. Kaymer has shot at least one weekend round of 69 or better in nine straight tournaments.
Russell Knox ($8,200): Knox didn’t look great in Round 1, managing just two birdies to go along with one bogey. He found his typical Harbour Town form on Saturday, however, carding six birdies and finishing the round at five-under par. Knox has not finished worse than in 18th place at this track in three trips and has two top-10 finishes, including a runner-up last year. Five of Knox’s six weekend rounds here have been under par, and he has shot a total of 11-under on the weekend at Harbour Town. Knox’s 13.7 LT Adj Bird Avg is 17th in the field.
Patrick Cantlay ($7,800): Cantlay shot a modest one-under par in his opening round, but that has left him in good chasing position for the weekend. Cantlay’s 18.0 Recent Adj Bird Avg is second in the field. He totaled eight-under par on the weekend with two rounds of 68 or better at the Valspar Championship in March.
Webb Simpson ($7,700): Simpson flew under the radar for the tournament-long slate, averaging just 4.76 percent ownership according to our DFS Ownership dashboard. It will be interesting to see how owners react to him for the weekend slate after he went eight-under par in the first two rounds, including a savage five birdies in a row on the front nine in Round 1. Simpson shot two rounds of 75 on the weekend at Harbour Town last year and was eight-over par for the weekend. Simpson’s 6.3 Recent Adj Bird Avg accumulated in his last four tournaments is one of the 20 worst scores in this field.
Rafael Campos ($7,400): Campos’ massive 22.0 Recent Adj Bird Avg is the best score in the field. He has shot 69 or better in four of his last six weekend rounds and has two top-10 finishes in his two most recent events on the PGA Tour.
Zac Blair ($7,400): If you’re searching for players likely to go low this weekend, you may want to consider scratching Blair off your list: He has just one weekend round under-par here in the last two years and has totaled nine-over par on the weekend during that time. Blair’s 10.9 LT Adj Bird Avg is one of the worst scores in the field.
Good luck and enjoy the weekend action!