Expert Picks: 2016 RBC Heritage


This week the 2016 fantasy golf season heads to South Carolina, as 132 players tee it up at the RBC Heritage. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Jason Day: Finally breaking through in Florida and winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he showed us his game is becoming  suited to win anywhere. He still looks on form and full of confidence.

Group 2: Matt Kuchar: Going with horses for courses, his strong recent history at Hilton Head, with the victory there two years ago and the T-5 last year.

Group 3: Luke Donald: Something about Hilton Head inspires Luke Donald, with lots of runs into contention there. Seems like it will be a good place for him to find some mojo.

Group 4: Bryson DeChambeau: DeChambeau makes  large impressions wherever he goes. He’ll make another memorable one in his pro debut on Hilton Head Island.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Jason Day: The world No. 1 ended his victory streak with a tie for 10th last week at Augusta National. Have to like his chances of picking up where he left off this week at the Heritage.

Group 2: Matthew Fitzpatrick: Stellar 67 on Sunday at the Masters lifted him into a tie for seventh and he’s closing in on PGA Tour status.

Group 3: Brendon de Jonge: Not a lot in his game to suggest he’s close to a course change (five missed cuts in his last six starts), but he finished 18th last year at Hilton Head and windy conditions, which are forecast, favor his ball striking.

Group 4: Aaron Baddeley: The Australian continues to make strides with swing coach Todd Hamilton and he’s shown flashes of solid play this year with top-10 finishes in Puerto Rico and at Torrey Pines.

Nick Menta

Group 1: Paul Casey: He's finished in the top 10 in three of his last four starts, including at the Masters, and has the fifth-best scoring average at Harbour Town over the last 10 years.

Group 2: Matt Kuchar: The 2013 RBC Heritage champion has three top-11 finishes this year, cracked the top 25 at the Masters, and has the most birdies at this event over the last two years, with 40.

Group 3: Luke Donald: He's a combined 36 under at this event over that last five years. That's five strokes better than any other player over that span. Though he hasn't won at Harbour Town, he did get in a playoff in 2011, losing to Brandt Snedeker.

Group 4: Aaron Baddeley: The 2006 champion has three top-10s this year and has averaged the second-most birdies and eagles per round at Harbour Town over the last 10 years, behind only Donald.