The first round at Hilton Head is in the books and your leader is Ian Poulter (-7) after Day 1 at the RBC Heritage. Not too many surprises on Day 1. We saw the resurgence of Webb Simpson (-6), who is T3 after shooting a 65 on Thursday. Remember, Simpson was cut from the Charles Schwab Challenge last week. So with Round 1 over, we can look ahead to Friday’s Showdown contest on DraftKings. Here are some picks I’m looking at on Day 2.
Webb Simpson ($9,200)
Everybody can rest easy because last week was just a fluke. Simpson is back and he’s sniffing the lead after the first round at Hilton Head. Simpson’s bounced back after missing the cut at Colonial. So at this point, we’re getting a huge discount on Simpson, who probably should be priced closer to $10K. Among golfers $9K or higher, Simpson had far-and-away the best Day 1. Webb did struggle on Day 2 last year at Harbour Town, plus weather could be an issue. I’ll still take the savings.
Brooks Koepka ($8,300)
Koepka went a little under the radar at Harbour Town and came in at really low ownership in most Classic GPPs. This is Showdown, so it’s a little bit different. Still, we get a really good price on a golfer who struggled with his approach at Charles Schwab last week. Approach looks fine for Koepka through the first round at 4-under. If Koepka handled bogey’d on 13 and 14 in the first round, he’d be up at the top of the leaderboard. If he cleans up those mistakes, his second round could be big.
Ian Poulter ($8,000)
Poulter’s first round was really clean and I don’t see a reason to shy away from him in Round 2. We knew he had good course history at Hilton Head and it’s showing — not just for him but other golfers as well. Poulter carded seven birdies on Day 1 for a 64. If we look back to last year, Poulter didn’t get going until the second round with back-to-back 67s on Friday and Saturday. My only concern would be weather on Friday, but that will likely impact everyone.
Corey Conners ($7,400)
I played around with a lot of $7K guys for this pick. J.T. Poston ($7,500) and Harry English ($7,600) also had really strong Round 1s and have a good track record at the RBC Heritage. But I like Conners (-3) a lot given his recent form and his first round. Had it not been for a bad putt on Hole 7 for Par, Conners would have had a really clean round. He mellowed out on the back-9, so if he can get more aggressive in Round 2 and sink some putts, Conners has potential to jump up into the top of the leaderboard.