rsm classic

This week’s PGA Tour tournament is the RSM Classic, which has become a traditional feature on the schedule at this time of year.

And it should be a very interesting betting heat, a wide-open event in many ways with a number of big names (almost all of them) not attending, and a PGA Tour maiden (Scottie Scheffler) heading the market at a short price.

Here’s a preview of the action in the “Peach State” from the Golf Insider

RSM Classic: The Tournament 

A relative newcomer to the PGA Tour in that it was first played in 2010 (as the McGladrey Classic) and now, since 2015, as the RSM Classic. And like several other events in the US at this time of year, we’re not going to be bowled over with masses of top talent, but what we are going to see is a good mix of seasoned pros – “journeyman” for want of a better word – perennial bridesmaids, and a number of rookies and youngsters keen to make a name for themselves. No surprise that the roll of honour here in Georgia reads like less of a “Who’s Who” of golf… more simply, just “Who?”.

RSM Classic: The Course

Two courses are being used this week. There’s the host venue, the Sea Island GC, laid out over 7,005 yards as a par 70. This was the only course used from 2010 to 2014 and was put together by Tom Fazio – who merged two previous par-9 courses on the site in 1999 to create one 18-hole layout. Then from 2015 onwards the Plantation Course, which is a 7,058 yard par 72, was added. This course was first opened in 1926, designed by Walter Travis, and has been updated in recent years, most noticeably by Rees Jones in 1998. Players now play each course once over Thursday and Friday, and then play out the weekend at Sea Island. Both are situated at Saint Simons Island on the Eastern seaboard of the US in Georgia.

72 hole record: 260 – Kevin Kisner, 2015.

18 hole record: 60 – Tommy Gainey, 2012.

RSM Classic: Past winners

2020: Robert Streb
2019: Tyler Duncan
2018: Charles Howell
2017: Austin Cook
2016: Mackenzie Hughes

RSM Classic: The Field

A standard PGA Tour field of 156 players tee it up this week, with Scottie Scheffler the $15 market leader with TopSport.

RSM Classic: The Weather

A mainly dry week is expected with a rain forecast of 10%-10%-20%-20% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the high-60s, hindered by partial cloud cover all week. Maximum wind speeds will range between 12-17mph over the four days.

RSM Classic: The Bets
Tyler Duncan – currently $151 with TopSport

Duncan won here in 2019, the 32-year-old’s only PGA Tour victory to date. But straight away that puts a tick in the course form box. Duncan has also been playing some solid golf recently, finishing 14th in the Sanderson Farms and Top 30 last week in Houston. Duncan’s game is based on being arrow-straight off the tee, and his success, or otherwise, then depends on his iron play and performance on the greens. Now on his last three starts he’s been Top 20 for Greens-In-Regulation, and so if he just brush up his putting, then his good memories of Sea Island will most definitely boost his performance. Duncan is another at big odds who will look at this week as a perfect opportunity to strike while the big names are missing, and at a place he’s won before, he also makes it onto the staking place this week.

Cameron Davis – currently $126 with TopSport

The Aussie, Davis, could prove to be the pick of the bunch this week. A winner on the PGA Tour as recently as July (Rocket Mortgage Classic) the 26-year-old is a far better talent than odds of 125/1 suggest. As with Landry, I’m not going to worry too much about a missed weekend in Texas, as prior to that Davis had made eight cuts in his last nine starts, including that win in Michigan, and had posted three Top 30’s along the way – which would have been four but for a poor R3 in the CJ Cup. Davis probably has the best tee-to-green numbers of all the players I’m backing this week, and this makes his odds all the more appealing. What drags his price down are MC’s on his two visits to date to Sea Island, and this has to borne in mind – hence the small stake. But Davis is a very interesting runner for me this week, and could just prove to be the best value of the lot.

The Golf Insider is a GUN. Look at these winners, all since the start of 2020...

Martin Laird $201, Rasmus Hojgaard $151, Mark Hubbard $126, Marc Warren $101, Sam Burns $67, Tyrell Hatton $51, Peter Malnati $46, John Catlin $46, Talor Gooch $41, Harold Varner $36, Harris English $34, Robert Macintyre $31, Adri Arnaus $26, Connor Syme $26, Scott Jamieson $24, JB Holmes $21, Seamus Power $21, Dustin Johnson $21

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