MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Course: Sea Island Golf Club
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
When: Thursday, Nov. 21-24, 2019
This week, we are breaking down the RSM Classic, which is the PGA Tour Golf Tournament that takes place each year in Saint Simons Island, Georgia.
The tournament has been around since 2010 when it first debuted. Originally, the tournament was known as the McGladrey Classic, until 2015 when its name changed with the sponsor to the RSM Classic.
Last year, Charles Howell beat Patrick Rogers in a playoff to win the 2018 RSM Classic. The year prior, Austin Cook shot a -21 to beat JJ Spaun by 4 strokes.
RSM Classic Overview
The RSM Classic is played at the Sea Island Golf Club. The tournament will be played mainly on the Seaside Course but they will play the Plantation Course on either Thursday or Friday due to the number of golfers in the tournament.
Those who make the cut will play the entire weekend on the Seaside Course. That being said, we need to know info on both the Plantation and the Seaside to get the best shot at cashing in with a winner.
The Seaside Course was originally designed by Harry Colt and Charles Allison in 1929. The course was resigned 1 year after the Plantation Course, in 1999, by Tom Fazio.
As with any Fazio course, it will play fast and will require accuracy. The way the Seaside Course is set up, the wind always seems to affect the play so make sure you are taking that into consideration when handicapping your golfers.
The course is a par 70 that measures roughly 7,055 yards. The greens are very big, but they are fast so a good putter will be a necessity come Saturday and Sunday. The fairways are large and will be easy for most golfers to hit.
The Plantation Course was designed by Walter Travis and originally opened for play in 1928. The course was redesigned in 1998 by Rees Jones and is now commonly called the “Parkland by the Sea”.
The course is situated in a thick array of oak and cedar trees. There are plenty of water hazards on this course so golfers must be accurate to make sure they are hitting fairways and greens and not ending up in the water. The course measures 7,058 yards and is littered with bunkers.
RMS Classic Cut Info
There will be a normal cut for this event. There are 152 golfers that will start this tournament on Thursday but only the top 70 plus ties will play the weekend.
RSM Classic System Attributes
The main attributes that we are looking at for this week are Strokes Gained: Putting, Greens In Reg and Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green. The past winners in the tournament have all ranked high in these categories and found success with those attributes.
We will also pay attention to Par 4 Scoring, Birdie or Better % and Scrambling, in no particular order. Scrambling is probably the most important of those three but all three have their benefits.
- Driving Accuracy
- Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
- Strokes Gained: Putting
- Greens In Reg
- Birdie or Better %
RSM Classic Golfers
This tournament has a relatively weak field, mainly consisting of younger up and coming talent looking to break into the PGA Tour.
Billy Horschel 14/1 – I normally rarely, if ever, give out a golfer at these odds but this week, I am very confident in Billy Horschel’s ability to win this tournament. I think he can not only win the tournament but he can run away with it and win by a country mile. This tournament really isn’t a strong field and with his talents, he should totally dominate. I know the odds suck but if you throw a few units on him, similar to what we said with Tyrrell Hatton a few weeks back, then it all pays off in the end.
Denny McCarthy 55/1 – If you are looking for a golfer with more of a value base, then look no further than Denny McCarthy. McCarthy has the experience of playing here 2 years in a row and while he didn’t compete in either year, we are seeing a much improved McCarthy playing right now and in great form. McCarthy has finished inside the Top 18 in 4 of his last 5 tournaments and with this being a weak field, he may sneak in and surprise a few people.
Dylan Frittelli 35/1 – Dylan Frittelli is playing here for the first time and comes in with great form. He finished 11th place last week at the Mayakoba Classic and I truly believe that he has a great chance to compete this week. He already has a win this year, taking home the trophy at the John Deer Classic and could rank himself among the best on the PGA Tour with another win here this week.