19th Nov - 22nd Nov
Dustin Johnson’s phenomenal victory at Augusta underlined his recent ascendancy to golfing dominance. His record-shattering efforts represented a new high-point in the Floridians’ career.
I always enjoy the week post-Major. It’s a time where players can loosen up and not agonize over every individual shot.
Formerly known as the McGladrey Classic, this will be the 11th RSM Classic.
A number of last week’s contestants have decided to stick around in Georgia this week, making it the strongest renewal of this event to date.
This will be a far different test to Augusta, with two short, strategic courses replacing the Augusta behemoth.
This event was originally played solely at the Seaside Course. But two years back this event became a two-course event, which led to an increased field size.
The Seaside Course is exposed to the elements and plays like a traditional seaside link. The Plantation Course - used before a first-round cut - is a tight parkland affair.
Webb Simpson makes for an obvious favourite after such a consistent campaign. I still think that 9/1 seems a little short, especially when you look at the 16/1 odds offered for Tyrell Hatton.
Sungjae Im is coming off a terrific Masters while Louis Oosthuizen once again faded over the weekend.
The likes of Fleetwood, Rose and Lowry lead a strong European contingent this week.
It’s interesting to see that defending champion Tyler Duncan is sitting at 125/1. It’s rare to see a defending champ sitting at those odds.
Elsewhere, the likes of Kevin Kisner and Zach Johnson should relish this shorter test
2019: Tyler Duncan (-19) *playoff
2018: Charles Howell III (-19) *playoff
2017: Austin Cook (-21)
2016: Mackenzie Hughes (-17) *playoff
2015: Kevin Kisner (-22)
Webb Simpson (9/1)
Tyrell Hatton (16/1)
Sungjae Im (20/1)
Tommy Fleetwood (22/1)
Russell Henley (22/1)
To Win (60/1)
It’s easy to forget that Zach Johnson hovered just slightly off the lead at last year’s US Open. He would eventually finish in a tie for 8th.
The two-time Major Champion is a class act who has struggled to adapt to what is becoming a power-hitter game. Johnson has dominated shorter courses such as Colonial and TPC Deere Run.
He has two top-ten finishes in his last three starts in this event. This is a course made for shot-makers who are able to locate the right part of the fairways.
The 2015 Open Champion is also a wind specialist and should be able to compete if the winds arrive.
To Win (55/1)
Doc Redman arrives in great form after two top 10’s in his last five starts.
A 23rd place finish here last year shows that he could be ideally suited to the test this week. He also has precedent on corollary coastal links events.
A 4th place showing in Bermuda should tell you all you need to know. Redman is exactly the sort of player who should thrive at this event.
Much like Kevin Kisner, Redman hits a lot of fairways and is deadly accurate from the fairways.
He looks great value at 55/1.
To Win (16/1)
I like Hatton, even more, considering he missed the cut at Augusta.
He was playing fine at Augusta until finding the water on the par 5 15th on Day 1. Then it kind of fell apart.
But let’s just look at the recent form of Hatton. The winner of the BMW PGA Championship captured his maiden PGA Tour title on the Bermuda at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He also finished 3rd at the RBC Heritage in June despite an opening-round 71.
He has the form and temperament to brush off last week’s disappointment.