Before a short layoff, The PGA heads to Seaside Island Resort in Georgia, for The 2019 RSM Classic. This is a very different type of event, with two courses being involved. Through Thursday and Friday, each golfer will play one round on The Plantation Course (Par 72, 7,058 yards) and one round on The Seaside Course (Par 70, 7,005 yards). Then for the weekend, the tournament’s final two rounds will be played on The Seaside Course. So, with three of the four rounds being played at The Seaside course, this is the course we need to focus on. First and foremost, it is a par 70, which means there are 12 par fours and only two par fives. This puts a heavy weight on par four play. Last year’s winner, Austin Cook (-21), led the field in par four scoring and all of the last five RSM Classic winners have been T6 or better in scoring on these holes.
Next, this may seem like a very short track that could be dominated by bombers, but it is actually the complete opposite. The fairways are very narrow and most players will be clubbing down to help themselves avoid trouble. Keeping the driver in your bag naturally makes you more accurate, but these fairways are so tough to hit, that I still believe we should target players who are always finding the short grass. (Cook ranked T4 in fairways found) As you can tell from Cook’s final score, you need to be converting birdies at a high clip to take home the big check in Georgia. All of the last five champs have led their fields in total birdies and each of them ranked T12 or better in PPR on these Bermuda grass greens. This a full field of 156 players and there will be a normal top 70 and ties cut line on Friday. So, good luck to everyone and have a nice Thanksgiving. I’ll be back in a few weeks, when The PGA Tour returns. @Hunta512.
CT Pan: (9,700)
Pan has been a perfect fit for this course the past two years. In 2016, he posted a T6 and then in 2017, he produced a T13. These were his first two starts at The Seaside Resort. Last week, Pan finished T16th at The Mayakoba Golf Classic. This was his 12th made cut in a row and his 10th top 30 in his last 15 starts.
He is gaining 3.9 SG per start so far this fall and ranks 2nd in fairways gained, 8th in GIR, and 9th in BOB%. His putting can volatile, but the rest of his game is in such good form, that Pan should absolutely make the cut and post a top 30 this week. The price is at an all-time high, but Pan is one of the safest plays in this pool, that needs to be in your cash game lineup.
Jim Furyk: (8,200)
Old man Furyk missed the cut in his first start of the season (at The Shriners), but looked great last week, with a T6 at The Mayakoba. His tee to green game was nearly flawless in this start, ranking T2 in GIR and 1st in fairways found. (10.2 SGT) He has now made five of his last six cuts, dating back to last summer. His short and mistake free golf game has been a match made in heaven at The RSM Classic over the years. Furyk never missed a cut here in three tries and has finishes of T11, T6, and T3, with the T3 coming in his most recent start at Seaside, two years ago.
Over his last 24 rounds, he has found fairways and greens consistently (2nd in DA% and 6th in GIR), while also scoring very well on par fours. (11th in SG on P4s) Finally, not only has Furyk always been a steady putter, but he has positive splits on Bermuda greens. He should find himself inside the cutline on Friday and is a decent bet for a top 20 this weekend. (50/1, via Bovada)
Stewart Cink: (7,700)
Cink is your nice and cheap cut maker value of the week. He has only failed to make one cut in his last ten events and is 5/7 in RSM Classics, including a T10 in 2016 and T25 last year. He is averaging 3.8 SGT in his last ten starts and ranks 13th in DA%, 4th in GIR, and 23rd in BOB% this fall.
Also, when looking at his putting history, Cink is only positive in SGP on Bermuda grass. He hasn’t teed it up competitively in almost a month, but the veteran should be just fine and make the cut this week.
J.J. Spaun: (10,400)
Last week at The Mayakoba Classic, Spaun was terrific, finishing T3rd, behind a high 81.9% GIR rate, which was tied for the second best in the field. He has made his last ten cuts and has finished T10, T15, and T3 in his last three starts. Spaun was the runner up here last season and in this red hot form, he should be in contention come Sunday. (22/1, via Bovada)
Lucas Glover: (9,900)
Glover has gone 3/3 to open the season and has progressed in every start. (T17, T14, and T7) He has always been an elite ball striker and this season has been no different. (9th in SGT2G, 23rd in SG APP, and 7.2 SGT) Glover has only missed one cut here in six appearances and that MC came in his Seaside debut, back in 2010. He has actually gained strokes putting in back to back events and if he can continue to do so this week, Glover has top ten upside in this weak field.
Sam Ryder: (8,600)
Ryder has made 11 of his last 12 cuts and has two top fives so far this fall. His stats have been excellent, ranking 5th in SGT2G, 10th in SG APP, 23rd in BOB%, 31st in P4 scoring, and 22nd in SGP. Last season, in his first start at this event, Ryder posted a lackluster T61, but he is a completely different player this time around. He can be wild off the tee (106th in DA%), which is concerning, but with the rest of his game at a very high level, Ryder has the potential for a top 20 in any given week.
Bill Haas: (7,800)
Remember when Haas was always a lock to make the cut, no matter the tournament? Well, it seems like he may have somewhat regained his form this season, after a very ugly 2017-18 campaign. He is 3/3 in made cuts and has already posted two top 15s. His T60 showing at The Mayakoba could have been better, but Haas is 4/5 at RSM Classics, with three top 25s, including a 2nd place back in 2010.
Anders Albertson: (7,300)
Never playing here introduces some risk with Albertson, but he is 3/3 so far in his first full time PGA season and ranks 9th in SGT2G, 6th in SG APP, 22nd in fairways gained, 8th in BS, and 29th in SG on P4s over his last 17 rounds. We can’t expect a high finish, but I think Albertson will make the cut and have a respectable RSM debut.
Ted Potter Jr.: (6,900)
Similar to Furyk and Cink, Potter’s old school golf game sets up well for Seaside. He is 2/3 at this track, with his best finish being a T13 just last season. Potter has made seven of his last eight cuts and he should be playing on the weekend in Georgia.
Tyler Duncan: (6,100)
Duncan has been all over the place, making only three of his last seven cuts, but he put up a decent T38 last week at The Mayakoba, mostly due to some strong iron play. (T5 in GIR) In his lone start at this tournament, last season, Duncan produced a T25. Don’t expect this kind of result, but there is a chance that could make the cut again, which would be an tremendous return, considering his close to bare minimum price.
*Please note that most of these rankings are from Fantasynational.com