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RSM Classic - Tournament Preview

RSM Classic - Tournament Preview

The PGA Tour stops off in Georgia this week for the RSM Classic. The event is played over 2 courses with the opening 36 holes at the Plantation Course and the final 2 rounds at The Seaside Course. The Plantation course is a parklands style course with large creeks and lakes a key feature along with dense oak and cedar trees. Plantation is easier than the Seaside Course so you can really set yourself up early.

Given its name you’d expect sea breezes to impact scoring on the Seaside course. A links style course with undulating fairways and fast greens. You need precision irons and strong course management along with the ability to scramble. Accuracy is the name of the game this week to get yourself into contention. 

Date: 17-20 November, 2022
Course: Seaside Course and Plantation Course, Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, Georgia
Length: Seaside 6,405 Meters; Plantation 6,455 Meters
Par: Seaside 70; Plantation 72
Greens: Bermuda
Defending Champion: Talor Gooch (not playing - Switched to the LIV Tour)

Key Course Stats 

  • Strokes Gained: Around The Green
  • Strokes Gained: Putting
  • Putting Average
  • Scrambling
  • Par 4 Scoring
  • Birdie or Better
  • Driving Accuracy
  • Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
  • Proximity

Key Correlation Tournaments

  • Bermuda Championship
  • Sony Open
  • Charles Schwab Challenge
  • RBC Heritage
  • Honda Classic

Our Thoughts

Seamus Power: In-form Irishman who won in Bermuda before finishing T-3 in Mayakoba. So form is great. Finished T-3 at the Sony Open earlier in the year too. Ranks 6th in Putting Average and 9th in Birdie or Better this season.

Keith Mitchell: Big hitter who profiles well here, perhaps a little surprisingly. Ranks 20th in Scrambling. Finished Top 14 in the last two Sony Opens and has won the Honda Classic. 

Brendan Todd: Excellent player who does win when in contention. Ranks 3rd in Strokes Gained: Putting, 7th in Driving Accuracy, 8th in Proximity and 14th in Scrambling. Best putting is on Bermuda and Top 8 finishes in the Charles Schwab the last two years is another tick.

Russell Knox: Four Top 40 finishes from six starts here. Top 15 finishes at the Bermuda, Sony and Charles Schwab the last 12 months suggests this is a tourney that will suit.

Ryan Armour: One of the best ball-strikers on Tour finds a course that sits. Finished last season leading the Tour in Driving Accuracy and Proximity. Two Top 23 finishes his last three cracks here.

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