The PGA TOUR heads to Sea Island Resort in St. Simons Island, Georgia, and 2021 RSM Classic odds include some big names. The tournament is the final event of the calendar year where FedEx Cup points can be earned for the 2021-22 season.
The RSM Classic is played on two courses, the par-70 Seaside Course and the par-72 Plantation Course. This event began in 2010 and six of the 11 tournaments have gone to a playoff, including each of the last three with winning scores of 19-under-par each year.
Last year’s event drew the strongest field in its history due to its spot in the schedule following the fall rendition of The Masters Tournament. This year’s event is solid again with more than 15 players from the top 50 in the world rankings competing in the 156-player field.
2021 RSM Classic Odds
Notable Golfers in 2021 RSM Classic Odds
Webb Simpson is an annual favorite, and he has four top-10 finishes in the event and a pair of playoff losses including two years ago when Tyler Duncan won. Last year’s champion was another longshot playoff winner as Robert Streb prevailed over Kevin Kisner with Cameron Tringale one-stroke out of the playoff in third place following a low round of the day 62 on Sunday. Streb has won the event twice for his only two wins on the PGA TOUR, and he finished T5 at last week’s Houston Open.
Simpson has fallen to No. 26 in the world rankings, and the top-ranked players in the field include:
- Louis Oosthuizen (9)
- Harris English (12)
- Scottie Scheffler (17)
- Jason Kokrak (22)
- Cameron Smith (23)
- Sungjae Im (25)
- Webb Simpson (26)
Sea Island member Harris English is a two-time PGA TOUR winner in 2021 including at the Travelers Championship, but he makes his first start since withdrawing from the CJ Cup last month win a back injury.
Scottie Scheffler finished T2 in last week’s Houston Open, which was won by Jason Kokrak. Scheffler is still pushing for his first PGA TOUR win, and he makes his second start in the RSM Classic having finished T5 in 2019.
Louis Oosthuizen‘s last missed cut on TOUR was at last year’s RSM Classic in his tournament debut. Cameron Smith is making his Sea Island debut, and the Aussie rides a solid form streak of six top 20s in his last seven events.
Kevin Kisner (37) has been an ideal fit at Sea Island with leading strokes gained stats performances and top short game while winning the event with a record score in 2015 and finishing runner-up last year. He’s a former Georgia Bulldog, and played the Seaside Course all four years in college as it hosted the SEC Championships.
Other top-ranked players include major champions Justin Rose (45) and Stewart Cink (48), along with Canadian and 2017 RSM champion Mackenzie Hughes (50), who cracked the top-50 in the world rankings last month for the first time.
Fellow Canadian Corey Connors (36) is in the field and completing his most consistent year on the TOUR while moving up the world golf rankings. Connors finished top 10 in the RSM last year with weekend rounds of 66-64. Joaquin Niemann (30), Max Homa (33) and Adam Scott (40) add to the quality field with the tournament’s second straight year of at least 15 players ranked in the top 50 of the world.
Other popular players include Lee Westwood (38) and Sea Island area course specialists Matt Kuchar and Seaside resident and former Masters Champion Zach Johnson, who has been a top-10 finisher in the event multiple times. Also, other area residents and notable players include 2018 RSM champion Charles Howell, Brian Harman (56), Russell Henley (56), Chris Kirk, Patton Kizzire, JT Poston and 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover.
Other players in the field who have multiple top-10 finishes in the event include Andrew Landry, Hennrik Norlander, Patrick Rodgers, Vaughn Taylor and Camilo Villegas.
Course and Tournament Info
- Course: Sea Island Resort (Seaside and Plantation Course)
- Location: St. Simons Island, GA
- Date: Nov. 18-21 2022
- Seaside: Par: 70 / 7,005 Yards – Plantation: Par 72 / 7,060 Yards
- Purse: $6.7 Million / Winner $1.2 Million
- Fairways/Rough: Bermudagrass,Platinum paspalum / Bermudagrass
- Greens: Bermudagrass (TifEagle)
- TV: Golf Channel
- Twitter: @TheRSMClassic
2022 President’s Cup Captain Davis Love III is playing as tournament host of the event. He’s a resident of Sea Island, and Love did a total redesign of the Plantation Course in Oct. 2019. Water is in play on more than half the holes on each course, and the Plantation Course has nearly twice as many sand bunkers (81) and hazards than the Seaside Course, which has larger greens (average 7,200 square feet). The Seaside Course was a re-design by Tom Fazio in 1999, and it has more slopes on the greens with sweeping dunes mixed with native grasses, wildflowers, and bunkers surrounding the green complexes. Players will have to handle more crosswinds and weekend weather projected to have greater than 15 MPH winds plus the ocean breeze.
Check out the Seaside and Plantation courses with a hole-by-hole description, photos and stats. The golfers will alternate playing each course on Thursday and Friday, and the 65 players plus ties who make the cut will play the weekend on the oceanside Scottish links style Seaside Course. The seaside gem near the Atlantic has ocean views and meanders through marshlands and lakes with water or marshes coming in play on most of the holes. Premium shot-making and accuracy off the tee is required for success.
Be sure to check out TheLines power rankings as they are posted mid-week. Kevin Kisner and Webb Simpson are the Strokes Gained: Total leaders on the Seaside Course with at least 20 rounds under their belt. Kisner’s Short Game and Putting stats both rank top two and his Tee-to-Green stats are top 10 on the Seaside Course. Simpson is top two in Tee-to-Green and Ball Striking, and top five in Off-the-Tee and Approach.
Brian Gay and Chris Kirk are also top five in this field in SG: Total on the Seaside Course with strengths in Short Game, Putting and also Ball Striking and Approach. Andrew Landry is also top five in SG: Total with top-10 ranking in Ball Striking, Around the Green, Tee-to-Green and Off-the-Tee.
Connors, Simpson, Howell, English and 2020 RSM winner Tyler Duncan are among the top leaders in Greens in Regulation Gained at the Seaside Course.
- Fairways Gained
- Greens in Regulation Gained
- Birdies or Better Gained
- SG: Ball Striking
- SG: Total (short courses)
- SG: Putting (Bermuda and fast greens)
Shorter Bermuda comp courses include Sedgefield CC and Waialae CC, along with nearby Harbour Town Golf Links.
Players will club down more with distance having essentially no advantage. Ball striking strength and controlling trajectory, hitting fairways and greens and making more putts outside 15 feet will determine the leaders this week.
Golfers To Watch
Corey Connors ()
Connors returns to action off a layoff and is a good course fit at Seaside, where he shot 66-64 over the weekend last year to finish T10 and was No. 3 in the field in SG: Approach on the Seaside Course. Connors concludes a super season in which he posted eight top 10s and 19 top-25 finishes while ranking top 10 in greens in regulation and among the very best on the TOUR in driving accuracy at nearly 70%. His Tee-to-Green, Off-the-Tee, Ball Striking and Approach stats all rank top 10 in this field over his last 50 rounds. Connors is also top five in Good Drives Gained, Fairways Gained and GIR Gained, and a good week putting should have the Canadian cashing in similar to his top-five finish at nearby comp course Harbour Town.
Joel Dahmen ()
Here’s a coastal specialist who can play in the wind and enters with better form and confidence off a T5 last week in Houston. Dahmen does better on bermuda and on less-than-driver courses, although his results in the RSM are not special. But his stats are fine and above average at Seaside, and going back six months, he’s consistently gained strokes Off-the-Tee, Approach and Tee-to-Green. Dahmen needs to avoid the sand, his weakness, and putt better but the potential is there with an expected better finish ahead.
Denny McCarthy ()
Short-game specialist Denny McCarthy rewarded us last week as a golfer to watch with a strong final round and T11 finish in Houston at huge odds. He’s near triple-digit odds to win again this week where in eight rounds on the Seaside Course he ranks top 10 in SG: Putting, Short Game and Total. On trickier and more difficult to read greens, we trust McCarthy’s magic with the flat stick will payoff again. McCarthy finished T8 here two years ago, and with better ball striking and approach play, he can get into the mix and push towards the leaderboard again with another top-20 finish in range.
Davis Thompson ()
Thompson gets in the field on a sponsor’s exemption, and he’s the son of the RSM Tournament Director. But he’s no stranger to the Seaside Course, having played it dozens of times including during the SEC Championships where he starred at Georgia. Thompson finished T23 in the 2019 RSM in his first PGA TOUR start while still an amateur, and he led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green in the three rounds at Seaside and also ranked top five in Scrambling and Par-5 Scoring. The Saint Simons Island resident can play and is a rising golfer to watch this week.