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The Myrtle Beach Classic Predictions: Schmid in a Sweet Spot

Written by: Matt Cooper
Published May 8, 2024
10 min read
  • A brand new event on the PGA Tour

  • The excellent Dunes Course hosts in the popular Myrtle Beach golf resort

  • Matt Cooper tipped +1400 winner Brooks Koepka last week at LIV Singapore

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Ben Griffin +2200
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Erik Van Rooyen +2800
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Daniel Berger +2800
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Beau Hossler +3300
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Davis Thompson +3300
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Matt Wallace +3300
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Kyoung-Hoon Lee +3300
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Ryo Hisatsune +3300
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Justin Lower +3300
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Chan Kim +3300
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Myrtle Beach Classic 2024 Predictions

The Myrtle Beach Classic Intro

Opposite-field events have become the norm on the PGA Tour over the last two decades, but there are now more of them and this week’s event in South Carolina is new to the schedule.

The tournament looks set to become a popular one, too.

The Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed Dunes Course has plenty of threat from trees, water hazards and the wind which whips across the property from the ocean.

But it also looks fun to play, great to look at, and it will provide a tougher test than many opposite-field events tend to.

Often they are low-scoring shootouts but this week’s layout should sort the men from the boys.

Who will take the honors this week? The books aren’t sure. Let’s take a closer look.

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club Course Notes

  • The Dunes Course is a par 71 that plays to 7,347 yards

  • It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr in 1949

  • His other tour courses include Bellerive, Hazeltine, Port Royal, and Valderrama

  • There is Bermuda grass on the greens

  • Close to the ocean, this test features blustery winds

  • Many of the holes are tree-lined

  • Others have water hazards or salt marshes in play

Favorites to Win the Myrtle Beach Classic

Ben Griffin (+2200) at BetMGM

This is a lofty spot for a man in good form but yet to win on either the Korn Ferry or PGA Tour. He has, however, finished second in South Carolina, fourth in North Carolina, third at RTJ’s Port Royal, and second at the start of the season. He was 13th last week in Texas. That was a third top-20 finish in his past six starts. 

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Erik Van Rooyen (+2800) at BetMGM

The South African is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and both victories are worthy of a second glance ahead of this week. The first was the 2021 Barracuda Championship which, like this week, was an opposite-field event. The second came last year by the ocean in Mexico. He was second at PGA National earlier this year and this week’s test might play a lot like that track.

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Daniel Berger (+2800) at BetMGM

The 31-year-old from Florida remains on the comeback trail after injury wrecked his progress into the higher echelons of the sport. Last week’s 13th in Texas was a first top 20 for the year and will have been a real boost to his confidence. This test should be a neat fit, too. He’s a fine driver of the ball, he is used to blustery resort courses, and he has a touch of class.

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Schmid in a Sweet Spot

Germany’s Matti Schmid first served notice that he might be up to winning on the PGA Tour when he led the opposite-field Barbasol Championship through 36 and 54 holes in 2022.

He was also 10th in this year’s Puerto Rico Open and 11th in the Corales Puntacana Championship - two more opposite-field events.

So, he can compete against this level of competition, but what about the course?

Well, his best-ever finish on the PGA Tour was third in the Bermuda Championship on the RTJ Sr. designed Port Royal last year, and shortly before that result he was second in the Andalucia Masters at another RTJ Sr. creation, Sotogrande.

He missed the cut last week but was not disgraced with rounds of 68-69.

He’s a great each-way option with BetMGM paying +5000 for six places.

Long Name, Not a Long Shot

Belgium’s Adrien Dumont du Chassart has a remarkable name and his golf game is pretty good, too.

Last summer he turned pro and had a sensational start - some even suggested he might be an outsider for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

He won on his very first start - in South Carolina on the Korn Ferry Tour - and added another five top 10 finishes in his next five starts to earn graduation to the PGA Tour.

Towards the end of that rookie season, he also finished 11th on an RTJ Sr. layout and he was also second and seventh on RTJ Jr. tracks, and while father and son have differences, they also share many design concepts.

This year Dumont du Chassart has a best of sixth in Puerto Rico and a second-best effort of 23rd in the Corales Puntacana Championship.

He’s won in the state, he’s thrived on the right courses, and he likes competing against opposite-fields.

He’s great each-way value at +8000 with bet365.

Chan Can

Chan Kim was born in Korea, brought up in Hawaii, and has won eight times on the Japan Tour.

Last year he also won back-to-back on the Korn Ferry Tour and the first of those victories was on an RTJ Sr. course.

This season he has made 10 cuts in 13 starts but, crucially, he has landed six top-30 finishes and they’ve all come in weaker events.

He can land another one this week.

Back him to make the top 30 at +125 with DraftKings.

How to Watch the Myrtle Beach Classic

  • Tournament: The Myrtle Beach Classic

  • Location: The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, South Carolina

  • Date: Thursday, May 9 - Sunday, May 12

  • How to Watch: Thursday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET (Golf Channel), Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (Golf Channel). And all four days on Peacock and Sky Sports.

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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics. Email: [email protected]

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