RSM Classic Predictions, Betting Odds & Top Picks
- Post-Masters Party on the Atlantic Coast in Georgia
- Korea’s Sungjae Im looking to build on his second place at Augusta National
- Webb Simpson chasing a third win of 2020
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RSM Classic Picks and Predictions
- Kevin Kisner is a bullet each-way prospect at +4000 with bet365.
- CT Pan is a fine fit for the course and can land a top 20 at +335 with DraftKings.
- Take the option of the tournament finishing in a play-off with DraftKings at +350.
Kevin Kisner outright +4000 at bet365
CT Pan to make the top 20 +335 at DraftKings
Tournament to end in a play-off +350 at DraftKings
How to Watch the RSM Classic
|Where||Sea Island Resort, Georgia|
|When||Thursday, November 19 – Sunday, November 22|
|How to watch||Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1 pm, 8 pm & 11 pm ET (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.|
RSM Classic Profile
After the drama of last week, when Dustin Johnson dominated the field and Augusta National to claim a first victory in the Masters, the PGA Tour now turns its attention to the continuation of the 2020-21 regular season.
There’s no doubt that the quality of the field is impacted by what is effectively the beginning of the end of the 2020 golfing year, but it is very far from being a dead heat for punters.
In fact, the 11th edition of this event at Sea Island is a popular one with punters as well as the many players in the field who own property on the site.
There are two courses in operation this week – the Seaside Course is used three times, the Plantation Course for one lap pre-cut – and they favor accurate hitters who can cope with sea breezes and tricky Bermuda grass greens.
That means it is entirely possible that the winner will emerge from outside the top-ranked players, from one of the many performers whose stock rises in these particular conditions.
That said, Webb Simpson is a strong favorite (priced +1000) given that he has finished in the top three in six of his last ten starts on Bermuda greens, a run that includes two wins and play-off defeat on this course last year.
He’s followed in the betting by Korean star Sungjae Im, who impressed when finishing second at Augusta National last week. He was also an excellent winner at blustery PGA National earlier this year.
Kisner Seeking Sea Island Double
Back in January Kevin Kisner finished fourth at the Sony Open and said of the Waialae course:
It’s one of the few left on tour that suit me. I’ve got to be able to make some hay when the sun tends to shine, I’ve got to go after it. It’s a shorter, ball-strikers’ paradise. I definitely feel comfortable.
It’s a common Kisner refrain because he’s very aware that he lacks the distance to over-power many of the new courses on the schedule.
Whilst that is bad news for the 36-year-old, it is good news for punters who know when to consider him a good pick – and this week is that kind of time.
His top-five finish in Hawaii was his third in the last five starts there and he’s also finished T11th, seventh and second at Harbour Town.
Whilst Colonial, in Texas, is not by the sea, it does share similarities with this week, being a short, blustery test of accuracy, and Kisner has three top tens there including a win in 2017.
He’s also a past champion at Sea Island, one of four top-seven finishes in this tournament, and it’s not only the case that his game is suited – he liked the area so much he lived there following his graduation from the University of Georgia.
“I know the greens,” he said in 2017. “I know the shots to hit. My experience helps me a ton around this place.”
He’s also in better form than a first glance indicates.
Ignore the missed cuts at the US Open and Masters – both courses are too long for him.
Instead, note that he was third at Sedgefield, was involved throughout the FedExCup Playoffs, and went low in three rounds at the Zozo Championship.
He makes a superb each-way option with bet365 at +4000.
Pan Can Handle the Test
If we’ve established that competence on Bermuda greens, in windy conditions, and by the sea are requirements ahead of this week, then Taiwan’s CT Pan has to enter the equation.
Since joining the PGA Tour in 2016 he has finished second on the ocean-side cliff-tops at Torrey Pines and also on the low-scoring Bermuda greens of Sedgefield before claiming a first win at Harbour Town.
To those results, he has added top 20s on Bermuda greens at Kuala Lumpur, Southwind, El Camaleon (twice), and Jackson.
If all those results dropped hints, his actual course record provides proof that he’s a good fit: he’s played the layout three times, finishing sixth on debut and T13th in 2017.
And what seals the deal? Last week he made his debut in the Masters and did so in some style, landing a share of seventh.
Don’t miss out on the DraftKings quote of +335 that he finishes in the top 20.
Potential for a Play-Off
Incredibly, since 2014 this tournament has reaped more defeated play-off contenders than successful ones!
Yes, you did read that correctly: There have been six tournaments, which obviously means six winners, but rather more unexpected is the tally of no less than eight players who lost in extra holes.
In 2014 there were two vanquished golfers, in 2016 no less than four, whilst in the last two years, just the one player went home rueing their inability to find an extra birdie in regulation holes.
Last year’s unlucky 72-hole low-scorer was Webb Simpson who has further reason to feel the course owes him one because he also missed out in extra holes back in 2011.
So, in total, five of the 11 editions have required a play-off which makes it very tempting to take up the DraftKings quote of +350 that there will be another this week.
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