RSM Classic Predictions, Betting Odds & Top Picks

  • 12th edition of the tournament at the popular Sea Island Resort in Georgia
  • Two-time winner Robert Streb defends the title
  • Favorite Scottie Scheffler is still seeking a first win on the PGA Tour

The RSM Classic Odds

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Player Odds
Scottie Scheffler +1400
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Webb Simpson +1600
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Cameron Smith +1800
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Louis Oosthuizen +2000
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Corey Conners +2500
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Russell Henley +2800
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Harris English +3000
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Adam Scott +4000
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Joaquin Niemann +4000
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Kevin Kisner +4000
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The RSM Classic

The RSM Classic Picks and Predictions

Russell Henley is the outright pick at +2800 with Unibet

Kevin Kisner can grab a top 10 at +500 with FanDuel Sportsbook

The tournament decided by a play-off at +340 with DraftKings

The RSM Classic Predictions

Scottie Scheffler has achieved plenty since he reached the PGA Tour just two years ago.

The 25-year-old won Rookie of the Year in his first season, has piled up seven top 20 finishes in the Majors, he’s finished runner-up in the World Golf Championship, he’s broken the world’s top 20 and he’s landed no less than 17 top 10 finishes on the world’s toughest circuit.

What he hasn’t yet managed to do is land his first win.

Last week he grabbed a first solo 54-hole lead, in the Houston Open, and his response, a 1-under-par 69, was far from disastrous, but it was only good enough for a share of second as Jason Kokrak completed a remarkable recovery from a Saturday morning spell in which he played seven holes in 7-over-par.

Can Scheffler ride the wave this week? The good news is that there is no better lesson in how to win than playing the final round with a lead and not converting it.

He also has good vibes on his return to the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort because in his only previous start there, two years ago, he finished tied fifth, a performance that included a third round 63.

The doubters will worry that his price is too low for a fellow yet to cross the finish line ahead of the pack. They will have similar worries about backing Cameron Smith (consistent but not prolific) and Louis Oosthuizen (yet to win in America) at +2000 or tighter.

There will, in fact, be many wary of the top of the market because the two courses used at Sea Island have frequently proved tricky for the favorites to negotiate.

Who should we back then? Let’s find out.

Henley Set To Fire

Last week we tipped Russell Henley to make the top 10 and he happily obliged with tied seventh at the Houston Open.

This week we’re going to up the ante and back him each way.

For one thing, the three-time PGA Tour winner has a strong record in the tournament.

He made the cut on his debut, had the halfway lead on his way to fourth in 2014, was sixth in 2015 and tenth in 2016.

A couple of missed cuts followed before he registered T30th last year.

The fact he’s played well at Sea Island is no great surprise because he revealed in an early visit to the course that: “I’ve played this course a bunch of times before I played this tournament and I feel very comfortable out there.”

Henley also just performs exceptionally well on seaside tracks with Bermuda greens.

He’s been a winner at Waialae and PGA National, and this year he has added another top 10 at the latter plus one more at Harbour Town.

The 32-year-old also threatened to win at Sedgefield (not by the sea but similar in other ways to this week).

He’s getting closer and closer to his fourth win at this level and can be backed at +2800 with Unibet paying out on six places.

Kisner Can Go Again

We’ve had a nice start to the 2021/22 season when it comes to top 10s, landing three winners (at +550, +320 and +475) from just six selections (including, of course, Henley).

Let’s hope we can maintain the run with Kevin Kisner who we actually tipped for yet another top 10 when he won the Wyndham Championship in August.

The 37-year-old American is not a big hitter and he knows it. In fact, he often bemoans that many of the courses that host the PGA Tour give him very little opportunity of contending.

But he’s also smart enough to know which courses actually do suit him and also be savvy enough to take advantage.

They tend to be short, par-70 tracks that demand a tidy, rather than an explosive long game.

Examples are Waialae (three top 10s in his last six starts), Colonial (three top 10s in his last seven starts), Detroit (two top 10s in three starts) and Sedgefield (four top 10s in his last six starts).

That theory also applies at Sea Island where he has five top 10s in his last seven starts.

It’s a wonderful record and he can maintain it this week.

Take him to yet again make the first page of the leaderboard with the FanDuel Sportsbook offering +500.

Back Extra Holes

There have been 11 winners of this tournament, but there have also been no less than 10 men who have been defeated in play-offs.

Webb Simpson has twice lost out in extra holes (in 2011 and 2019).

Last year Kisner failed to win for a second time when Robert Streb took him down at the first play-off hole.

While in 2014 there was a three-man play-off and two years later five men fought one out.

In all, there have been six play-offs in those 11 editions and three of the other five winners ended the week just one blow clear of the field.

It’s a curiosity of the examination that it provides tight scoring, but one we can take advantage of.

DraftKings offer +340 about there being yet another instance of the event going to extra holes.

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How to Watch The RSM Classic

RSM Classic Information
Tournament The RSM Classic
Location Seaside and Plantation Courses, Sea Island Resort, Georgia
Time Thursday, November 18 – Sunday, November 21
How to watch Thursday & Friday 12pm & 6pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 1pm & 8pm ET (Golf Channel), Sunday 1pm, 5pm & 11pm ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.

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