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Following the OHM Classic and the Houston Open, the PGA Tour will stop off for the RSM Classic in late November as the ninth event of the 2022/23 PGA Tour season. Notably, many professionals use the final two months of the year to take a break from the TOUR, so I wouldn’t expect a field compiled with Top-15 ranked players. Alternately, players have been known to utilize this event as a springboard for good seasons, much like the 2015 tournament winner Kevin Kisner did.
The RSM Classic is contested at the beautiful Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia and has been a permanent stop-off on the PGA Tour since its birth in 2010. The tournament was previously known as the McGladrey Classic, but a new sponsorship deal arrived in 2015, and the competition was renamed The RSM Classic. Tour professionals David Love III and Zach John refer to Sea Island as home, and they both competed in the debut event back in 2010.
Course: Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, GA
Course Length: 7,005 Yards
2021 Champion: Taylor Gooch
RSM Classic Best Record: -22 (Talor Gooch 2021, Kevin Kisner 2015)
The tournament is contested on the Sea Island Resort on two courses, the Seaside Course (par 70) and the Plantation Course (par 72). Each course presented is equally as challenging, so there isn’t an advantageous moment for players to gain momentum, no matter which course is being utilized. Typically, the first and third rounds occur at Seaside, while the second and fourth rounds are contested on the Plantation course.
Both courses are located at the peak of St. Simmons Island. The Seaside course is a links course that took inspiration from St. Andrews, whereas the Plantation course is filled with marsh and forest. Harry S. Colt created the Seaside course, which Tom Fazio later revamped in the late 90s. Golf Digest placed Seaside in its “Top 100 Courses in the USA” feature article. The Plantation course introduces tidal creeks and lakes, with huge fairways and tempting greens.
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Since the tournament began in 2010 until 2015, scoring averages have been incredibly similar. But then it was Kisner who set the new standard when shooting 22-under par. The average score was lowered again in 2016 when Hughes delivered a 17-under par.
Kisner dominated the field – winning by six shots – in 2015, and Austin Cook was close to replicating this score by lifting the trophy with four shots; last year, Talor Gooch won by three shots. Outside of these three significant victories, the final rounds of the RSM Classic have been down to the wire, which is why the event has the big sportsbooks from Maryland covering all possible scenarios for the matchups every time.
From a betting perspective, history dictates that betting on the outright winner of the RSM Classic has been highly challenging. From eight of the eleven RSM Classic tournaments that have taken place, the margin of victory has been a shot or two, and six times we’ve needed a playoff to decide the winner. However, this factor provides lucrative betting odds across the field, and there is always an abundance of alternate betting markets to cash in on this tournament.
Robert Streb is the only golfer to have won the RSM Classic on more than one occasion. Streb lifted the championship in 2014 and 2020. Furthermore, the RSM Classic has been won by an American-born golfer in 10 of the 11 hosted events, as Mackenzie Hughes from Canada has been the lone non-American to claim the title.