The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island, Georgia this week for The RSM Classic which marks the first time in eight weeks the Tour is hosting a tournament in the United States.
Sea Island is home to a number of PGA Tour players in the field this week like Zach Johnson, Harris English, Keith Mitchell and Matt Kuchar.
The 156-man field will play both the Par 70 Seaside Course and the newly renovated Par 72 Plantation Course this week. The new-look Plantation course has been open for just a month now and has been stretched out to 7,060 yards with the renovations. It’s been completely re-routed and only one hole, the Par 5 8th, remains the same yardage as what we’ve seen in the past.
The grass this week is Bermuda, which most of the Southern guys in the field are very used to if you want to take that into consideration on top of the fact so many touring professionals call these courses home.
From a key stats perspective, driving accuracy should be weighed heavier than distance as the two courses are on the shorter side and strokes gained: approach is another key statistic to keep an eye on.
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The South African enters the event fresh off of a T-11 at last week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic while also finishing T-22 at the ZOZO Championship a couple of weeks back. He’s posted strong numbers in the new season with four Top 25 finishes in six starts.
Driving accuracy has been a problem this year, but he’s made up for it with his approach game ranking 10th on Tour in strokes gained: approach. His tee-to-green numbers as a whole are very strong and if he can keep the ball in the short grass this week he could easily be in contention come Sunday afternoon.
The 43-year-old finished T-2 at Mayakoba last week giving him his best finish on Tour since winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February of 2016.
Taylor has always been an excellent ball striker and is coming in with a hot putter finished T-4 a week ago in putts per green in regulation. He ranks 31st on Tour in driving accuracy as well which should point you in the direction of taking him this week. He finished T-8 at this event in 2017.
Harman is one of the guys in the field this week that calls Sea Island home and has a T-4 finish here under his belt.
He started the new season with three straight Top 18 finishes but has gone MC, T-72 in his last couple of starts. The lefty’s game, statistically, is solid in every facet but his around the green game this young season has been a bit of an issue. He thrives at courses that you don’t have to overpower and given his experience here and ability to keep it in play he should be on your radar.
The former Georgia Bulldog missed the cut at the Mayakoba last week, but that shouldn’t shy anyone away from him.
He’s without a doubt the longest hitter among these four names listed and if the putter catches any resemblance of fire, he has the ability to take it low, especially given the fact he’s consistent at hitting greens in regulation. He earned his first win on Tour back in March at the Honda Classic.
Given Mitchell’s ability to flip a switch when things are clicking and the fact that he’s a resident of Sea Island, given the long odds you can find on him he’s a player to watch for this week.