The RSM Classic, previously known as the McGladrey Classic, has been on the PGA Tour schedule since 2010 and is played at the Sea Island Resort in St Simons Island, Georgia. The par 70 Seaside course, first opened in 1929, measures in at a touch over 7,000 yards and features mature trees, several water hazards and large areas of boggy marshland.
As was the case in 2015 and 2016, entrants will play one of their first two rounds on the resort’s par 72 Plantation Course. Austin Cook claimed his first PGA Tour title here last year, with McKenzie Hughes, Kevin Kisner, Robert Streb and Chris Kirk the other recent champions.
This is not an event that attracts many of the PGA Tour’s leading names and that is reflected in the betting, which is headed by Webb Simpson at best odds of 10/1* with Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Betfred and Coral. Cameron Champ won his first PGA Tour title at the Sanderson Farms Championship recently, on just his second appearance since graduating from the Web.com Tour.
He followed it up with a share of 10th place in Mexico last week and he’s second in the betting here, at 20/1* with Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and BetVictor. JJ Spaun and CT Pan also had good weeks in Mexico and are each available at best odds of 25/1*.
Kisner’s season started poorly with a missed cut at Mayakoba last week, but his previous record at Sea Island demands he should be taken seriously here. The world number 34 has finished in the top five three times in the last four years here, including his victory in 2015 when he was six shots clear of the field. He has shot 68 or better in 13 of his last 15 rounds at this venue and while 2018 may not have been one of his better years, he was runner-up at The Open and 12th at the PGA Championship. He’s a 40/1* chance with Betfred.
Harold Varner III has made a bright start to the new season, sharing sixth place in Mexico last week having tied for 15th at the Shriners Hospitals event before that. Indeed, looking a little further back into last season, he has finished 17th or better on six of his last nine starts, a run that includes another top five at The Greenbrier. He has skipped this event in the last two years, but did make the cut on his debut in 2015. Bet365 and Betfred are offering him at best odds of 50/1.*
Sam Ryder has been making rapid strides up the world rankings in 2018 having found the key ingredient of consistency. The world number 142 has missed the cut at only one of his last 12 tournaments and has finished seventh or better at four of the last nine. That includes two top fives this season, at the Safeway Open and the Shriners Hospitals event. The 28-year-old is available at odds of 50/1* across the board.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|