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This week, players head to Sea Island Golf Club for the RSM Classic. This is a very unique tournament for several reasons. First, there are two courses in play, the Seaside and the Plantation. Players get one crack at each course, and then those who make the cut play the weekend rounds on the Seaside course. For our purposes, I’ll focus the course breakdown on that track. Secondly, Sea Island is a golf hotbed, with many touring pros living and training here. In this field, that includes Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner, Brian Harman, Harris English, Chris Kirk, JT Poston, Keith Mitchell, Blayne Barber, and Patton Kizzire, among many other. There’s a home course advantage for those players.
The Seaside course at Sea Island Golf Club is a par-70 that plays around 7,000 yards. It’s an extremely short course by PGA Tour standards, and thus brings more players into the mix. Over the years, we’ve seen shorter, more accurate players play well here, and I expect more of the same this season. It’s a place to target “old man golfers” more than the young bombers. A good list to consult would be our Pete Dye specialists, which include Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, and Webb Simpson.
The Seaside course is very short, and thus puts an emphasis on accuracy. Players will definitely have to drive the ball well off-the-tee, but approach shots are the key. These greens are small and there will be plenty of wind, so controlling those iron shots is very important. Target your ball-strikers.
In terms of comparable courses, I’m looking at the Puerto Rico Open, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the RBC Heritage, and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. All of these venues are fairly short, coastal tracks featuring bermuda surfaces, similar to what players will face this week in Sea Island.
Now, onto my sleeper picks of the week for the RSM Classic.
DraftKings High-End Sleepers
Chesson Hadley ($10,200)
Hadley unfortunately had to WD after the second round in Mexico due to food poisoning, but he should be good-to-go this week. I’m going right back to the well, as he was the hottest player on Tour, posting three consecutive top-5 finishes to open his season. Hadley is a fantastic putter and wind player, who excels on shorter, coastal courses. His one career PGA Tour win came in Puerto Rico, one of our comps this week. He should be very low owned at this price given the WD last week.