Another golfing year is drawing to a close but there’s still plenty to play for as the action moves across to Georgia for the 12th edition of the RSM Classic. The fields may still be subdued but that can leave scope for a long-odds winner as 2021 starts to wind down.
We landed two top 10 finish returns last week at the Houston Open but came so close to claiming our second outright winner of the new season. Our pick for the title, Scottie Scheffler, slid down to second place but both he and Cameron Tringale compensated to an extent with a single digit finish.
It has been a decent start to the new campaign for us so let’s see if we can keep it going at Saint Simons Island with our RSM Classic predictions for this preview.
On the back of that second-place finish on Sunday, Scottie Scheffler starts as one of two joint favorites at best odds of 14/1. Scheffler was leading up to the halfway point of the final round but dropped shots left him off the pace from that point onwards. He returned a tie for fifth in his only previous appearance in this event back in 2019.
Also at a best of 14/1 is Webb Simpson who has two runner-up slots in the RSM Classic. Simpson lost in a playoff on both occasions – in 2011 and 2019 – and also has a third placed finish here.
Of the two, Scheffler is the most active this season and has better form while Simpson has a stronger record in the tournament.
There are plenty of strong challenges to the top two golfers and the chasing pack is led this week by Cameron Smith at a top price of 18/1. The Australian has returned some impressive results in 2021 and is just starting to show better consistency on Tour.
Next up are Corey Conners and Louis Oosthuizen who can both be found at 25/1 in most places. Canada’s Conners is attracting interest this week and he has a best of a tenth place in three appearances at this event.
Oosthuizen isn’t quite so highly rated and perhaps that’s because his Missed Cut here last year is his only failure after two rounds since June 2020.
Harris English is also at 25/1, followed by Russell Henley and Joaquin Niemann at 30/1. English has been rested after nursing a sore back and that might temper any enthusiasm this week. Henley is in good touch after sharing the first-round lead last week before finishing in a tie for seventh place.
The man leading the outside bunch is the leading money earner in the RSM Classic. Kevin Kisner starts at best industry odds of 35/1 and he boasts five top 10 finishes, including a win here in 2015.
Kisner leads the Power Rankings based on those numbers and, at generous odds, he must be worth considering for the top 10 betting lines at the very least.
Next come Alex Noren, Talor Gooch and Adam Scott who can all be found at 40/1. Of the three, Noren could be the one to watch based on solid form and a tie for tenth on debut here in 2019.
Other names to ponder in this section include Justin Rose at 60/1, Max Homa at 66/1, Mackenzie Hughes at 66/1 and Robert Streb at 75/1. Within that group of four we have two RSM Classic Champions. Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes won here in 2016 while Robert Streb is the defending champion and he is a two-time winner with another RSM Classic title back in 2014.
Our RSM Classic Preview’s Course & Betting Trends with Predictions & Picks
Robert Streb became the first multiple winner of this event when he secured his second RSM Classic title last year. Streb eased out Kevin Kisner in a playoff and it is interesting that the last three editions and six of the overall 12 have needed playoffs to determine a champion.
As for the venue at the Sea Island Golf Club on Saint Simons Island, there will be two courses in play – Plantation and Seaside. Play is split fairly between the two with Seaside a standard Par 70 and Plantation a short Par 72 at 7,160 yards.
Strong winds affected the scoring last year but it’s expected that we will see more benign conditions this week. Across both courses, accuracy is likely to be key and last year’s champion Robert Streb ranked highly in Greens in Regulation, Putts per GIR and Scrambling.
It is another tough call and we are drawn to Harris English but the only concern here is fitness. Elsewhere, Scottie Scheffler makes a strong case but it may be difficult to lift his game after that disappointing last round on Sunday.
It may be a week to focus on top 10 finish options but we’ll go for English and assume that he wouldn’t be out on the course if that back hadn’t healed. He has got the stats to succeed and a tie for sixth here last year backs that up.
So our RSM Classic predictions for this preview see Harris English for the win as the main tip, along with three other top 10 picks who can all challenge at the top of the leaderboard.
- Harris English to win @ +2800 (28/1) with Bovada. He is 25/1 with Intertops and BetOnline.
- Top 10 Finish Picks: English (+325), Kevin Kisner (+350), Robert Streb (+700) and Max Homa (+550). Those odds are with BetOnline, the first to publish top 10 lines. Bovada and Intertops should have prices shortly.
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