RSM Classic 2020 | PGA Tour
The Masters hangover is upon us but in this weird world we now live in, it’s back in five months! See you in April, Augusta! For now, the PGA Tour and the players will drive a few hours south to the beautiful Sea Island Resort for the 2020 RSM Classic. Let’s get you set to see some green screens on DraftKings this weekend.
What's up golf addicts! AC here, checking in week to week to provide a quick recap of the Tour Junkies Podcast for the week. I won't cover all of the picks and insight (you need to listen to the show), but I'll give you a few.
First things first, let’s give 2020 Masters Champion, Dustin Johnson, another round of applause. What a victory. Smashes the lowest tournament total in Masters history and pretty much had one arm in the sleeve of the green jacket all week. Longshot SZN can be put on hold for a display like that. This week, however, longshot SZN is very much lurking around southern Georgia.
Seaside & Plantation Course Preview
Just a few hours south of Augusta National lies a haven for golf fanatics called Sea Island. It has become a breeding ground for tour players with the likes of Patton Kizzire, JT Poston, Zach Johnson, Jonathan Byrd, Harris English, Joey Garber, Josh Teater, Michael Thompson, Hudson Swafford, Trey Mullinax, Kieth Mitchell, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, and Brian Harman all residing or training in the community.
The resort boasts multiple courses of which we will see two in competition this week. The Seaside course and the Plantation course. Seaside is a par 70 playing just over 7000 yards along the shore with wide fairways and bermudagrass tee to green. The Plantation course is more inland, tree-lined, and plays at similar yardage but adds two extra par 5s making it a par 72. Every player will play each course once during the first two rounds with the weekend being played on the Seaside course.
A big field has gathered as 156 players will shoot for the title that 2019 champ Tyler Duncan currently holds. Charles Howell III, Austin Cook, Mackenzie Hughes, and Kevin Kisner round out the most recent winners.The winning score tends to reach around the -20 mark with a cutline hovering around -5. That line could waver either way this year with the new T-65 cutline and a bit of wind in the forecast.
With two different courses in play it’s best to keep things simple when looking at the numbers. Accuracy off the tee is generally important but the fairways are wide here and the rough generally isn't too thick. It is bermuda however and everyone knows bermudagrass can be a bitch! With that in mind I like Fantasy National’s Good Drives stat. It doesn't just factor in strokes gained off the tee but it measures players who make a green in regulation with their effort off the tee box.
I’m always looking at Opps Gained, SG: T2G, and BoB %. Putting on bermudagrass has been a big factor in a player’s finishing position here so that should carry some weight in your model and with the gnarly grass, I’ll look at scrambling this week as well. Finally, with 29 of the 72 holes the field will play this week between 400-450 yards, par 4 scoring in that range is worth looking into.
The Picks & Fades
Each week we will give you a play and a fade from each DraftKings salary range.
DB: Play - Harris English | Fade - Jaoquin Niemann
Pat: Play - Sebastian Munoz | Fade - Russell Henley
AC: Play - Webb Simpson | Fade - Jason Day
DB: Play - Kevin Kisner | Fade - Dylan Frittelli
Pat: Play - Zach Johnson | Fade - Dylan Frittelli
AC: Play - Justin Rose | Fade - Charles Howell III
DB: Play - Denny McCarthy | Fade - Brendon Todd
Pat: Play - Taylor Gooch | Fade - Brendon Todd
AC: Play - Sepp Straka | Fade - Matt Kuchar
DB: Play - James Hahn, Doug Ghim, Michael Gligic
Pat: Play - Patton Kizzire, Richie Werenski, David Hearn
AC: Play - James Hahn, Davis Thompson, Joey Garber
IN: Doug Ghim, Roger Sloan, JJ Spaun, Michael Gligic, Kramer Hickok (alternate), Vincent Whaley (alternate), Matt Every (alternate)
IN: Monday Qualifiers - 63 (-7) Joey Garber (bogey-free; 7 birdies) Michael Hebert (8 birdies, 1 bogey) 64 (-6; via 4-for-2 playoff) Brandon Crick (7 birdies, 1 bogey) Josh Teater (bogey-free; 6 birdies)
OUT: Tom Lewis, Michael Thompson, Brian Gay, Bill Haas (COVID-19), Sam Burns
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