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We are at the final official PGA Tour event in 2017. You might be sad about that, but we do have a fun event to end the year. The RSM Classic unfolds on two courses at Sea Island Resort for the first two rounds, and then the weekend field comes together for a 36-hole shootout. Davis Love III is unofficial host as the Sea Island Mafia gets a home game and those subject to the reshuffle get one last chance to improve their lot.
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2017 The RSM Classic rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Kevin Kisner – Kisner hasn’t played in this new season, but the 2015 winner deserves to be high on this list despite the rustiness.
2. Webb Simpson – Simpson could very well be No. 1 on this list. Been playing A-level golf since August, and he’s continued this season.
3. Brian Harman – Harman’s on a home game, and he’s been off to a great start this season with a pair of top-10 finishes.
4. Chesson Hadley – Chessie made the cut at Mayakoba on the number and then WD’d halfway through Round 3. The event was a mess weather-wise, but it was illness that got him.
5. Charles Howell III – CH3 would be ranked higher if I were convinced he would win. But, he’s enjoying his usual early-season/fall run, and he’s got a great record here.
6. Matt Kuchar – Kuchar is slotted here more on talent and possible ceiling than current form. He’s playing OK, but he’s not especially hot.
7. Patton Kizzire – Top-10s in his last three starts, including a W. That seems to speak for itself. Letdown is of course possible.
8. Bill Haas – Haas is out of the world top 50 for the first time in more than 5 years. He’s very consistent in this event, and he just vacuums up OWGR points.
9. Ollie Schniederjans – Ollie is off to a good start this season, but he’s been off for three weeks. He’s going to get a win this season, but I’m not sure it’s this week.
10. Kevin Streelman – Streelman has been racking up top-20s in this fall portion of the season.
My DraftKings lineup for this week:
- Charles Howell III – $9,500
- Patton Kizzire – $8,900
- Jamie Lovemark – $8,400
- Beau Hossler – $8,000
- Si Woo Kim – $7,500
- Scott Stallings – $7,000
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Recent PGA Tour Trends
We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five individual PGA Tour events.
- Beau Hossler – 2 – T-10 Sanderson Farms, T-7 Shriners Open
- Brian Harman – 2 – T-5 CJ Cup, T-8 WGC-HSBC Champions
- Brian Stuard – 2 – T-4 Sanderson Farms, T-9 OHL Classic
- Charles Howell III – 2 – T-15 WGC-HSBC Champions, 4th OHL Classic
- Chesson Hadley – 2 – 2nd Sanderson Farms, T-4 Shriners Open
- J.J. Spaun – 2 – T-10 Shriners Open, T-14 OHL Classic
- J.T. Poston – 2 – T-4 Shriners Open, T-14 OHL Classic
- Patton Kizzire – 3 – T-10 Sanderson Farms, T-4 Shriners Open, WIN OHL Classic
- Scott Brown – 2 – T-5 CJ Cup, T-6 OHL Classic
- Whee Kim – 2 – 4th CJ Cup, P-2 Whee Kim
Event Finish History
Here are the players who finished in the top 15 at this event multiple times in the last five years:
- Chad Campbell – 3
- Charles Howell III – 3
- Chris Kirk – 2
- Jamie Lovemark – 2
- Kevin Kisner – 2
- Michael Thompson – 2
- Scott Stallings – 2
DraftKings salaries change from week to week, depending on field strength and size, as well a player’s recent record and their history on a course. It’s in looking at how a salary changes over time that we might get some clues as to players that could be a little overrated or underrated.
Here’s the list of players in the field playing at least $1,500 over their 2016-17 average salary for the final 10 events (ranked least to most over average salary):
- Bill Haas
- Jason Kokrak
- Webb Simpson
- Patton Kizzire
- J.J. Spaun
- Matt Kuchar
- Ollie Schniederjans
- Charles Howell III
- Chesson Hadley
- Brian Harman
- Kevin Kisner
Here are the players playing this week with multiple top-15 finishes in the last five PGA Tour events that are playing AT OR BELOW their average salary from the final 10 events of the 2016-17 season:
Success at Sea Island Resort
Sea Island’s two-course setup — now in Year 3 — produces lower winning scores than when a smaller field played all 72 holes on the Plantation Course. That means going as deep as possible on the Plantation Course is a must. The weekend field comes together on Seaside, meaning three of four rounds are on this course. Wind, of course, can be a factor on both, and you’ve got to be able to strike the ball well from approach shots to set up birdie opportunities on a course with modest-sized greens.