The “super season” is finally coming to an end, as the PGA Tour has reached its last stop before an official offseason. The last week of PGA DFS contests for the season heads to Sea Island Georgia for the RSM Classic. More than 15% of the field playing this week lives on the island, and it certainly has more golf carts registered than cars. Nestled on the coastline between Jacksonville and Savannah, the familiar backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean will be front and center this week. It is a full field of golfers using two different courses over the first two days, with a cut happening after each player has played each course once. A total of 156 players will tee it up in the last time to earn valuable FedEx Cup points before the long offseason. The First Cut article goes over some initial DFS golf stats to help make ideal PGA DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel.
RSM Classic PGA DFS Preview
There will be 156 players heading to Sea Island for at least two days, a tournament that has been a staple of this fall swing since 2010. RSM has been the presenting sponsor since 2015, as the field is typically on the stronger side with so many living in the area. Since its inception they have been using the same tournament setup, so there is a solid statistical foundation to work off this week. The Seaside Course is used for all four days (three rounds per golfer), while the Plantation Course is used for the first two (one round per golfer).
Seaside Club Preview
While the area plays home to many of the PGA Tour golfers, it also offers unique stay and plays opportunities for many guests throughout the year. The course is set up more for the guests than the pros: Fairways are wide, and greens are not overly complicated. Plenty of water comes into play, as expected given the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. On the seaside course, around 14 holes have at least one hazard. Comparatively to a few weeks ago at El Camaleon, fairways play much wider on Sea Island and are not typically as penal off the tee.
Par and Yardage
- Par 70: 7,000 yards
- Four Par 3’s: 204, 179, 223, 192
- 12 Par 4’s: 417, 415, 429, 409, 368, 452, 418, 425, 408, 442, 407, 470
- Two Par 5’s: 585, 565
Grass Types & Hazards
- Grass Type: Bermuda
- Average Green: 7,200 sq. ft
- Water Hazards: 14
- Bunkers: 47
- Rough Length: Two-inch rough at most
Facts and Figures
- Off the Tee: While the par-70 layout takes the driver out of play on more holes than the average course, fairways hit are one of the highest, coming in near 75% each year.
- Approach to the Green: 75% fairways typically mean at least 75% greens as well, as these are the world’s best players and they do not typically miss greens from fairways, especially on such a short layout.
- On and Around the Green: A par-70 layout that is only 7,000 yards needs some defense, and here it is the green complexes, if anything. On average the 25% of the time a golfer missed the green last year; they get up and down 55% of the time for par. That could give a slight bump to those golfers that are performing well around the green right now.
- Harry Colt and Charles Alison with a Tom Fazio redesign.
Yielding over 20 eagles per year and more birdies than pars, the 16th hole produces almost 20% of the total PGA DFS scoring for the week. Add in the other par 5 on the front nine, and nearly 30% of the scoring happens in just two holes. There is also only one par 4 over 470 yards, with many ranging in the 410- to 450-yard range, not providing much scoring variance.
RSM Golf Classic Championship Player Preview
Louis Oosthuizen makes the trek up from his new home in Ocala, Fla., as the headliner of the field. Still searching for his first-ever PGA Tour win, Oosthuizen has been knocking on the door in some of the world’s biggest tournaments over the last few years but has not been able to break through. Scottie Scheffler had a great chance to win the Houston Open last week before falling short. He is joined by Ryder Cup teammate and Sea Island resident Harris English as a few of the other favorites. In all, roughly 30 of the world’s top 100 golfers are here to compete.
RSM Classic Statistical Review From 2020
Only the three rounds played at the Seaside Course provide strokes gained statistics. It is clear this week that, with wide fairways and easy to hit, there are not a ton of places to gain strokes off the tee. It comes down to who is hitting the most greens and who is putting well. With over 75% of the greens being hit in regulation as well, it removes the need to be superb around the green, with the top 10 in last year’s event averaging less than a stroke gained around the green. Lastly, 10 golfers eclipsed the 100-point mark, as this event should be much higher scoring than last week’s Houston Open.
- Strokes Gained Putting: 0.782
- Strokes Gained Around the Green: 0.21
- Strokes Gained on the Approach: 1.08
- Strokes Gained off the Tee: 0.33
- Average DraftKings Points of Golfers that Made the Cut: 82
- Average DraftKings Salary: $7,500
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