Preview: 2016 RSM Classic

Preview: 2016 RSM Classic

When: Thursday November 17 – Sunday November 20. The first groups tee off at 9:30 AM EST.

The Course: Sea Island Golf Club, Saint Simons Island, Georgia. The players will play 1 round on the Seaside Course and 1 on the Plantation Course before the weekend begins.

Seaside Course
Par 70. 7,055 yards from the Championship Tees. A beautiful design from Colt & Alison/(R) Thomas Fazio, ASGCA, the Seaside course has been around since 1929. The Bermuda grass course has a slope of 141.With only two par 5s and total yardage of just over 7,000 yards, the Seaside Course willnot favor the longer hitters. Players will fare better staying accurate off the tee and hitting greens in regulation.

Plantation Course
Par 72. 7,058 yards from the Championship Tees. Renovated by Rees Jones in 1998, the Plantation Course has been tabbed as a top 10 public play around the nation. Slightly more challenging than the Seaside Course at a par of 72. Yardage is about the same, giving your more accurate hitters the advantage for the weekend.

The Weather: Sunny and clear for the most part. 70s thru Sunday then a slight dip into the 60s. Winds will also gust off the Atlantic near 20 mph during Saturday and Sunday’s rounds.

Rain won’t be a factor over the weekend, but given the course layout and possible windy conditions Saturday and Sunday, “wind players” could see an advantage here.

Sea Island Weather 11-16.JPG

Past Winners:

2015 – Kevin Kisner – 260
2014 – Robert Streb – 266
2013 – Chris Kirk – 266
2012 – Tommy Gainey – 264
2011 – Ben Crane – 265
2010 – Heath Slocum – 266

Power Rankings:

  1. Chris Kirk – Former winner here in 2013 and added another top 5 finish in 2014 (4th place). Kirk is playing really well lately, probably better than anyone in the field, with 3 top 10s in his last 4 finishes…7th at the OHL Classic, 2nd at Sanderson Farms, and 8th at the Safeway Open.
  2. Matt Kuchar – Koooch has played consistently at Sea Island since the tournaments inception in 2010 with finishes of 25th, 22nd, 7th, 20th, and 25th. He hasn’t been too active since the BMW (4th) and Tour Championship (15th), but managed a 21st place finish at the WGC HSBC Champions. Look for Kuchar to turn it around this weekend at his home course.
  3. James Hahn – recent form has been great including 15th at Shriners, 9th at the CIMB, and 24th in the BMW Championship. Finished 17th at the RSM last year…setting him up nicely for the weekend.
  4. Bill Haas – Grabbed a 2nd place finish in the tournament’s first year in 2010 and has added decent finishes since, at 33rd and 22nd (2015 and 2014). He’s coming off a 4th place finish at the difficult WGC HSBC Champions.
  5. Jim Furyk – Furyk has great history here, finishing 3rd in 2012 an 11th in 2011. His recent form hasn’t been great, but the Sea Island courses set up well with his playing style. Furyk has the #1 Course Fit for the week.

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