The south east of America plays host to some of the best golf courses in the world. It’s no surprise then that the PGA Tour spends a significant period of time in the area. The Masters and RBC Heritage both take place around the Georgia/South Carolina border in April and they’re just a few hours’ drive away from Sea Island, the host of this week’s RSM Classic.
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Sea Island is itself host to multiple top quality golf courses, something the RSM Classic has exploited by utilising both the Seaside Course and the Plantation Course. The 156 players in the field for this week’s event will play a round at each before the halfway cut limits the action to the Seaside Course.
The two venues have their own quirks which add to the challenge of the RSM Classic. However, they both require a similar style of golf in order to be successful. The recipe for success on Sea Island is hitting a very high proportion of greens in regulation and holing putts. Both the Seaside and Plantation Courses are about as far away from bombers’ paradises as it is possible to get so expect shorter, more accurate players who come alive on and around the greens to challenge for the title.
Schniederjans Can Make Breakthrough at Sea Island
The PGA Tour has operated a wraparound season for several years now but it’s still not to everybody’s taste. Many of the best players will only appear in a couple of the autumn events or else take an extended break from competitive golf. That’s not great news for sponsors or tournament organisers but it’s welcomed wholeheartedly by those players still making their way in the big leagues. Players like Ollie Schniederjans.
Schniederjans’ stellar amateur career has seen him marked out as a potential star of the future and the signs are that he is ready to take the step up and win on the PGA Tour sooner rather than later. He spent much of his childhood in Georgia and studied in the state so he has a real affinity to this part of the world. Schniederjans also finished in a tie for sixth in his debut at the RSM Classic last season so knows what it takes to score well at both the Seaside and Plantation Courses. The relatively laid back atmosphere of this event should suit him well again so back Schniederjans to win at 30/1 with Betfred.
Brown Simmering Away in the Background
Like Schniederjans, Scott Brown has plenty of ties to this area. He was born up the road in Augusta, Georgia and went to university in South Carolina. He’s also been able to put his familiarity with the local golf courses and conditions to good use with some solid performances at the RSM Classic in recent years.
Brown is far from the flashiest golfer on the PGA Tour and generally remains quiet as he goes about his business. However, a strong start to the new season has seen people sit up and take notice of him. A win here at 50/1 with Bet365 would make Brown unmissable.