It was not long ago, many in golf questioned whether Tony Finau had enough to win consistently on tour. Now, after a dominant 4 stroke win at the Cadence Bank Houston Open, he has won three of the last seven tournaments he played and has racked up five career wins. He is arguably playing the best golf on tour and unfortunately for this week’s field, will be at it again.
This week the tour is heading to Georgia to play The RSM Classic, at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island. The tournament will be the last official PGA tournament of the calendar year and the last fall tournament for the foreseeable future as the Tour shifts back to a January start date for the season beginning in January 2024. This is the first of three visits the Tour will make to the Peach State this season.
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2022 RSM Classic:
November 17-20, 2022
Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island, GA
Defending Champ: Talor Gooch
The RSM Classic has been played since 2010. It is a 72 hole, stroke play tournament, with a cut after 36 holes down to the top 65 players and ties. The tournament is unique as it will be played at two different courses at the Sea Island Golf Club — the Plantation Course and Seaside Course. Golfers will play one round at each course on Thursday and Friday and then finish Saturday and Sunday at the Seaside Course.
As the name implies, the courses are located on the ocean, so gusty winds can play a factor this week. There are also threats of rain on Sunday morning, so the weather will be something to keep an eye on throughout the week.
What Course Is The RSM Classic Held At?
The RSM Classic will be played at Sea Island Golf Club and golfers will play one round at the Plantation Course and three rounds at the Seaside Course. The Plantation Course was renovated by Davis Love III and his brother Mark in 2019, both of which grew up playing the original course. The Seaside Course was redesigned in 1999 by Tom Fazio as a links course. Both courses will feature plenty of marshlands, dunes, bunkers and water.
The Plantation Course is par 72, 7,060 yards and will be played once by the players while the Seaside Course is par 70, 7,005 yards and will be played three times by the players. Shot selection, accuracy and putting will be top of mind for the field this week. The scoring chances will be readily available at both courses but will require driving accuracy over power this week. With Seaside being played three times total, water will come into play on 13 holes.
How To Watch The RSM Classic
Thursday: 12:00-3:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Friday: 12:00-3:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Saturday: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Sunday: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Golf Channel
How To Listen To The RSM Classic
Thursday: 10:00-4:00 p.m. Sirius XM
Friday: 10:00-4:00 p.m. Sirius XM
Saturday: 11:00-4:00 p.m. Sirius XM
Sunday: 11:00-4:00 p.m. Sirius XM
Payouts for the 2022 RSM Classic
The total purse of the 2022 The RSM Classic is $8,100,000. The winner receives 500 FedEx Cup points and a minimum of 24 Official World Golf Ranking points — additional Official World Golf Ranking points can be added based on the tournament’s strength of field. The champion also receives a two season exemption on the PGA Tour, as well as inclusion to the 2023 Masters and 2023 PGA Championship, and the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions.
How many Golfers are in the 2022 RSM Classic?
The tournament field is composed of 156 players and with this being the last official PGA tournament this year, most golfers are heading to break early, only seven of the top 50 Official World Golf Rankings, are teeing it up this week.
Who has the Best Odds of Winning the 2022 RSM Classic?
Current odds on favorites to win The RSM Classic is last week’s winner, Tony Finau (+800), followed by Brian Harman (+2000), with Jason Day and Seamus Power (+2500) round out the Top 4.
Tony Finau has the opportunity to win back to back tournaments and also has the best odds to do it. Last week, Tony played with accuracy off the tee, pin point approach and great putting. If he can continue those trends and recent form, there is no reason he can’t hoist another trophy this Sunday.
Seamus Power is sitting atop the FedExCup standings currently for a reason. He has two top 3 finishes and has been putting extremely well. With a weakened field this week, I expect Seamus to have a strong finish.
Taylor Montgomery did not play incredibly well last week and is due for a bounce back considering his recent form, sans last week. He is still 11th in strokes gained: putting this season and that should have him playing near the top this weekend.