Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: The RSM Classic
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|Key Stats for The RSM Classic
at Sea Island Resort (Seaside & Plantation)
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Putting on Bermuda|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
We have two courses for this event, the Seaside and Plantation courses at Sea Island Resort. We'll get Shotlink data from the Seaside course, and golfers will play three rounds there -- provided they make the cut. That means one each at Seaside and Plantation for those slamming the trunk after Friday's round.
This event is one where all types of golfers can succeed, and that means that accurate drivers are fully in the mix, and actually, they tend to fare quite well at the RSM. The past five winners have ranged between 17 under to 22 under par, so scoring -- ball-striking and putting -- is more important than scrambling to save par.
Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour, and putting surface splits include the past 100 rounds when possible, unless noted. Ranks are among the field.
Best of the Best
Webb Simpson (FanDuel Salary: $12,000 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +1000) - Simpson is the closest thing to a slam dunk as we'll get in PGA DFS. He ranks 10th in the field in strokes gained: tee to green and is 5th in birdie or better rate. He is 5th in the field in strokes gained: putting on Bermuda (gaining a very nice 0.69 strokes per round on the surface). He was 10th at the Masters last week, and this course suits him way better, and the field is -- believe it or not -- not as difficult. Additionally, he has finished top-three here in consecutive events.
Sebastian Munoz ($10,700 | +3100) - Munoz hung around for a while and wound up 19th at Augusta last week. Munoz rates out 23rd in this field in strokes gained: tee to green because of a balanced stats profile. He's also 25th in birdie or better rate gained by ranking 13th in opportunities gained. The real kicker? He putts best on Bermuda by a good margin, ranking 35th in the field by gaining 0.24 strokes per round. He finished third here last year.
Others to Consider:
Sungjae Im ($11,600 | +1600) - Lots of airtime last week en route to a T2 at Augusta; Im's best finishes come on Bermuda tracks.
Harris English ($11,000 | +2700) - A possible forgotten man, English is 16th in Bermuda putting and 8th tee to green.
Kevin Kisner ($10,500 | +3400) - A former winner at this event and a local, he's 28th in approach, 42nd in fairways gained, and 9th in Bermuda putting.
Doc Redman ($9,800 | +6500) - Redman has the ball-striking to pick apart just about any course. He's 20th in the field in strokes gained: off the tee and 10th in strokes gained approach. That combines to rank him 7th in opportunities gained and 21st in birdie or better rate. He's exactly average in Bermuda putting, and he's 19th in fairways gained. This sets up well for Redman to thrive again after a 23rd a year ago.
Sam Burns ($9,300 | +8000) - [Editor's note: Burns has withdrawn from this event.] Burns is more of a bomber (3rd in distance gained) than a fairway finder (130th in fairways gained), but he is elite with the putter on Bermuda (6th), which leads to a lot of scoring (4th in birdies or better gained). We've seen lengthy hitters fare well recently, namely Luke List and Cameron Champ, so we can be fine with Burns at the salary. He was 37th here two years ago.
Others to Consider:
Talor Gooch ($9,800 | +5500) - Is 55th or better in all three tee to green stats and is a balanced driver, as well; 23rd here last year after two missed cuts.
Brendon Todd ($9,700 | +6500) - Very much a short-game driven golfer but 13th on Bermuda and 30th in birdie rate; 4th here last year.
Zach Johnson ($9,500 | +5500) - His lack of distance won't hurt him here, and he's 23rd in strokes gained: approach.
Harold Varner ($8,800 | +10000) - Varner's big blemish is Bermuda putting. That's really it, though. Varner loses 0.34 strokes per round on Bermuda greens over the past 100 rounds. Over the past 50 rounds, however, Varner is second in this field in strokes gained: tee to green. He does it with balanced driving (45th in distance and 55th in fairways gained). He'll have to be totally dreadful with the putter not to make the cut here so long as the tee-to-green game shows up.
Martin Laird ($8,600 | +12000) - Laird has a recent win at the Shriners two events back, and he earned the win by having his usual tee-to-green game and putting well (3.3 strokes gained). That win came on bentgrass, but he's better with the putter on Bermuda greens. Laird, overall, sits 18th in strokes gained: tee to green (14th off the tee and 26th in approach). He's 15th in opportunities gained, so he fits the mold for this event.
Others to Consider:
Henrik Norlander ($8,600 | +15000) - Gets a Bermuda bump; ball-striking is a bit better than the results have been, as well. Two top-10s here over the past four starts.
Charley Hoffman ($8,600 | +10000) - Is 33rd tee to green with three top-30s in the past five starts in similar fields but not particularly accurate (130th).
Kevin Streelman ($8,000 | +10000) - Terrible on Bermuda greens (138th) but 21st in fairways gained, 17th in birdie or better rate, and 22nd in approach.