Have you considered RSM Classic predictions? The final installment of the 2022/23 PGA Tour gets underway this week as golfers battle it out in the PGA RSM Classic from Sea Island Resort, St. Simons Island.
We are finally at the end of a lengthy PGA Tour season that started last September with the Fortinet Championship. Players who are yet to secure their Tour cards for next year will need a strong display.
Names such as Ludvig Aberg, Brian Harman and Cameron Young will all be popular choices for RSM Classic predictions. Let’s dive into everything you need to know in my preview below!
2023 PGA Butterfield Bermuda Championship Results
Camilo Villegas was a huge longshot winner of last week’s Bermuda Championship. I stated in my preview that he was surely worth a $10 bet at a price of +10000 after his fine display at the WWT Championship in Mexico the week prior.
Well, the Colombian unduly delivered as he shot 24-under to beat Alex Noren by two strokes. If you jumped on the Villegas train, then you could have been in for some huge profits! Could we see a repeat at Sea Island this week?
Check out my RSM Classic predictions below as we try and identify the winner again this week in the final tournament of the season. Head on over to my handicapper page, Ashlee Kiddell, to gain access to all of my selections.
2023 PGA RSM Classic Preview
When: Thursday, 16th November – Sunday, 19th November, 2023
Where: Sea Island Resort, St. Simons Island, GA
TV: Golf Channel / Peacock
Field: 156 Golfers
Purse: $8,400,000 (Winner gets $1,512,000)
The final tournament of the FedEx Cup Fall Series presents the last opportunity for players to earn their PGA Tour cards for next year so there is still a lot at stake. The top-125 golfers in the FedEx Cup rankings will be able to earn their privileges for 2024.
Players such as Henrik Norlander, Maverick McNealy, Ryan Moore, C.T. Pan and Patton Kizzire are within touching distance of the top-125 and will be fighting for their 2024 PGA Tour cards.
Canadian golfer Adam Svensson is the current tournament holder after he beat Sahith Theegala, Callum Tarren and Harman by two strokes in 2022. Svensson’s latest odds of +4000 sees him as an outside contender to retain his crown.
The RSM Classic, originally known as the McGladrey Classic, was first played in 2010. Heath Slocum won the first ever tournament, beating Bill Haas by one stroke. It has been decided via a playoff a total of five times, with the last time occurring in 2020.
Sea Island Resort Course Information
Par: 72 / Yards: 7,060
Par: 70 / Yards: 7,005
Golfers will play on both the Seaside and Plantation courses for the RSM Classic. Players who make the cut will play on the Seaside course for the final two rounds. The Seaside course is regularly ranked inside the top 100 courses in the United States.
Driving Distance is not expected to play too much of a factor when trying to identify a winner. Many past winners have not previously shown good power off the tee. Of course, accuracy off the tee could have a say, but previous victors have also not been the best with their driving accuracy either.
Despite there being a total of two Canadian winners over the past seven years, with 2016 winner Mackenzie Hughes also finishing as a runner-up in 2021, local players have also performed well at Sea Island Resort.
Expert PGA RSM Classic Predictions for 2023
The likes of Aberg (+1150), Russell Henley (+1350), Young (+1750), Harman (+1750) and Corey Conners (+2000) are the current market leaders for RSM Classic predictions. However, it has been outsiders who have won the tournament in recent history.
Aberg has been pretty consistent during the FedEx Cup Fall Series thus far and has recorded T2, T13 and T10 finishes over his last three consecutive outings. The minimum expectation for the young Swede is to at least compete here. Young made his return at the WWT Championship, finishing T54, after last featuring at the BMW Championship in August. He will be hoping to get back in better form in this one.
However, Henley, Harman and Conners have all had some significant time off and haven’t played since the Tour Championship at East Lake to conclude the FedEx Cup playoff events. Henley had the best performance in Georgia, finishing T14, whilst Harman and Conners finished outside of the top-20.
Harman performed extremely well in last year’s RSM Classic, securing a T2 finish, whilst Young didn’t make the cut. The other three of the top five contenders didn’t feature in the 2022 edition. Nevertheless, could Conners continue the trend of success for Canadian golfers? His strong iron play will help him here, especially since Driving Distance isn’t of too much importance.
Top Contenders to Win the 2023 PGA RSM Classic
When trying to identify the top contenders for RSM Classic predictions, it is a good idea to take a look at players who have performed well on bermudagrass in the past. Historically, those who have shined at the Bermuda Championship have also put in good displays at Sea Island.
Looking to build upon a T20 finish at the Bermuda Championship last week, Brendon Todd (+3500) is another top contender. He has had previous success on bermudagrass but failed to make the cut in last year’s RSM Classic.
Playing on the PGA Tour for the first time since the BMW Championship in September, Billy Horschel (+3500) has been featuring on the DP World Tour since. However, this is still his first tournament in over a month. Horschel has finished 20th or lower in each of his last three straight appearances and has performed well on bermudagrass before too so looks to be a good value pick.
Matt Kuchar (+2800) is an interesting prospect when it comes to RSM Classic predictions. He finished T2 at the WWT Championship and T7 at the first tournament of the FedEx Cup Fall Series in the Fortinet Championship back in September. The veteran looks in good form heading into the tournament.
Longshots to Win the 2023 PGA RSM Classic
Since outsiders have won this tournament a lot in the past, it would be foolish not to look at some longshot contenders for RSM Classic predictions.
We simply cannot ignore Villegas (+5000). He is in magnificent form after finishing T2 at the WWT Championship and winning the Bermuda Championship last week. He has also performed well at the RSM Classic before, taking part in the 2016 playoff. At such long odds, we have got to have at least a little something on him again this week.
Svensson (+4000) should also be considered after winning last year’s tournament. He had made a solid start to the FedEx Cup Fall Series, securing T16 and T18 finishes at the Sanderson Farms Championship and Shriners Children’s Open respectively. He has suffered a dip in form of late, though, finishing outside the top-40 at both the ZOZO Championship and WWT Championship. The Canadian will be looking for a response here.
2023 PGA RSM Classic Predictions – Outright Winner
So, we’ve gone through some of the top contenders and longshots to win the RSM Classic. It’s time now to lock-in my RSM Classic predictions. I have made three picks for the outright winner. Make sure you sign in to Sports Hub to take a look at my picks!
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2023 PGA RSM Classic – Top-10 Finish
I have been in favor of looking at top-10 finishes of late. With outsiders previously performing well at the RSM Classic, we will be able to find some good value for those looking to secure a top-10 finish.
I have been hot on Svensson for some time and I am backing him to at least finish inside the top-10 here. Form hasn’t necessarily been a decisive factor when looking at strong performers at the RSM Classic in the past and I am expecting him to bounce back.
Finally, I have also selected Conners (+225) to secure a top-10 finish. Despite him needing to dust off the cobwebs after last featuring at the Tour Championship, his quality shouldn’t be overlooked and he is one of the better players in the field.
Best Bet: Adam Svensson (+375) & Corey Conners (+225)
2023 PGA RSM Classic Odds
Here are the odds for the top 30 golfers at the 2023 PGA RSM Classic (subject to change):
- Ludvig Aberg (+1150)
- Russell Henley (+1350)
- Cameron Young (+1750)
- Brian Harman (+1750)
- Corey Conners (+2000)
- Eric Cole (+2500)
- J.T. Poston (+2500)
- Matt Kuchar (+2800)
- Si Woo Kim (+2800)
- Justin Suh (+3000)
- Denny McCarthy (+3000)
- Brendon Todd (+3500)
- Billy Horschel (+3500)
- Alex Noren (+3500)
- Adam Svensson (+4000)
- J.J. Spaun (+4000)
- Stephan Jaeger (+4000)
- Taylor Pendrith (+4000)
- Harris English (+4500)
- Davis Thompson (+5000)
- Chris Kirk (+5000)
- Alex Smalley (+5000)
- Camilo Villegas (+5000)
- Luke List (+5500)
- Ben Griffin (+5500)
- Akshay Bhatia (+5500)
- Chesson Hadley (+6000)
- Mark Hubbard (+6000)
- Nicholas Lindheim (+6500)
- Adam Schenk (+6500)