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2016 RSM ClassicSea Island, Georgia – The PGA Tour returns to Davis Love III‘s home turf this week for the playing of the 2016 RSM Classic.

As with other events in the early going of the 2016-2017 wrap around season, none of the worlds elite players are in the field this week. Some are resting after a busy 2016. Others are in Dubai for the European Tour’s season-ending event.

Still there are FedEx Cup points available and a chance for a year or career defining victory.

Here’s what you need to know as you watch the 2016 RSM Classic.

Last Year

After four runner-up finishes in 2015, Kevin Kisner finally got his first PGA Tour win. His final round 64 gave him a commanding six shot victory over fellow American Kevin Chappell.

Kisner earned $1,026,000 for the win, finishing with a 72-hole total of 260, 22 under par.

Chappell, another player looking for his first win, closed with a 67.

Graeme McDowell, Jon Curran and Freddie Jacobson finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. McDowell and Jacobson had 67 and Sunday, while Curran had a final round 66.

Here are the final results of the 2015 RSM Classic:

1 Kevin Kisner 65 67 64 64 260
2 Kevin Chappell 66 65 68 67 266
3 Graeme McDowell 67 68 65 67 267
4 Jon Curran 67 70 66 66 269
5 Freddie Jacobson 65 67 71 67 270
T6 Alex Cejka 67 67 67 70 271
T6 Russell Henley 66 72 68 65 271
T6 Jeff Overton 64 72 66 69 271
T9 Jamie Lovemark 69 68 67 68 272
T9 Scott Stallings 66 70 69 67 272
T9 John Huh 69 69 68 66 272
T9 Tom Hoge 64 74 68 66 272
T9 Chad Campbell 66 71 68 67 272
T9 Charles Howell III 67 70 67 68 272
T9 Jason Dufner 67 70 66 69 272
T9 David Hearn 64 72 67 69 272
T9 Lucas Glover 66 71 67 68 272

The Field for the 2016 RSM Classic

Despite the fact that no one in the Top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking are in field, there are still a lot of quality players at the 2016 RSM Classic.

Eight players in the Top 50 in the world are teeing it up, led by #20 Matt Kuchar. Other top players include Brandt Snedeker, the 26th ranked player in the world and 2015 runner-up Kevin Chappell. Chappell has recorded three more second place finishes in 2016 as he looks for his first win.

The list of contenders also includes major champions Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson.

Here is a complete list of tee times and players for rounds one and two.

Past Champions in the 2016 RSM Classic field

With this being just the seventh edition of the RSM Classic, the pool of past champions is relatively small. But all six RSM Classic/McGladrey Classic winners are in the field for the 2016 RSM Classic.

In addition to defending champ Kevin Kisner, Robert Streb (2014 winner), Chris Kirk (2013), Tommy Gainey (2012), Ben Crane (2011) and Heath Slocum (2010) are all among the scheduled starters.

Hottest Players in the 2016 RSM Classic

According to the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings (RFGR), here at the hottest players in the field for the 2016 RSM Classic:

POS NAT PLAYER RFGR OWGR
1 USA Chris Kirk 13 71
2 USA Cody Gribble 15 195
3 USA Luke List 19 202
4 USA Lucas Glover 32 172
5 USA Bill Haas 34 38
6 USA Kevin Chappell 43 28
7 USA Charles Howell III 49 97
8 ENG Greg Owen 50 225
9 KOR Si Woo Kim 53 54
10 USA Kevin Streelman 54 104
11 USA Jason Kokrak 61 88
12 IND Anirban Lahiri 70 78

2016 RSM Classic – Our Picks

Here are the players we feel have the best chance of winning the 2016 RSM Classic:

1. Kevin Chappell – The time is now for win number one.

2. Kevin Kisner – Defending champion was dominant here last year.

3. Chris Kirk – 2013 champ has four top 10’s in last five starts.

4. Matt Kuchar – Olympic bronze medalist due for a win.

5. Bill Haas  – Was T4 at the HSBC Champions, his last start

6. Jim Furyk – Hall of Famer looking to get his year off to a good start.

2016 RSM Classic – Sleepers

Here are players who might not get the attention but could be big contenders at the 2016 RSM Classic:

1. Ben Crane – 2011 champion had a Top 15 last week.

2. Bryson DeChambeau – Will win sometime, why not this week?

3. Patrick Rodgers – Will 2016-2017 be his breakthrough season?

4. Kevin Streelman – Two-time tour winner looking in-form after a T4 in Mexico.

5. Robert Streb  – 2014 winner looking to bounce back from disappointing 2016.

6. Charles Howell III – Hard to believe a player this good hasn’t won for nine years.

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