Sea Island, Georgia – Three past champions are among our RSM Classic picks, as the tour returns to the Seaside Course at Sea Island, Georgia.  The event was formerly known as the McGladrey Classic.

2014 champion Robert Streb, 2013 winner Chris Kirk and 2011 victor Ben Crane are among our choices this week, which, for the first time, are divided into four tiers, based on a player’s Draft Kings’ (DK) salary.

Here are our choices:

Tier 1 (DK Salary $9,000 and over)

Matt Kuchar, USA (OWGR = 17, DK Salary = $10,800)  – Kuchar hasn’t had a Top 10 on the PGA Tour since the Tour Championship but did win the Fiji Open on the Australasian Tour recently. Due for a good finish and has a good record at Sea Island with three Top 25’s in the the last four years, including a 7th place finish in 2013.

Kevin Kisner, USA (OWGR = 25, DK Salary = $10,400) – Some week Kisner’s string of runner-up finishes will end and he’ll finally get a chance to lift the trophy.  This is as good a week as any. In form (2nd at HSBC) and coming off a Top 5 finish here 12 months ago, he’s a favorite to pick up his first career win.

Patrick Rodgers, USA (OWGR = 96, DK Salary = $9,600) – If Kevin Kisner doesn’t continue the good fortune of first time winners, the 23-year old Rodgers could be the best bet.  No real history at this event, but four straight Top 20’s to start the season, including three Top 10’s, indicate a player ready for a breakthrough.

Tier 2 (DK Salary between $7,200 and $8,900)

Brendon de Jonge, SAF (OWGR = 135, DK Salary = $8,700) – Another one of those players who you can’t believe hasn’t won on tour. The South African hasn’t been overly impressive lately, but has a stellar record at Sea Island (2nd in 2014, 4th in 2012).  Sometimes comfortable surroundings is all it takes.

Robert Streb, USA (OWGR = 40, DK Salary = $8,700) – Hard to overlook the defending champion, who’s struggled a bit lately, but definitely has game, as he proved with Top 5 last season at Wells Fargo and at Firestone.  As they say, you’re still the champ until somebody beats you.

Chris Kirk, USA (OWGR = 34, DK Salary = $8,500) – Kirk backed up his win here in 2013 with an almost as impressive 4th place finish last year. The four time PGA Tour winner hasn’t played a lot since he won the Colonial, but hopefully shook off a bit of the rust with a disappointing finish at the HSBC.

Tier 3 (DK Salary between $6,400 and $7,100)

Hudson Swafford, USA (OWGR = 253, DK Salary = $6,900) – The 28 year-old native of Lakeland, Florida has a couple of Top 25 finishes in four starts so far in the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season and finished a solid 12th hear last year.  Should be a contender for a Top 10 finish.

Sean O’Hair, USA (OWGR = 120, DK Salary = $6,600) – The Texan has improved 354 places in the Official World Golf Ranking since the end of 2014 on the back of three top six finishes. O’Hair has finished in the Top 20 at Sea Island three of the last four years, so the course seems to agree with him.

Will MacKenzie, USA (OWGR = 270, DK Salary = $6,600) – Started strong at Mayakoba with a 67, but faded on the weekend to a T58. A runner-up here last year and hoping that Georgia will be the tonic he needs to get his game back on track.

Tier 4 (DK Salary between $5,200 and $6,300)

Jonas Blixt, SWE (OWGR = 175, DK Salary = $6,300) – Struggled mightily through a disappointing 2015. Hasn’t looked any better to start this season with a T48 at the and three missed cuts all his has to show for four starts.  Still the 2014 Masters runner-up has to be in their somewhere.

Bronson Burgoon, USA (OWGR = 326, DK Salary = $6,300) – The 2015 Tour graduate started out slow with two missed cuts in his first two PGA Tour events, but has a pair of Top 25’s in his last two starts.  Appears to be improving every week, so another solid finish seems likely.

Ben Crane, USA (OWGR = 319, DK Salary = $6,200) – A five-time PGA tour winner, the last coming at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic, Crane has virtually fallen off the face of the golfing world since his last victory.  A winner here in 2011, it seems like as good a time as any for the 39-year old to find his game.

Check here for groupings and tee times for Thursday’s first round.

Last Week’s Picks

Here’s how or picks for last week’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba fared:

Player Score Position
Charley Hoffman MC
Matt Kuchar -1 T68
Jason Bohn -18 T2 (Lost in playoff)
Harris English MC
Keegan Bradley -12 T8
Patton Kizzire -3 T58
Patrick Rodgers -11 T10
Chris Stroud MC
David Hearn +1 T74
Jason Kokrak -10 T17
Johnson Wagner -12 T8
Will MacKenzie -3 T58
  1. FrankGrimes says:


    Ps salaries aren’t millions are they?

    • Joe MacDonald says:

      Oops, thanks Frank. Wrong game…lol.

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