RSM Classic Betting Preview: Can Webb Simpson go one better this year?
Odds and preview for this week’s PGA Tour tournament
After last week‘s Masters, the PGA Tour makes a short trip from Augusta to the Sea Island Golf Club this week for the RSM Classic.
There’s an unusually strong field at this year’s event – many players would usually be winding down for Thanksgiving, but they would already have been nearby for the Masters this time around.
Before the first ball is struck, we’ve run the rule over the contenders at the top of the betting.
Webb Simpson lost out in a playoff to Tyler Duncan in this tournament last year, having also suffered the agony of a playoff defeat here in 2011. Will he go all the way this time?
The 35-year-old has looked in good shape since last year’s loss to Duncan – he won the Phoenix Open and RBC Heritage, and has finished inside the top 20 in eight of his last nine tournaments.
Webb also comes into this off the back of a second-successive top-ten finish at the Masters. With plenty of momentum and motivation, our traders think this could be his year.
Having missed the cut at the Masters, having last weekend off could be a crucial advantage for Hatton.
Even the fittest players will struggle with this season’s gruelling schedule. Most players on the Tour will have had little break since the spring break, then there has been three Majors and FedEx Cup Playoffs packed into the calendar.
Hatton’s rivals here may struggle to switch from Augusta National’s tough terrain to the easier greens at Sea Island. The Englishman was also on a hot streak prior to the Masters, with seven top tens and two wins since March.
Sungjae Im came joint-second at Augusta, the best finish by a Masters debutant since Jordan Spieth in 2014.
The South Korean caught the eye with his slow, considered backswing, which allows him to pack real power into his shots. He’s not yet the finished article, as shown by his first-nine mistakes in the final round, but the 2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year clearly demonstrated why he’s one to watch.
Having won the Honda Classic earlier this year, he’ll be looking to build on his Masters display with a second Tour triumph.
Russell Henley has played some great golf lately, rising to 58th in the world rankings after posting four top-ten finishes in his last seven outings. He’s also got a decent record here, with three top-ten finishes between 2015 and 2017.
If he’s going to win in his home state, much will depend on his putting on the tight track. If he can rediscover his touch from a few years ago, when he was one of the best putters on the Tour, he’s in with a real shot.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.