Yahoo Golf Talk: The RSM Classic

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Playing the final FedExCup event of the calendar year, a full field will head to Sea Island Golf Club for this week's RSM Classic.

Daylight is tough this time of year, so how do they squeeze in 156 golfers? They utilize two courses before the 36-hole cut.

Each golfer will play one round at the Seaside Course and one round at the Plantation Course.

Both courses are short and feature bermudagrass. When bermuda is a part of the equation, it often means that accuracy is rewarded because bermuda rough is generally pretty tricky and is usually tough to control your spin when attacking from the bermuda rough.

With that in mind, let's take a look at driving accuracy because avoiding the bermuda rough is the easiest way to avoid big numbers.

After that, let's take a look at historical performance when playing on similarly short courses.

Precision not Power

The list of past champs at Sea Island includes Robert Streb, Tyler Duncan, Austin Cook, Mackenzie Hughes, and Kevin Kisner among others.

It's safe to say that distance is not required here. Instead, fairways are usually the name of the game at Sea Island.

Let's take a look at recent performance to see who is hitting the most fairways (compared to the field) over the last 12 lead-in rounds:

Robert Streb
Brice Garnett
Andrew Landry
Brian Stuard
Tyler Duncan
Russell Knox
Lucas Glover
Chez Reavie
Hayden Buckley
Kyle Stanley
Adam Hadwin
Jim Herman
Matthias Schwab
Matt Kuchar
Aaron Rai

Matthias Schwab ($23): The Austrian is playing his first full season as a PGA TOUR member and still looking for his first big finish of the fall. With four top 20s in his last eight worldwide starts, he is showing enough game to be of interest to gamers. Now, he just need to transition that performance to a PGA TOUR event. With Sea Island favoring fairways and greens style of play, I like this event as a possible breakout tournament for the Vandy product.

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Short Course Performance

The Seaside Course at Sea Island is a par 70 that plays to just 7,005 yards on the scorecard. There is nothing overpowering about the course.

Then you get one round at the Plantation Course which is even shorter when you consider the 7,060 yard layout is a par 72, meaning just 55 more yards for two more strokes.

Here are the top performers (strokes gained putting per round) when playing on short courses, over the last two seasons:

Harris English
Webb Simpson
Cameron Smith
Scottie Scheffler
Adam Scott
Louis Oosthuizen
Corey Conners
Max Homa
Brendon Todd
Matthias Schwab
Jason Day
Russell Henley
Joaquin Niemann
Dylan Wu
Kevin Streelman

We can also look at a golfer's performance versus their baseline to see who over-performs most. Here is that list:

Dylan Wu
Trey Mullinax
Jim Herman
Andrew Landry
John Huh
Brandon Wu
Justin Lower
Brian Stuard
Seth Reeves
Brian Gay
Max Homa
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Vaughn Taylor
Chesson Hadley
Denny McCarthy

Overlap List: the names that show up on both lists include Max Homa and Dylan Wu.

Andrew Landry ($20): We saw Landry on the recent fairways list at the top as he also overperforms on short courses as we see right above. Does he pass the eye test? The Texan has top 10s in two of his last four starts and also has top 5s in two of his last four RSM Classic appearances. We should consider this a boom-or-bust type of play but Landry is someone that could really reward gamers with his upside.

Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!