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