The final PGA Tour tournament of the year is here with the RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia. The RSM Classic marks both the end of the PGA Tour season and the conclusion of the inaugural FedExCup Fall. Tournament play begins on Thursday, November 16th and ends on Sunday, November 19th.
The top 125 on the FedExCup Fall standings at the conclusion of the golf tournament will earn their 2024 PGA Tour exemption along with entry into all full-field events and THE PLAYERS Championship. Individuals who finish 51-60th in the standings will gain entry into the first two Signature Events of the 2024 season.
Adam Svensson returns to the island to defend his 2022 title. The 29-year old Canadian captured his first PGA Tour victory thanks to a four-day total of 263 (19-under). Svensson defeated Brian Harman, Callum Tarren, and Sahith Theegala by two shots.
Sea Island Golf Club
The first two rounds of the tournament will take place at the Seaside and Plantation courses on the property. Seaside is a par-70 that measures approximately 7,005 yards while the Plantation track is a par-72 that stretches 7,060 yards. Over the final two days of the tournament, Seaside will host through the weekend.
Tournament host Davis Love III and his brother Mark oversaw the redesign of the Plantation Course in 2019, inspired by the original 1928 layout. Famed golf course architect Tom Fazio undertook the links-style Seaside track in 1999.
One notable statistic heading into the week, the last three winners of this event have ranked inside the top 10 in Strokes Gained: Putting.
The RSM Classic Field
Open champion Brian Harman returns to play for the first time since the TOUR Championship. Harman is a Sea Island resident and has a trio of top 10 finishes at this event, including his runner-up last year.
Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg continues his torrid start to his professional career after making the jump in the spring following a successful collegiate career at Texas Tech. Aberg comes in ranked 53 in the Official World Golf Rankings and looks to jump inside the top 50 and earn a Masters invite.
Billy Horschel makes his first start of the Fall series after placing fourth at the Wyndham Championship to close out the PGA Tour regular season. Horschel took his game across the pond during the fall, finishing inside the top 20 in four events on the DP World Tour.
Corey Conners and Russell Henley will also tee it up this week for the first time since the Tour Championship.
Who are the Betting Favorites?
Aberg and Henley (+1400 at Bookmaker) are the early betting favorites heading into the opening round of the tournament. Aberg has made nine of 10 cuts this year, finishing inside the top 25 in seven of them. Henley aims for PGA Tour win number five with a strong showing this week.
Right behind the two favorites are Harman and Cameron Young at +1800 each. Harman comes in ranked 21st in SG: Putting and his history at this event makes him an intriguing player this week.
Rounding out the betting favorites are Conners (+2000), Eric Cole (+2500), and J.T. Poston (+2500). Cole ranks 17th on the PGA Tour this season in SG: Putting.