Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island GA
The Tour’s top dogs are either playing at the DP World Tour Championship or simply taking a couple of weeks off before Tiger’s Hero Challenge in the Bahamas. The top-ranked player (and favourite) this week at Sea Island is number 26, Brian Harman. This is a tournament that has seen some of the same players return year after year with consistently strong finishes. Good players but also shorter hitters like Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, and Zach Johnson have fared well at the RSM. This Fazio re-design puts a premium on strong iron play with its smallish, crowned greens. Adept scramblers usually perform well at this track.
Who should win? – Seamus Power 20/1
Power began showing up on the first page of leaderboards last season and posted a T4 at last years tournament. He won his first Tour title a few weeks ago in Bermuda and finished T3 at Mayakoba.
Who could win? – Jason Day 22/1, Tom Hoge 22/1, Mackenzie Hughes 33/1
Jason Day is on the long road back to respectable golf with the following finishes in his last four events – T8, T11, T21, T16. Hoge had a T4 here last year and his results before his recent MC at Mayakoba were T12, T4, T9, T13. Hughes celebrated his second career win at the Sanderson Farms Championship and followed up with a T23 at the ZOZO and a T16 last week in Houston.
Longer shots to consider – Webb Simpson 50/1
If Simpson hadn’t had such a distinguished record of top finishes in this event, his odds to win would likely have been a lot longer than 50/1. His most recent event was the CJ Cup with a T52 finish. Prior to that, he had a WD and two MC’s. Perhaps the friendly and familiar grounds of Sea Island will help him return to form.
Who will win? – Jason Day
Day will win again some day, so why not here against a weak field and on a course where his still strong short game will come in handy.
Odds courtesy of Bet365.com