2019 RSM Classic Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
The PGA Tour heads to Saint Simmons Island for the RSM Classic ahead of the 2019 Presidents Cup. The event is known for sunset finishes, playoffs, and one stroke wins. According to JazzSports Webb Simpson and Charles Howell III, who is the defending Classic Champion, are among the favorites to win outright.
Simpson is +800 with Howell a bit down the list at +2000. Here are the top-four at +2000 and under according to JazzSports Sportsbook Review.
Charles Howell III
Nine Years of Stats
Past winners and stats are taken into consideration by top Rated Online Sportsbooks, such as JazzSports. There are plenty of stats to make note of after the Classics nine-year run. First, there’s never been a repeat winner. Secondly, the event has ended in a playoff four times, Lastly, the tournament has been won by one stroke, including playoffs, six of nine times.
Charles Howell III
Playoff win over Patrick Rodgers
4 stroke win over J. J. Spaun
Playoff win over Blayne Barber, Billy Horschel, Henrik Norlander, Camilo Villegas
6 stroke win over Kevin Chappell
Playoff win over Brendon de Jonge, Will MacKenzie
1 stroke win over Briny Baird, Tim Clark
1 stroke win over David Toms
Playoff win over Webb Simpson
1 stroke win over Bill Haas
Predicting the RSM Classic
Webb Simpson was the runner up at the RSM Classic in 2011 an that was the year that he also won two of his five PGA Tour wins. Simpson comes in as the favorite at +800 due to his strong finish during the 2018/2019 season and finished T7 during his first outing this year. Simpson will be the player to beat on Sunday if his bag is as hot as it was towards the end of last season and his showing at the Shriners.
Charles Howell III is the defending RSM Classic champ and can become the first repeat winner at this event. And he’s been tough this season. So far in the 2019/2020 season he has a T20, T8, and T2 respectively. Howell can win his second Classic title at a course that lends itself to his style of play.
Top-Rated Online Sportsbooks are pointing to Simpson, Howell, Billy Horschel (+1400) and Matt Kuchar (+1800) with good reason. They will all be factors this week and in the hunt on Sunday. However, the RSM Classic is not an event filled with top-names which opens a PGA Tour win to a wider swath of players. Don’t be surprised if players further down the odds list such as Aaron Wise, Luke List, or Jim Furyk make a run on Saint Simons Island at Sea Island Golf Club.
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