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.

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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.


Webb Simpson+800
Billy Horschel+1400
Matt Kuchar+1800
Charles Howell III+2000


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. 


2018/2019Charles Howell IIIPlayoff win over Patrick Rodgers
2017/2018Austin Cook4 stroke win over J. J. Spaun
2016/2017Mackenzie HughesPlayoff win over Blayne Barber, Billy Horschel, Henrik Norlander, Camilo Villegas
2015/2016Kevin Kisner6 stroke win over Kevin Chappell
2014/2015Robert StrebPlayoff win over Brendon de Jonge, Will MacKenzie
2013/2014Chris Kirk1 stroke win over Briny Baird, Tim Clark
2012Tommy Gainey1 stroke win over David Toms
2011Ben CranePlayoff win over Webb Simpson
2010Heath Slocum1 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.

Odds to win the RSM Classic


Webb Simpson+800
Billy Horschel+1400
Matt Kuchar+1800
Charles Howell III+2000
Kevin Kisner+2500
Harris English+2800
Scottie Scheffler+2800
Adam Hadwin+2800
Alex Noren+2800
Russell Knox+3300
Dylan Frittelli+3300
Aaron Wise+4000
Brendon Todd+4000
Brian Gay+4000
Zach Johnson+4000
Vaughn Taylor+4000
Denny McCarthy+5000
Jim Furyk+5000
Brice Garnett+5000
Russell Henley+5000
Brian Harman+5000
Rory Sabbatini+5000
JT Poston+5000
Lanto Griffin+6600
Joel Dahmen+6600
Ryan Armour+6600
Brian Stuard+6600
Adam Long+6600
Austin Cook+8000
Chris Kirk+8000
Harry Higgs+8000
Beau Hossler+8000
Kevin Streelman+8000
Si-Woo Kim+8000
Cameron Tringale+8000
Cameron Percy+8000
Kyle Stanley+8000
Xinjun Zhang+8000
Robby Shelton+8000
Bronson Burgoon+10000
Nick Taylor+10000
Matt Jones+10000
David Hearn+10000
Kevin Chappell+10000
Kramer Hickok+10000
Luke List+10000
Robert Streb+10000
Sebastian Munoz+10000
Chesson Hadley+10000
Jhonattan Vegas+10000
Peter Uihlein+10000
Zac Blair+10000
Henrik Norlander+10000
Aaron Baddeley+12500
Adam Schenk+12500
Mark Hubbard+12500
Nick Watney+12500
Patrick Rodgers+12500
Stewart Cink+12500
Sam Ryder+12500
Bo Hoag+12500
Doc Redman+12500
Fabian Gomez+12500
Keith Mitchell+12500
Martin Laird+12500
Michael Thompson+12500
Patton Kizzire+12500
Talor Gooch+12500
JJ Spaun+12500
Jason Dufner+12500
Troy Merritt+12500
Scott Stallings+15000
Andrew Landry+15000
Brendan Steele+15000
D J Trahan+15000
Mackenzie Hughes+15000
Maverick McNealy+15000
Scott Harrington+15000
Tom Hoge+15000
Bill Haas+15000
Boo Weekley+15000
Chris Stroud+15000
Hank Lebioda+15000
Josh Teater+15000
Scott Brown+15000
Sepp Straka+15000
Tyler Duncan+15000
Dominic Bozzelli+15000
Joseph Bramlett+15000
Luke Donald+15000
James Hahn+20000
Peter Malnati+20000
Shawn Stefani+20000
Wes Roach+20000
Anirban Lahiri+20000
Ben Martin+20000
Doug Ghim+20000
Hudson Swafford+20000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+20000
Kristoffer Ventura+25000



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