2015 RSM Classic at Sea Island Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Graeme McDowell’s win on Monday at the OHL Classic, the PGA Tour heads to Saint Simons Island, Georgia for its second straight three letter acronym tourney—The RSM Classic.  Other than sounding like some random old type of TaylorMade irons (“you still playing the RSMs dude?”), apparently according to Google, RSM is “a multi-national network of accounting firms forming the 7th largest accountancy professional services network in the world.” 

The host course is the familiar Sea Island venue, which is a charming, popular track that many Tour players call home.  The home course advantage this week includes host Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Harris English, Brian Harman and many others.  This year the tourney expands to two courses for the first two rounds as joining the perennial Seaside course is the recently renovated Plantation course, which is an inland course redone by Rees Jones.

A solid week for my picks last week at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, as all 4 players made the cut, including Semi-Flier Scott Brown who notched a t-5th and Lockzilla Patrick Rodgers who continued his solid form and finished t-10th.  I definitely didn’t see WGC-HSBC winner Russell Knox continuing his hot streak, as I had labeled him as my bust, and he proved me wrong in finishing t-2nd.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last week: Rodgers t-10th, Kizzire t-58th)

Kevin Kisner
Kevin Kisner
– Unfortunately for the Kis, the PGA Tour’s 5 consecutive tournament first-time winner’s streak to start the new season didn’t include him, as he’s still searching for that maiden Tour victory.  As evidenced by his 2015 Tour season, jumping into the winner’s circle is simply inevitable at this point, and what better track to do it on than Sea Island in his college state where he has three top 26 finishes in four career tries, including a t-4th last year.  Oh yeah, and don’t forget that he finished solo 2nd in his last start at the WGC-HSBC Champions just two weeks ago.  The Kis is an absolute top 10 lock this week with winning upside.

Patton Kizzire
Patton Kizzire
– After a disappointing t-58th finish in Mayakoba last week, which undoubtedly burned many in the fantasy golfing world, don’t hesitate whatsoever about reloading the chamber with some Patton this week.  He’s still in mighty fine form and now gets some home cookin’ as he’s yet another one of those residents of Saint Simmons Island.  Oodles of talent this 29-year-old undoubtedly has, and PGA Tour victory #1 very well could come this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Leishman Brown t-5th)

Jason Kokrak
Jason Kokrak
– I nailed Scott Brown in this Semi-Flier spot last week as he finished t-5th and I’m planning on coming through in a big way this week with the long-bombing Canadian.  Now with four full seasons under his belt on the PGA Tour, provided that he can stay healthy it’s time for Kokrak to win this season the PGA Tour.  Coming off of a t-17th last week at the OHL Classic, which followed a t-12th at the Sanderson Farms the week prior couples pretty well with his course history here, which shows a 3/3 cuts-made mark including a t-10th in ’13.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Knox t-2nd)

Russell Henley
Russell Henley
– Call me crazy, but I’m totally on the Henley fade-train this week.  I know, there’s every reason to like him this week, notably his solo 10th at the Shriners in his last Tour start and his t-4th here last year and oh yeah, he’s a Georgia boy…but, he’s never been a consistent PGA Tour player.  Scrappy ball-striking and great putting has been his M.O., and over the course of a career that disparity will lead to multiple victories and lots of missed cuts.  I’m simply calling for the latter here from Russell this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Sabbatini t-40th)

Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson
– When looking up PGA Tour players who call Sea Island home this name might not show up.  That’s because Michael just recently relocated there after having a special affinity for the Saint Simons Island area for years now.  Word is that Michael is on a new fitness regimen, is working with a new instructor and is determined to hit it longer and seriously up his game.  The results thus far may not fully show it, but he’s making some strides as he was in the top 10 at the halfway point of both the Sanderson Farms Championship and OHL Classic the past two weeks, before fading on the weekend to respective finishes of t-20th and t-34th.  Let those finishing numbers shy others away while you pounce, as the fact that he’s in solid form plus that he finished solo 3rd here in 2011 (he lead at the halfway point after opening 65-65) and t-10th in ’12 show that he’s more than sniffed contention here before.  Michael Thompson is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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