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PGA DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: The RSM Classic (2023)

by Matthew MacKay | @Matt_MacKay_ | Featured Writer
Nov 16, 2022
Brian Harman

St. Simons Island, Georgia is the next stop on the 2022-23 PGA Tour circuit. Sea Island Golf Club will host a field of 156 players beginning Thursday, offering a unique twist with two different courses to play on before the cut-line is enforced. Yes, Seaside and Plantation form the two courses that will be played in the first two rounds. Players who advance will be strictly competing on Seaside for the remainder of the weekend.

Last week, Tony Finau earned his first outright win of the 2022-23 PGA season in dominant fashion, winning with a final scorecard of -16-under-par. It was four strokes lower than Tyson Alexander, who finished second place at the Cadence Bank Houston Open. Finau bowed out of the RSM Classic following his win, so he won’t be available to roster in DFS lineups during the four days at Sea Island GC. Scottie Scheffler was the betting favorite entering the Houston Open and drew a T9 (-6-under-par) finish, while Sahith Theegala (T22/-4) and Andrew Putnam (T35/-1) were my only other recommended picks who managed to return value in DFS lineups. Matthew NeSmith and Taylor Montgomery finished T53 and T57 respectively, while Sam Burns wound up withdrawing due to a terrible seven-over-par start in the first round.

I’ve gathered six of my favorite players to target when constructing DFS lineups ahead of Thursday’s opening tee times at Sea Island GC. Let’s cash out and enjoy the unique format down at St. Simons Island, Georgia!

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Previous Winners

  • 2022 – Talor Gooch (-22)
  • 2021 – Robert Streb (-19)
  • 2020 – Tyler Duncan (-19)
  • 2019 – Charles Howell III (-19)
  • 2018 – Austin Cook (-21)

Relevant Betting Stats

  • Greens in Regulation Percentage
  • Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green
  • Scrambling
  • Strokes Gained: Putting

Course Overview

Players will get to experience both Seaside and Plantation courses during the first two rounds, playing one of each before returning to Seaside for the final two rounds following the enforced cut-line. Seaside is a par 70 that tips just over 7,000 yards featuring Bermuda grass that measures up to 13 feet via the Stimpmeter. Designed by Colt & Alison alongside Tom Fazio, this course has been played on for close to a century. It’s not a challenging course, yielding scoring averages under 69 last season, but the prevailing coastal winds always create obstacles for players to overcome.

Plantation is a par 72 that runs a bit longer at 7,060 yards which also features Bermuda greens that will roll upwards of 12 feet. It was redesigned by Davis Love III and his family’s golf design team while offering double the amount (4) of par 5s compared to Seaside. It will only be played once, but players will split their time starting at either course and switching on Friday. Players should prepare for a lot of doglegged fairways flanked by bodies of water with plenty of strategically placed sank bunkers in the fairways and surrounding the Bermuda greens. Distance, accuracy, and finesse will all be critical for players to produce red on their scorecards as they bounce between both courses in hopes of making the cut.

Recommended Plays: DraftKings

DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000

Brian Harman ($10,300)
Brian Harman has gotten off to a red-hot start to the PGA season, producing finishes of T15, T23, and second most recently at Mayakoba. The 35-year-old American is ranked 20th in greens in regulation conversion at over 73 percent, while standing 26th in total strokes gained, meaning his irons are dialed in. An accurate driver will also help Harman navigate Sea Island GC. He finished T61 last year, and missed the cut the year before, but did have a T14 finish in the 2019-20 season. Harman’s best finish at the RSM Classic in recent memory is his T4 finish (-14) where he saved his best for last, logging five-under-par on Sunday. His momentum and confidence right now should help Harman channel his best efforts from a few years back to produce his second T10 finish of the 2022-23 season.

Keith Mitchell ($9,300)
Right now, Keith Mitchell is a hot commodity, producing a T9 finish (-6) at the Houston Open a week ago. The 30-year-old native of Tennessee had a rough start but he’s got an accurate, powerful driver while ranking 14th in strokes gained off-the-tee. Mitchell logged a T12 finish a year ago at the RSM Classic and has the sixth-highest odds to win outright at 25/1. He’s a solid-discounted player who has a lot of upside at Sea Island, so fire him up with confidence.

J.J. Spaun ($7,800)
There aren’t any eye-popping metrics to focus on when it comes to rostering J.J. Spaun but the guy simply produces good finishes this season. The 32-year-old American has three T25 finishes in five events to start the year, which is always a good sign. He finished T16 at RSM in 2021-22, which was a massive improvement from a T59 finish back in 2020. At under $8,000 on DraftKings, Spaun is a great salary-saving option who could pop late in the weekend to flood your lineups with points.

Recommended Plays: FanDuel

FanDuel maximum salary is set at $60,000

Jason Day ($11,300)
After missing the cut at Fortinet, Jason Day has been crushing his events this season. The 35-year-old Aussie has four consecutive T25 finishes, including two inside of the top 15, while ranking 18th in total strokes gained. He’s converting over 73.7 percent of his greens in regulation while averaging over four birdies per round. Accuracy with his driver and irons will go a long way toward climbing the leaderboard at RSM, where Day has produced previous finishes of MC and T12. Day is playing with confidence and has numerous ways to produce a red scorecard on Thursday, so plug him into FanDuel lineups and watch the points pile up.

Denny McCarthy ($10,400)
It’s been a volatile start to Denny McCarthy’s season in 2022. He produced a T6 finish at Butterfield in Bermuda but came back down to earth with a T53 at the Houston Open last weekend. McCarthy is another player without eye-popping numbers in his measurables, but he does have two T25 finishes in six events, with only one missed cut. Last year, McCarthy logged a T10 finish at the RSM Classic, while missing the cut in 2020 and delivering a T8 finish back in 2019. The salary is fairly steep on FanDuel but McCarthy is 30/1 to win outright, which ranks inside the top ten. Plug McCarthy into lineups at a site where he’s been historically profitable from a DFS perspective.

Wyndham Clark ($9,500)
If you’re looking for a salary-saver who crushes the ball with the driver, Wyndham Clark fits the bill. The 28-year-old Oregon native has two T25 finishes in six events, along with two missed cuts, but he has T16 finishes in two of his previous three events played. Clark has a decent putter and a strong driver, averaging over 318 yards per swing while ranking 47th in strokes gained off-the-tee. He’s been good at Sea Island, producing previous finishes of T29 and T23. You could do a lot worse than a T25-range finish from a player available to roster at $9,500 on FanDuel, so insert Clark into lineups ahead of Thursday’s opening round.

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