The PGA Tour returns to the United States this week for the 2019 RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort in Georgia. Defending champion Charles Howell III returns to defend his 2018 title, having bested Patrick Rodgers in a two-hole playoff last season. Howell is going off at 25-1 in the latest 2019 RSM Classic odds, fourth-biggest favorite behind Webb Simpson (7-1), Matt Kuchar (16-1) and Billy Horschel (16-1). Simpson is fifth in all-time earnings at Sea Island, with two top-three finishes and four top-12 runs. The very first 2019 RSM Classic tee times are Thursday at 7 a.m. ET. Before locking in any 2019 RSM Classic picks of your own or entering any PGA DFS tournaments on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, listen to the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the team at SportsLine.
Webb Simpson enters this week’s event as the Vegas favorite at 7-1 according to the latest 2019 RSM Classic odds, while Billy Horschel and Matt Kuchar are close behind at 16-1. Before locking in any 2019 RSM Classic picks of your own or entering any PGA DFS tournaments on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, be sure to see the PGA predictions and projected leaderboard from the team at SportsLine.
SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed two of the last three majors entering the weekend. It predicted Gary Woodland’s first career major championship at the U.S. Open even though he wasn’t the favorite entering the weekend. The result: Woodland held off a late charge from Brooks Koepka and won by three strokes. The model also called Koepka’s historic victory at the 2019 PGA Championship, predicting he’d hold his lead in the home stretch. In all, their advanced computer model has nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend, and anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now that the 2019 RSM Classic field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see their picks.
One huge shocker the model is calling for: Charles Howell III, the defending champion of this event, stumbles this week and doesn’t even crack the top five. Howell defeated Patrick Rodgers in a playoff at this event last year, earning his third career PGA Tour victory. His victory at the RSM Classic was the beginning of a sensational campaign last season. In fact, Howell recorded eight top-15 finishes, which helped him make it all the way to the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Despite his dominant season, the 40-year-old has struggled to find consistency, which can be directly attributed to his inability to find the fairway off the tee. Howell enters the RSM Classic 2019 ranked 175th in driving accuracy percentage (57.83), which doesn’t bode well for his chances to finish on top of the leaderboard this week. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in this loaded RSM Classic 2019 field.
Another surprise: Adam Hadwin, a 33-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.
Hadwin has had a strong start to the 2019-20 PGA Tour schedule, finishing second at the Safeway Open and tied for fourth at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. That start has Hadwin ranked No. 14 in the current FedEx Cup standings and he’s already over $1.1 million in season-long earnings.
The 2017 Valspar Championship winner, Hadwin is one of the few pros driving the ball under 300 yards, but he is also one of the most accurate off the tee, hitting almost 70 percent of fairways. That accuracy will be valuable at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside and Plantation courses this week. He has all the tools needed to climb the 2019 RSM Classic leaderboard in short order.
Also, the model says five other golfers with RSM Classic 2019 odds of 30-1 or longer will make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.
So who wins the RSM Classic 2019, and which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and visit SportsLine now to see the projected 2019 RSM Classic leaderboard from the model that’s nailed six golf majors, and find out.
Webb Simpson 7-1
Billy Horschel 16-1
Matt Kuchar 16-1
Charles Howell III 25-1
Harris English 30-1
Kevin Kisner 30-1
Adam Hadwin 33-1
Zach Johnson 33-1
Russell Knox 33-1
Scottie Scheffler 33-1
Brendon Todd 33-1
Aaron Wise 33-1
Dylan Frittelli 40-1
Denny McCarthy 40-1
Alexander Noren 40-1
Vaughn Taylor 40-1
Brice Garnett 45-1
Brian Gay 50-1
Russell Henley 50-1
Jim Furyk 55-1
Brian Harman 55-1