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The 2023 RSM Basic Preview

The inaugural FedExCup Fall will come to an finish this week at The RSM Basic. This seven-event sequence has allowed golfers to struggle for his or her 2024 enjoying standing whereas additionally getting a number of pop-in appearances from greater names who’ve already secured their standing.

The important thing marker week would be the top-125 bubble, golfers who land inside this quantity on the FedExCup standings will safe a PGA Tour card for 2024 and be given a spot in all full-field occasions. The secondary line to observe is The Subsequent 10 which is spots 51 by 60 within the FedExCup standings. These golfers will obtain invitations to the 2024 Genesis Invitational and 2024 AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am, the primary two Signature Occasions on the 2024 calendar. Different motivations might embrace contract/sponsor incentives, private objectives, or OWGR targets. There’s a lot to play for this week, the ultimate occasion of the 2022-23 PGA Tour marketing campaign.

The Programs

This week’s occasion is performed throughout two programs, each on the Sea Island Golf Membership. Pulling host duties is the Seaside Course which is performed in three rounds for the week in the event you make it by the 36-hole cutline. Golfers can even play one spherical on the Plantation Course.

Beginning with the Seaside, we see a par 70 that performs to only 7,005 yards. That sounds type of beefy in comparison with final week in Bermuda, however it’s nonetheless one of many shorter programs on the PGA Tour.

There are 9 par 4s that play underneath 430 yards, which implies loads of wedges and short-iron strategy pictures. It additionally means you may go for lower than driver on a few of these par 4s with out dropping a lot, if any, floor to the sector. Water comes into play on as much as 13 holes.

When you got here to the course six weeks in the past you’d have seen wall-to-wall bermudagrass however early-October overseed may have some ryegrass taking maintain on components of the course. The TifEagle Bermuda greens are bigger than Tour common (7,200 common sq. ft) and get speedy at occasions.

Whereas the Seaside is listed as a par 70, the PGA Tour par is roughly 69 with the field-average median being -1.1 relative to par, over the past 5 editions.

The Seaside Course yields simply 0.26 eagles per 72 holes performed which places it close to the underside 10 in eagle fee amongst common, non-major venues. When you come looking for massive birds you then’ll need to watch motion on the Plantation Course because it yields 0.48 eagles per 72 holes which places it round tenth best in eagle fee throughout common PGA Tour venues. Let’s discuss extra about that course.

The Plantation Course has an analogous yardage to the Seaside (7,060 yards) however the Plantation is a par-72 format, making it that a lot shorter on a par-adjusted foundation. Whereas the Seaside had 9 par 4s that play underneath 430 yards, the Plantation Course has 5 par 4s that play underneath 385 yards. Large hitters can attempt to assault a few of these with the motive force however even the shortest of hitters will nonetheless have a brief iron or wedge on strategy for these holes.

If you have a look at the checklist of previous champions at this occasion, you’ll discover an emphasis on precision over energy with no true “mashers” holding the trophy right here prior to now. The checklist of winners contains names like Tyler Duncan, Austin Cook dinner, Ben Crane, and Heath Slocum who all have ability profiles that shift extraordinarily to the aspect of accuracy over energy. That’s to not say an influence hitter can’t win right here, however there are on extra of an excellent enjoying subject off-the-tee which brings them again to the sector and makes them elevate different components of the sport to be able to contend.

When in search of crossover success (and failures) we see potential comp programs of Sedgefield CC, Pebble Seashore Professional-Am rota, PGA West rota, TPC River Highlands, and Quail Hole. Key themes embrace location, course size, scoring surroundings, and the power to cope with windy course circumstances.

Golfers to Watch

Ludvig Åberg

The Swede has mainly been as constantly stellar as doable since leaping from the school ranks earlier this summer time. He arrives with top-15 finishes in seven straight worldwide begins together with a win on the Omega European Masters. That occasion is performed at altitude on one of many shortest programs you’ll see on the schedule, proving that his recreation shouldn’t be all power-dependent. At 53rd within the OWGR, he will surely love a giant end this week to assist him safe a top-50 OWGR spot within the end-of-year rankings which might earn him a ticket to Augusta Nationwide.

Luke Listing

He’s main the Birdies Fore Love standings with 108 birdies or higher this fall. The one different golfer in triple digits is Akshay Bhatia (105) so it may very well be a two-man race to win that contest if each golfers make the lower this week. The massive-hitting Listing doesn’t match the accuracy profile of what you’d ideally search for at Sea Island however he has popped with three top-15 finishes in seven tries right here prior to now with three different journeys ending in a missed lower.

Webb Simpson

Shifting extra consideration towards his household and therapeutic his physique, Simpson has performed simply 5 occasions for the reason that begin of June. You’ll anticipate extra motion from a golfer who’s 149th within the FedExCup race, making an attempt to play his manner out of a protracted hunch. On the intense aspect, his lone massive end over the past seven months was a T-5 end at Sedgefield Nation Membership. That’s a correlated course right here and Simpson checks the course historical past field at each venues. Simpson has six top-15 finishes at Sea Island, with three of these doubling as top-3 finishes, in 11 visits. His current type and lightweight lead-in schedule makes him a troublesome identify to belief in fantasy leagues however his course historical past makes him a reputation you don’t need to fully ignore, both.

Keith Mitchell

He’s on the surface trying in relating to touchdown a spot in The Subsequent 10 which might safe a spot within the first two signature occasions of the 2024 schedule. Mitchell completed T4 on the Pebble Seashore Professional-Am this season and fifth on the Genesis Invitational so these are actually occasions he’d like to play in subsequent yr, even with out the massive Signature Occasion prize swimming pools hooked up to them. The native resident is one among many Sea Island Mafia members teeing it up this week, and he’ll want to enhance at the very least 9 spots as he at present sits at 69th within the FedExCup race.

Ben Kohles

He appeared like a “can’t miss” prospect again in 2012 when he received the primary two occasions of his Korn Ferry Tour profession, shortly after making the soar from the College of Virginia the place he received seven occasions. He failed to show that early success right into a prolonged PGA Tour profession however he’ll get one other probability in 2024 after main the KFT Factors checklist in 2023, successful two occasions alongside the best way. His recreation is unquestionably tilted extra within the course of accuracy not distance so Sea Island may very well be a pleasant spot for him this week, regardless of a missed lower in his solely earlier look (2021-22).

Rating the Subject

1. Russell Henley
2. Brian Harman
3. Ludvig Aberg
4. Corey Conners
5. J.T. Poston
6. Eric Cole
7. Cameron Younger
8. Si Woo Kim
9. Denny Mccarthy
10. Alex Noren
11. Stephan Jaeger
12. Brendon Todd
13. Chris Kirk
14. Justin Suh
15. J.J. Spaun
16. Harris English
17. Adam Svensson
18. Keith Mitchell
19. Matt Kuchar
20. Ben Griffin



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