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Nigel Seeley's three from the tee for the RSM Classic

Bettingpro Staff 13 Nov 2018
Austin Cook celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the final round of The RSM Classic, 2017. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

BettingPro's new expert Nigel Seeley offers his three best bets for the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Seaside Course.


The RSM Classic 

THE American offering this week on the PGA Tour is the RSM Classic and whilst all the top golfing action is in Dubai, this is a much more low key event being played out at Sea Islands Resort's Seaside and Plantation courses.

A staggering 156 man field tee-off on Thursday morning and really this is an event that should be 20/1 the field and that is why tournament favourite Webb Simpson, despite his excellent record at Sea Island, is no value to get his sixth PGA win at the top of the bookies lists at just 8/1.

This is the last event on the PGA Tour until the season resumes again in January and with so many of golf's top players missing, it gives some lesser know players an opportunity to shine and breakthrough with a first PGA Tour win.

In each of the last four years the winners of the RSM Classic have been first time Tour winners and in the last two years the winners of this event have been Tour rookies, to say this is anyone's event , well it's the understatement of the year.

Falling into the typical winner make-up would be Cameron Champ who has had a great recent run, but a missed cut here last year would put me off and odds of 20/1 are plenty short enough.

J J Spaun is third in the bookies lists and he's been a popular pick in the early exchanges between punters and bookies and that doesn't surprise me as he was runner-up here last year and is recently coming off a third place finish at Mayakoba, but I would want more than 22/1 for my money.


Three From The Tee


So we've ruled out the top three in the betting so where is exactly the best value in the days ahead.

1) C. T. PAN @ 25/1 with Coral


C. T. Pan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


My main tip for the RSM is China's C.T. PAN at 25/1 with Coral and Betfred (1/5 the odds 1-7).

Pan is yet to win a PGA Tour event, which isn't a bad thing at this venue and his record coming into this week is an impressive one with nine top 25 finishes and just one missed cut in his last 18 starts.

Last week at Mayakoba he finished in 16th place and in his two previous starts here at Sea Island he finished in 6th and 13th and he ticks every box for a potential winner this weekend .




2) BUD CAULEY @50/1 with BetFred


Bud Cauley. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)


BUD CAULEY is a player that really interests me and at 50/1 with Coral and Betfred (1/5 the odds 1-7) he looks too big in a very weak field.

Cauley was going along really nicely and always a major force in weak tournaments like this until he suffered a terrible road accident which saw the 28 year-old miss four months of the season through injury.

Since he's return he looks to be exactly where he was before his accident making the cut in his three tournaments in his comeback, making the top 10 in Las Vegas. In his six appearances at the RSM he has three top 20 finishes and finished in eight last year and at the prices he's a real value play.




3) JIM FURYK @ 50/1 with Ladbrokes 

Jim Furyk. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


My final selection was a tough one as I had a shortlist of six this week, but I just can't ignore the claims of JIM FURYK at 50/1 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes.

I know I have said that rookies do well here and that this is a certainly the place for first time winners, but the American Ryder Cup captain is the most experienced player in the field and in a tournament like this if he gets out in front he will take some pegging back.

Furyk, looks to have finally put the pressure of the Ryder Cup captaincy behind him and the 48 year-old is playing some great golf. Last week he finished sixth at Mayakoba and led the stats in number of fairways hit, something he will have to continue to do this week and with no worse than tied 11th in his three previous appearances at this tournament he has solid claims to win for a 27th time.




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