Welcome to the 2018 RSM Classic Fantasy Picks and Pro-Tip
News and Notes
The 2018 RSM Classic will be played again on Sea Island where the Seaside and Plantation Courses will host this week’s event. The Seaside Course plays as a Par 70 at 7005 yards and the Plantation Course plays as a Par 72 at 7058 yards. Each golfer will play the Plantation Course once and the Seaside Course will host both weekend rounds for those who make the cut. From a Showdown perspective, this opens up an edge (shoutout Showdown degens) as the Plantation course generally features more fantasy scoring. Last year’s event the plantation course yielded a 1.7x higher eagle rate and 14% more birdies all of which are critical for fantasy scoring. While you should still take overall golfer skill into account boosting players who are playing the Plantation Course should be a +EV strategy this week.
The closest wind tower shows conditions with wind Thursday and early Friday, perhaps tapering off on Friday afternoon and there could be a small boost to golfers who play Friday afternoon. For Showdown Friday afternoon Plantation Course golfers should be a good target.
Course Fit and Course History
The Seaside Course does offer shotlink data and leveraging that we can see that the course over indexed slightly towards Off the Tee and putting compared to the typical PGATOUR events with a slightly lower emphasis on strokes gained approach driving variation in scores.