By News Team
17th November 2020
Although taking place just one week after the Masters, a strong field has been assembled for the RSM Classic, the penultimate PGA Tour event of 2020.
Two members of the world’s top 10, Webb Simpson and Tyrrell Hatton, head the field and as well as Hatton, there is a strong European contingent with Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood all in attendance at the Sea Island Club in Georgia.
Simpson the one to beat
This event does have a habit of throwing up unexpected winners with Robert Streb (2014), Kevin Kisner (2015), Mackenzie Hughes (2016), Austin Cook (2017), and Tyler Duncan (2019) all winning their first PGA Tour title here. Given that trend, it’s tempting to look for value this week, however, it might be a little more simple than that with WEBB SIMPSON, the man Duncan beat in a play-off last year, holding strong claims of adding a third PGA Tour title of the year.
Simpson, the 10/1 favourite, continues to be underestimated by many, despite the world number six being one of the most consistent players in the game. Since the start of the 2019 PGA Tour season, the 35-year-old has played 39 times and has only missed the cut on three occasions, and perhaps even more impressively, has finished inside the top 25 in 29 of those appearances. If there was one criticism of Simpson, it’s that he doesn’t win enough, particularly as he’s rarely out of contention, but he’s gone a long way to repelling those doubts with two wins already in 2020.
He’s started the new season in typically consistent fashion, with a worst finish being a tie for 17th in the four events he’s taken part in so far. He played well at Augusta for the most part last week and had it not been for an out-of-character 73 on Friday, he would surely have been right in the shake-up come Sunday. That nice showing should have put him spot on for this week, particularly at a course he loves to play.
It’s pretty surprising Simpson has yet to win at Sea Island, given his impressive record which has seen him finish runner-up twice and third on another outing. As mentioned, he was narrowly denied by Duncan in last year’s renewal, but that was just further evidence that this is a course he thrives at, and you feel if he’s anywhere near his A-game, the other players in the field will really struggle to live with him.