Wolff in sheep’s clothing has to be my opening sentence this week after our big price selection Matthew Wolff sat high in the places all the way through the four rounds until falling away where it counts and denying us another payoff. One place out of three isn’t brilliant but it is a return of sorts and we go again this weekend, with the last and 46th event of 2021 which is some milestone. THE RSM classic in Georgia is a split course event to start with, 18 holes on the Plantation Course and 18 on the Seaside Course before those surviving the cut move on to play the final 36 on the Seaside Course alone. Neither course is particularly long or particularly tricky by professional standards, with some very generous fairways where you can afford to stray a little, but the weather is the issue thanks to Atlantic winds and the possibility of rain, while I expect a bit of head scratching on the greens – they are not the easiest to read and the very best have been fooled on occasion.
Selections with reasoning:
***NOTE*** Different bookmakers are offering different each way terms so do shop around – and make sure you only partake non-runner no bet – covid has seen last minute withdrawals all season and we don’t want to be throwing money away. DO shop around for best odds and best place terms and any special offers with the bookmakers to steal the most value, and DO check the exchanges for bigger prices – I can’t put them on here as cast in stone as they differ by the minute and Betfair prices quoted are as indicators only and were correct at the time of writing.
PLEASE NOTE – BOYLESPORTS ARE NOT THE BEST PRICE ON ANY OF THE PLAYERS SUGGESTED – BUT THEY ARE PAYING OUT 10 PLACES SO THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
1pt each way Russell Henley 20/1 top 10 places Boylesports (32.0 Betfair)
If the local boy can get off to a flyer like he did at the Houston Open then he may make a bold bit to stay there at a course that plays to his strengths. Three top ten spots here in a row from 2015 to 2017 bode well for his place opportunities here, and he will have the backing of the partisan crowd if he gets off to a decent start. He has hot a top 25 finish 21 tomes this season which is a solid achievement whichever way you look at it, and with his wedges perhaps his biggest strength, he has to be in with a shout. His driver has improved in recent years but his putting has dropped off accordingly, but there have been signs lately that all the pieces of the golf jigsaw are beginning to fall in to place, and he should give us a good run for our money here on bermudagrass greens that seem to suit him better than most.
1pt Each Way Kevin Kisner 28/1 top 10 places Boylesports (55.0 Betfair)
The price is what drew me to a bet here if I am honest, and 28/1 (or bigger) is pretty generous of the bookmakers – and who thought those words would ever be uttered in the same sentence. He won this in 2015 with a record score of 22 under so we know he handles the course, a fact verified with a fourth here in 2017 and a playoff defeat last year. To my amazement, if he wins any of the $7.2 million on here it will only add to the $25 million he has already won (I so wish I was good at golf), and as he will know as well as anyone that he struggles on longer courses, he will arrive here fit, firing and looking for another bold showing.
1pt each way Robert Streb 50/1 top 10 places Boylesports (110.0 Betfair)
Bear with me on this one! Twelve years a pro have seen the 37-year-old win just the two tournaments – both of them here at Sea Island and including this event time. He arrives in hot form with top ten finishes at both the C J Cup (ninth) and the Houston Open (seventh), and you would have to think his price is way out of line with his chances – by bookmaker odds standards anyway. Shock results seem to follow this tournament around like a bad smell so the fact that my suggestion is a big price makes little or no difference, and in the never ending search for value, we just have to hope his putter is on fire once again this weekend.