The RSM Classic Preview, TV Times

Austin Cook is defending champion at Sea Island GC in Georgia

Austin Cook defends The RSM Classic
Austin Cook defends The RSM Classic
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The PGA Tour heads for Georgia this week and the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. Austin Cook is defending champion at the RSM Classic.

The RSM Classic Preview, TV Times

Austin Cook is defending champion in the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort in Georgia. Webb Simpson, Cameron Champ and Zach Johnson are all in the field.

This event is the last chance for players on the PGA Tour to earn an invitation to next January’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. After this the circuit starts to wind down towards Christmas.

The first two rounds of the event will be held over two courses – the Seaside and the Plantation – to accommodate a full field of 156. The last two rounds will be contested over the Seaside layout.

This event began life in 2010 as the McGladrey Classic when Heath Slocum was champion. Since then, Ben Crane, Tommy Gainey, Chris Kirk, Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner have been victorious. Last year, Austin Cook won by four shots over J.J. Spaun.

Wind is the main protector on this resort course and, when it’s up, the par-70 layout is challenging. However, when it’s calm, scoring can be low over the Seaside Course – see Tommy Gainey’s final round 60 in 2012.

The Seaside course at Sea Island dates back to 1929 when Harry Colt and Charles Alison laid out nine holes. A further nine was added in the 1970s and Tom Fazio brought the two together in 1999.

Sea Island resident Davis Love III is tournament host this week.

The weather forecast is good – light breezes on the first two days and then very nice indeed over the weekend.

Venue: Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, Georgia Date: Nov 15-18 Course stats: par 70, 7,005 yards Purse: $6,200,000 Defending champion: Austin Cook (-19)

How to watch the RSM Classic

TV Coverage: Thursday 15 – Sky Sports Golf from 6.30pm (red button) Friday 16 – Sky Sports Golf from 6.30pm (red button) Saturday 17 – Sky Sports Golf from 6.30pm (red button) Sunday 18 – Sky Sports Golf from 6.30pm (red button)

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Players to watch:

J.J. Spaun – He was runner-up in this event last year and he was tied third in last week’s Mayakoba Classic. The planets are aligning!

Kevin Kisner – A past winner, nobody has won more cash in this event than Kisner.

Chris Kirk – He’s played solidly if unspectacularly for the last two weeks but he heads to an event where he was tied fourth last year and was champion in 2013.

Key hole: 18th. At 470 yards, the closing par 4 on the Seaside Course is a real tester. It often ranks as the toughest on the course and could witness some slip-ups late on in proceedings.

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?