Golf Glance: 60 players chase LPGA's richest prize
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LAST TOURNAMENT: Mayakoba Golf Classic (Brendon Todd)
THIS WEEK: The RSM Classic, Nov. 21-24
Sea Island GC (Seaside), Sea Island, Ga. (Par 70, 7,005 yards)
Purse: $6.4 million (Winner: $1.15 M)
Defending Champion: Charles Howell III
FedEx Cup leader: Todd
TV: Thursday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).
NOTES: Originally opened as a nine-hole course in 1929, Tom Fazio redesigned the course in 1999 to bring two nine-hole courses together. ... All players will play one of their first two rounds on the Plantation Course, which was redesigned this year by Davis Love III and his brother Mark. ... Howell led wire-to-wire last year, but needed to birdie three of his final four holes on Sunday and then birdied the second playoff hole to beat Patrick Rodgers. ... This is the final leg of the 11-tournament Fall swing, and the final opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions. ... A popular destination for touring professionals, local residents in the field include Patton Kizzire, Zach Johnson, Harris English, Hudson Swafford, Jonathan Byrd and J.T. Poston. No Sea Island resident has won the event.
BEST BETS: No. 12 Webb Simpson (+750 by DraftKings) is the top-ranked player in the field and is using this as a final warm-up before the President's Cup. He has competed only once during the Fall swing, a T7 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. ... Kevin Kisner (+3100) won the event in 2015 and is one of the most experienced players in a field featuring a bevy of youngsters trying to earn increased Tour status. ... Four of the nine RSM Classic champions have been first-time winners on Tour, and Scottie Scheffler (+3500) has two T10s and two more T20s this fall. ... South Africa's Dylan Frittelli (+4100) isn't a household name, but he did win the John Deer Classic and has a par of T10s this fall along with a T11 last week. ... Rodgers (+14000) hasn't finished better than T44 in his past 14 events but provides long-shot odds for someone who lost this event in a playoff 12 months ago.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Hero World Challenge, Dec. 4-7
LAST WEEK: TOTO Japan Classic (Ai Suzuki)
THIS WEEK: CME Group Tour Championship, Nov. 21-24
Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.
Purse: $5M (Winner: $1.5M)
Defending Champion: Lexi Thompson
CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko
TV: Thursday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (NBC)
NOTES: The season-ending event features a 60-player field, with all players eligible to win the tournament and the LPGA Tour-record $1.5 million winner's prize. ... World No. 1 Ko has already secured the Player of the Year and Rolex ANNIKA Major awards. If she wins the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, which she leads entering the tournament, Ko will join Ariya Jutanugarn (2018) as the only players to win all three in a single season. ... Twenty different players have won a Tour event this year. ... Former World No. 1 Stacy Lewis was the last player to earn a spot in the tournament. The 34-year-old has not played since withdrawing before the Solheim Cup due to a rib injury.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, Jan. 15-19
LAST TOURNAMENT: Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Jeff Maggert; Scott McCarron won Charles Schwab Cup)
THIS WEEK: OFF.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: PNC Father Son Challenge, Dec. 5-8
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