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Kevin Kisner travels to The RSM Classic in Saint Simons Island, Georgia this week looking for another top-5 finish at this event.

Kisner has had plenty of success at this event, and the South Carolina native who played his college golf at the University of Georgia obviously feels very comfortable at Sea Island Golf Club. He was fourth last season, and won the tournament in Nov. 2015. He was also fourth in Nov. 2014 when the event was called The McGladrey Classic, making the cut in four of the past five stops at the Georgia links.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 14 - 7:01 AM

Johnson Wagner heads to The RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia looking to show well like he did at the event last season.

Wagner pulled it together for an impressive 17th-place showing, posting an 11-under 271 while making the cut in three of his past four stops at this event. He isn't a big hitter, but he was accurate off the tee and he was solid in Greens In Regulation Percentage last season, and those areas will serve him well. He was also 34th in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green and seventh in SG: Putting, and that success will be important on the smallish greens at Sea Island.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 14 - 6:57 AM

Kevin Streelman travels to The RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club in Saint Simons Island, Georgia looking to snap out of his funk.

Streelman hasn't showed much in the way of consistency, alternating made and missed cuts in each of his first four events of the 2018-19 season so far. A visit to Sea Island could be the elixir to cure his ills, as he was 17th at the event last season with an 11-under 267. He ranked fifth in Greens In Regulation Percentage in 2018, and that will serve him well at Sea Island this weekend. This biggest concern might be his struggles with the putter.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 14 - 6:51 AM

Russell Henley heads down to The RSM Classic at the Sea Island Golf Club on Saint Simons Island, Georgia looking to carry over his momentum from a week ago.

Henley stumbled out of the gate with a pair of missed cuts out west, but he recovered with a made cut and 29th-place finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico last weekend. He didn't appear in this event last season, but he was 10th in his most recent appearance at this tournament back in Nov. 2016. Henley was also sixth in Nov. 2015, while finishing fourth at the tournament when it was called The McGladrey Classic back in Nov. 2014. Henley is tremendously comfortable in this seaside event and you'll need plenty of exposure to him this weekend.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 14 - 6:43 AM

Stewart Cink heads to The RSM Classic this weekend at the Sea Island Golf Club at Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Cink is making his first appearance in a few weeks after the cut in his first two events at the CIMB Classic and THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, including a 13th-place finish in Malaysia. He showed well at this event last season, posting a 25th-place finish with 9-under 273, and that followed up a 10th-place finish at the course in Nov. 2016. He has made the cut in four straight appearances at this event since it was the The McGladrey Classic. Cink seems to be comfortable at this event and he is a solid mid-tier DFS option this weekend.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 14 - 6:38 AM

Sam Burns kicks off the 2018-19 PGATOUR season at The RSM Classic at Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Burns is a bomber off the tee and that will serve him well in Georgia, and his lack of accuracy from the tee box shouldn't be a major deterrent with rather wide fairways. He's not a tremendous scrambler, and that might be a problem with some rather smallish greens at this event. Rust might also be a factor, as Burns hasn't played in an event since the Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour in mid-September.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 14 - 6:30 AM

Rory McIlroy hasn't won a European Tour event since his home Irish Open in May 2016; he'll look to end that drought with victory in this week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

It's hardly been a poor campaign for the Northern Irishman as he'll peg it up on the Earth Course ranked 6th on the Race to Dubai after three second places and three further top sixes in his 12 starts. But a win has eluded him and he's shown a distinct lack of spark in his last two events, with T54 in the WGC-HSBC Champions and T21 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. He was a combined 9-over in those events and didn't shoot lower than 71. The good news for McIlroy this week is that he has an outstanding record at this event and in the United Arab Emirates as a whole. The 29-year-old won here in 2012 and 2015 and has finished no worse than T11 on this track in eight appearances. Looking at his full record in the UAE, he's played 29 times and has strikes rates of 13.8% win, 62.1% top five and 79.3% top ten. If Rory can't do it here, perhaps we really should be concerned.
Nov 14 - 5:55 AM

Adrian Otaegui's reward for his best season in professional golf is a second start at this week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Only the top 60 available players make it to the European Tour's closing event and the Spaniard has done it with plenty to spare. He sits 25th on this year's Race to Dubai after an excellent campaign highlighted by a win (Belgian Knockout in May), a second (April's China Open) and a T3 (Turkish Airlines Open two weeks ago). He's also added T10s in Denmark and Qatar. The latter is interesting as it followed T12 in the Oman Open showing that Otaegui can perform well in the Middle East. Also T22 in the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year, the 25-year-old had to settle for T42 on his Earth Course debut last year when shooting 71-69-70-73. He looks a more realistic contender this time.
Nov 14 - 5:36 AM

Jordan Smith heads to this week's DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates ranked 44th on the Race to Dubai.

The Englishman has struggled at times to back up his excellent 2017 rookie season (24th RTD) but has found some consistency over the last few months with just one finish outside the top 32 in his last seven starts. That run includes tied third at the British Masters, T10 at the KLM Open and T21 at last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge where he recovered well after an opening 79. Smith played this event for the first time last year and, again, overcame a slow start to shoot 75-67-71-66 and finish T25. Also on his resume is a victory in the Challenge Tour's Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge in 2016 which, like this week, took place in the United Arab Emirates so he has some sneaky desert form.
Nov 14 - 5:21 AM

Dean Burmester took tied fourth on his debut at last year's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and he'll get another crack this year after securing his return with T11 in last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge.

That solid performance on home soil took the South African from 63rd to 56th on the Race to Dubai and earned him a place in the top 60. After finishing just two shots behind winner Jon Rahm in 2017, Burmester's power game clearly works well on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates where he carded 70-68-65-68 12 months ago and he definitely has sleeper potential this week. He was also T7 in the 2017 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to show his liking for desert golf while last week's T11 could have been even better but for dropping four shots in his final six holes.
Nov 14 - 5:13 AM

Lee Slattery had a hot weekend the last time he contested the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and he'll bid for more success on his return this week.

The Englishman has made it to the European Tour's final event just twice previously, settling for T54 on debut in 2012 but recovering from an opening 76 to post 68-65 over the final 36 holes in 2015 to take T17. He scraped into the 60-man field ranked 59th this year but a big week could see Slattery improve upon his best Race to Dubai finish of 45th three years ago. It's been a fairly typical season in terms of cashing (15 times in 26 starts) but he did have a big pay-day when taking solo third at June's Italian Open, a Rolex Series event. Also T10 at the Nordea Masters and T4 at the Czech Open in back-to-back weeks in August, the 40-year-old has gone a little off the boil since then, making the top 40 just once in seven starts. His recent record in the United Arab Emirates is also modest.
Nov 14 - 5:04 AM

Alexander Bjork will look to build on a fine debut in last year's DP World Tour Championship when he tees it up on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai this week.

It was perhaps no surprise that the Swede made a fine start here 12 months ago. Not only had he been a mightily impressive rookie, he had also recorded finishes of T13 and T28 in the Qatar Masters and Abu Dhabi Championship earlier in the year. He backed up that Middle East form with T6 in this year's Dubai Desert Classic and added T12-T19 at the Oman Open and on his return to Qatar. So what of that debut? He opened with a 67 to lie T4 and hung around for T17 as he ranked fifth for Putts per Round, seventh for Scrambling and ninth for Driving Accuracy. More recently he was T2 in the British Masters, then T28-T14-T57 in the run-up to this week in China, Turkey and South Africa.
Nov 13 - 12:29 PM

Alexander Levy has thrived in the Middle East this year, can he maintain that in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai?

Until this season the Frenchman had struggled in the Middle East. But he ignored a 2-for-5, best of T20, record at Abu Dhabi to post T7. He was 4-for-4 at Emirates, but without bettering T29 until he again went T7. He had also always struggled in Doha (1-for-4, best of T57), but didn't play there. Instead he was T4 in the first Oman Open. He's obviously 4-for-4 in this event, but has another lukewarm record with a best of T26. Can he turn that around too? He ranked fourth for Ball-Striking last year and played in the final group of the Turkish Airlines Open two weeks ago before finishing T10. But he withdrew from the Nedbank Challenge after laps of 81-70.
Nov 13 - 12:28 PM

Tom Lewis has a poor record in the Middle East to deal with as he heads to this week's DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the resurgent Englishman was making his second appearance in this event, but when he won the Portugal Masters back in 2011 it was one of only six starts he made and his total earnings came up short at 66th on the rankings. Given the novelty factor it might pay to look at his desert form. His Emirates record is extraordinary, but in the wrong way: 5-for-5 but somehow he has contrived to have a best of T59. At Abu Dhabi he is 2-for-5 (best T45). At Doha he is 3-for-4 with a high of T37. So in 14 starts he's never made a top 35. His recent form could hardly contrast more: 1-T3-1-T10-T5-T14-T67 with the first two on the Challenge Tour and the latter in South Africa last week.
Nov 13 - 12:27 PM

Darren Fichardt's form is heading in the right direction as he prepares to tee it up in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course.

There are few cannier performers on the European Tour than the five-time winner from South Africa who has enjoyed two spells on the circuit: One of seven years early in the century and now again with another a run that will stretch into eight in 2019. He's 58th on the Race to Dubai and potentially could better his career-best of 39th in 2003. He's playing at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai for a third time. In 2013 he was T21, a year later T31. Both times he broke 70 just the once and both times he ranked third for Driving Accuracy. T23 in Turkey and then backed it up with T9 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Nov 13 - 12:26 PM



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