The RSM Classic
Seaside Course (Host)
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Winner’s Share: $1,188,000
This was the 10th playing of the RSM with all 10 contested at Sea Island Resort. It was the fifth consecutive utilizing a 2-course rota with all golfers playing one round each on the par-72 Plantation (PL) Course (7,060 yards) and one round on the par-70 Seaside (SS) Course (7,005 yards). After the 36-hole cut, the final two rounds were contested on the Seaside Course.
Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, second-round leader and World No. 387 Tyler Duncan erased a four-shot deficit with a day-tying-low, 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the final round to match first-round leader and pre-tourney fave Webb Simpson (67) on 19-under 263, and then defeated him with a 12-foot 4-inch birdie on the second playing of the par-4 18th in his first sudden-death playoff appearance.
The 30-year-old, a pre-tourney 175/1 outright, improves to 1-for-2 when leading/co-leading after 36 holes and bags his first PGA TOUR title in 68 events. He masterfully played 71 (of 72) holes bogey-free, highlighted by a career and week-low 61 in R2, and a birdie-birdie finish on Sunday to post the clubhouse lead.
The Purdue alum, who was solo 4th and three back of Simpson thru his first 10 holes in the finale, came home in 31 versus 34 for Simpson, who led by two at the turn over playing competitors Sebastian Munoz (68) and overnight leader Brendon Todd (72).
Final Leaderboard (DraftKings pre-tourney odds outright):
P1- (-19) Tyler Duncan (175/1)
P2- (-19) Webb Simpson (15/2); fave
3- (-18) Sebastian Munoz (80/1)
4- (-16) Brendon Todd (35/1)
5- (-15) Henrik Norlander (125/1)
5- (-15) Scottie Scheffler (35/1)
5- (-15) Kyoung-Hoon Lee (300/1)
Note: Consecutive top-10 finishers in the event: Simpson (2-3)
Note: No ShotLink on Plantation Course
Note: ShotLink in use for three (of four) rounds. If all four rounds were included, Duncan and Simpson would’ve posted a 14.473 SG: Total.
Duncan’s Position by Round:
R1: T5 (2 back)
R2: 1 (by 2)
R3: T5 (4 back)
Simpson’s Position by Round:
R1: 1 (by 1)
R2: T11 (5 back)
R3: T2 (2 back)
Leader/co-leaders by Round:
R1: Webb Simpson (finished: P2): Drops to 1-for-10 as 18-hole leader/co-leader
R2: Tyler Duncan (P1): Improves to 1-for-2 as 36-hole leader/co-leader
R3: Brendon Todd (4th): Drops to 2-for-3 as 54-hole leader/co-leader
R4: Tyler Duncan (P1): Playoff Record: 1-0
R4: Webb Simpson (P2): Playoff Record: 1-5
This was the Duncan’s third RSM, third cash and second top 25 (T25/2018), and improves to 4-for-7 on the season with two top 25s, joining a T18 at the opposite-field Bermuda two starts ago. He arrived off a T48 last week in Mexico on 5-under 279 (73-67-66-73).
Last season, the Indiana native finished 163rd in the FedExCup standings with two top 25s and one top 10 in 29 events, a then-career-tying-best T5 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he was T2 after Rounds 1 and 2, and T5 after 54 holes.
In the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, he got his card back going 3-for-3 with finishes of T71, T30, and T4 for 25th in the KFT Priority Rankings.
Duncan’s only other top-5 finish on TOUR, prior to Sunday, was T5 at the 2017-18 Safeway Open, where he led/co-led after each of the first three rounds, including the 54-hole leader by one, before closing with 3-over 75.
With the win, he removes himself from the KFT reshuffle and earns a 2-year exemption (thru 2021-22) and host of other goodies, including invites to the Sentry TOC in January, and to Augusta National in April, where he’ll make Masters debut.
How Duncan Won the Tournament:
Ranked 1st (or T1) in: Total Bogeys; Birdie to Bogey Ratio; Scrambling; Par-3 Scoring
Ranked 2nd(or T2) in: N/A
Note: See “Leaders in Selected Stats” at the bottom, along with his full stats.
Lowest-Ranked Stat(s): Par-5 Scoring (T26); Total Birdies (T21)
Duncan at RSM:
Top 25s: 2
Top 10s: 1
Cuts Made: 4
Top 25s: 2
Top 10s: 1
Season Form: P1-48-18-MC-56-MC-MC
Duncan’s TOUR Career:
Cuts Made: 38 (55.8%)
Top 25s: 10 (14.7%)
Top 10s: 4 (5.8%)
Top 3s: 1 (1.4%)
Wins: 1 (1.4%)
Wins by Season:
Duncan on Sunday:
After kicking off with 67, career- and week-low 61, and 70 (all pars), all rounds bogey-free, he began T5, four back of leader Todd.
Duncan striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, posting 0.657 SG: Off-the-Tee, 3.519 SG: Approach, 0.532 SG: Around, and 4.707 SG: Tee-to-Green.
He opened with bogey-5 (errant tee shot), but then played his final 17 in 6-under, circling 3, 7, 12, 15, 17 and 18, culminating with a 24’8” birdie.
Duncan posted 1.688 putts per GIR and 0.806 SG: Putting with 30 total putts.
OUT: 1-under 34 (2 birdies, 1 bogey); solo 4th(three back of leader Simpson)
IN: 4-under 31 (4 birdies); WINS in playoff (over Simpson)
In extra time, the duo exchanged two-putt pars on the first playoff hole, Duncan missing birdie from 21’10” and Simpson missing from 36’1”.
Duncan found the fairway and the GIR on the second tour, while Simpson missed the fairway and was greenside bunkered in two.
Simpson splashed out to 7’11” but could only watch as Duncan dropped the winner from 12’4”. Simpson had a chance to win on the 72nd hole in regulation, but missed birdie from 28’3”.
For the week, Duncan totaled one eagle and 18 birdies against just one bogey.
By the Numbers:
33/1: Duncan’s revised outright betting entering R4.
5/2: Simpson’s revised outright betting entering R4.
2: This is Simpson’s second playoff loss at the RSM, joining the 2011 edition, when it was a 1-course event.
61: Duncan’s bogey-free 61 (1 hole-out eagle-2, 7 birdies) in R2 was a career low in 198 rounds, previously 63 (x2).
4: Brendon Todd, in his bid to win three events in a row, which would’ve been a first since Tiger Woods in 2006, finished solo 4th(as the 54-hole leader by two). It’s his third top 10 of the season in eight starts, all doubling as top 5s.
94.64: Todd and Ryan Armour co-led the field in Driving Accuracy at 94.64 percent (53/56).
3: Sebastian Munoz, in his bid to join Todd as the second multiple winner of the season, finished solo 3rd, his third top 10 of the season in seven starts and second top 5 (P1, Sanderson Farms), and his third career top 3 in 52 events.
2: Through 11 (non-team) events this season, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won two times: Rory McIlroy (6/1) at WGC-HSBC, and Justin Thomas (13/2) at THE CJ CUP. Last season, two fave/co-faves won (in 45 non-team events): Rory McIlroy (12/1 co-fave) at THE PLAYERS, and Collin Morikawa at the Barracuda (10/1).
15/2: Simpson was a pre-tourney 15/2 fave outright and the top-ranked OWGRer at No. 12. The P2 is his second top 10 of the season in two starts (T7, Shriners), and his fourth top 10 at the RSM in eight tries, second straight after solo 3rd last year.
11: Simpson records his 11th runner in 285 career events, first since back-to-back solo 2nd’s at last season’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude and Wyndham.
MC: Defender Charles Howell III, who began on SS, MC by two on 2-under 140 (68-72).
30: Of 30 first-timers, Scottie Scheffler was top debutant with T5 (70-66-63-68). Next-best was non-member and sponsor invite Will Gordon (68-65-70-66), and Alex Noren (68-65-67-69) with T10s. Gordon and Noren (conditional status), earn top-10 exemptions into the Sony Open in January.
19: 19 (of 21) TOUR rookies teed it up and low-rookie honors went to Scheffler. His T5 was his third top 10 of the season in seven starts and second top 5, joining a career-best T3 at the opposite-field Bermuda two starts ago. This is the 23-year-old’s fourth time as low rookie, second straight after a T18 at last week’s Mayakoba.
Field Scoring Average:
No traditional draw this week with the two-course rota in use the first two rounds.
A total of 76 players (75 pros, one amateur) from a field of 155 pros and one amateur made the 36-hole cut of 4-under 138:
39 (of 76); 2 WDs
37 (of 78)
Last five RSM winners began on:
2020: Tyler Duncan (Plantation)
2019: Charles Howell III (Plantation)
2018: Austin Cook (Plantation)
2017: Mackenzie Hughes (Seaside)
2016: Kevin Kisner (Plantation)
7 (of 49) tourneys so far this season with a traditional draw:
Strength of Field:
With a Strength of Field rating of 128 (up 28 from last season), Duncan banks 28.00 world-ranking points and 500 FEC points:
OWGR: From 387 to 170 (up 217); career high
FedExCup: From 151 to 11 (up 140)
Note: Duncan’s previous-career-high OWGR was 287 after the 2018 RBC Canadian Open.
(PL): 65: Webb Simpson
(SS): 61: Tyler Duncan
R3: 62: Brendon Todd
(Seaside = 11): Tyler Duncan (61); Denny McCarthy (62); Kyle Stanley (64); Tim Herron (64); Ryan Armour (65); Jim Herman (65); Ben Martin (65_MC); Brian Harman (66); Tim Wilkinson (66); Davis Riley (67); Billy Horschel (67_MC)
Brendon Todd (62); Webb Simpson (63); Talor Gooch (65); Sebastian Munoz (66); Troy Merritt (66); Ricky Barnes (67); Adam Long (67); Henrik Norlander (67); Tim Wilkinson (67); Luke List (68); Davis Thompson (68); Tyler Duncan (70)
Multiple Bogey-free Rounds:
Wilkinson, Barnes (x2)
4 winners were in their 20s
6 were in their 30s (Duncan age: 30)
1 was in their 40s
Season Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:
2: Webb Simpson, Vaughn Taylor, Brian Stuard, Abraham Ancer, Joel Dahmen, Robby Shelton, Pat Perez, Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Brian Gay, Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, Gary Woodland, Charles Howell III, Danny Lee, Justin Thomas, Mark Hubbard, Xinjun Zhang, Adam Hadwin, Dylan Frittelli
Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:
3: Rory McIlroy (P1-3-1)
3: Xander Schauffele (P2-10-2)
3: Brendon Todd (4-1-1)
2: Webb Simpson (2-7)
2: Vaughn Taylor (10-2)
2: Carlos Ortiz (2-4)
2: Abraham Ancer (8-4)
2: Gary Woodland (5-3)
Consecutive Top-10 Streak Ended at:
2: Harris English (MC-5-4)
Duncan’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 76 players):
Birdies: 18 (T21)
Bogeys: 1 (1st)
Birdie or Better Percentage: 26.39% (T14)
Birdie to Bogey Ratio: 19.00 (1st)
Par-3 Scoring: 2.56 (1st)
Par-4 Scoring: 3.85 (T10)
Par-5 Scoring: 4.50 (T26)
Driving Accuracy: 50/56 (6th) at 89.29%
Putts per GIR: 1.700 (13th)
Total Putts: 114 (T10)
Putts by Round: 27-23-34-30
Scrambling: 11/12 (1st) at 91.67%
Leaders in Selected Stats:
1. Webb Simpson (25)
2. Brendon Todd (22)
2. Sebastian Munoz (22)
4. Keith Mitchell (21)
4. D.J. Trahan (21)
4. Kyoung-Hoon Lee (21)
21. Tyler Duncan (18)
Birdie or Better %:
1. Webb Simpson (34.72)
2. Sebastian Munoz (30.56)
2. Brendon Todd (30.56)
2. Kyoung-Hoon Lee (30.56)
5. Vaughn Taylor (29.17)
5. Keith Mitchell (29.17)
5. D.J. Trahan (29.17)
14. Tyler Duncan (26.39)
Birdie to Bogey Ratio:
1. Tyler Duncan (19.00)
2. Sebastian Munoz (7.33)
3. Matthew NeSmith (4.67)
4. Henrik Norlander (4.50)
4. Denny McCarthy (4.50)
1. Jim Furyk (87.50)
2. Alex Cejka (86.11)
3. Henrik Norlander (84.72)
4. Tyler Duncan (83.33)
4. Brian Harman (83.33)
4. Kyle Stanley (83.33)