THE OVERVIEW

Sea Island Golf Club, Seaside Course - The Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club is a par-70 links-style track that plays fairly short at only 7,005 yards. The fairways are relatively wide but have numerous bunkers in play off the tee, and due to the shortened length, many players will be clubbing down off the tee. The greens here will be tricky to read this week and the wind may play a factor if it picks up. However, scores should get really low. Key stats that I will be focusing on are SG: Approach and Birdie or Better Percentage.

Keep in mind that a number of PGA Tour Pros live in the area and train here. For example, J.T. Poston is a member at Sea Island. Other names that live and train nearby are:  Stewart Cink, Harris English, Brian Harman, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner, Patton Kizzire, Davis Love III, Trey Mullinax, Seamus Power, Hudson Swafford, and Nick Watney.

 

PAST WINNERS

2018  - 21   Austin Cook   (Runner Up:  - 17   J.J. Spaun)

2017  - 17   Mackenzie Hughes   (Runners Up:  Playoff,  Blayne Barber, Billy Horschel, Henrik Norlander, Camilo Villegas)

2016  - 22   Kevin Kisner   (Runner Up:  - 16  Kevin Chappell)

2015  - 14   Robert Streb   (Runners Up:  Playoff,  Brendon de Jonge, Will MacKenzie)

2014  - 14   Chris Kirk   (Runners Up:  - 13  Briny Baird, Tim Clark)

 

BETTING ODDS   (Bovada 11/12/2018)

Webb Simpson  +900

Cameron Champ  +2000

J.J. Spaun  +2000

C.T. Pan  +2500

Chesson Hadley  +2500

Lucas Glover  +2800

Austin Cook  +2800

Joaquin Niemann  +3300

Kevin Kisner  +3300

Russell Henley  +3300

Chris Kirk  +3500

Luke List  +3500

Charles Howell III  +4000

Harold Varner III  +4000

Zach Johnson  +4000

Bud Cauley  +5000

Denny McCarthy  +5000

Jamie Lovemark  +5000

Jim Furyk  +5000

Peter Uihlein  +5000

Sam Ryder  +5000

Stewart Cink  +5000

Sung Jae Im  +5000

Whee Kim  +5000

Bill Haas  +5500

Brian Harman  +5500

Adam Schenk  +6600

Brian Gay  +6600

Brice Garnett  +6600

Bronson Burgoon  +6600

Henrik Norlander  +6600

Keith Mitchell  +6600

Michael Thompson  +6600

Patrick Rodgers  +6600

Richy Werenski  +6600

Ryan Armour  +6600

 

HOT PLAYERS

Cameron Champ

J.J. Spaun

Lucas Glover

Chesson Hadley

Whee Kim

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Austin Cook

Chris Kirk

Robert Streb

Kevin Kisner

Mackenzie Hughes

Charles Howell III

 

LONGER SHOTS

Aaron Baddeley  +8000

Ben Silverman  +8000

Graeme McDowell  +8000

Jason Dufner  +8000

Johnson Wagner  +8000

Kevin Streelman  +8000

Nicholas Lindheim  +8000

Nick Watney  +8000

Padraig Harrington  +8000

Patton Kizzire  +8000

Sam Burns  +8000

Anders Albertson  +8000

Andrew Landry  +8000

Ben Martin  +10000

David Hearn  +10000

Hudson Swafford  +10000

Joel Dahmen  +10000

Kramer Hickok  +10000

Nate Lashley  +10000

Robert Streb  +10000

Ben Crane  +12500

Brandon Harkins  +12500

Corey Conners  +12500

Mackenzie Hughes  +15000

Sung Kang  +15000

 

FAITHFULS

Webb Simpson

Kevin Kisner

Chesson Hadley

Russell Henley

Jason Dufner

 

GOLF PICKS

THE 'FORE' SOME

'FORE' SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a "low tier" betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a "mid tier" (30:1 - 75:1), and a final player from a "high tier" (75:1 & up).  

KEITH'S 'FORE' SOME 

Chesson Hadley  (25:1).  Short list came out with Cameron Champ, JJ Spaun, Chesson Hadley, and Austin Cook. After looking at the stats, Hadley sticks out in my mind. Currently second in the field in SG:Approach (1.5).  And, third in Birdie or Better Percentage at 26%, with a GIR rank of 26th. I like it.

Joaquin Niemann  (33:1)  &  Whee Kim  (50:1).  I almost went with Denny McCarthy and Brian Gay here simply because their BOB numbers are pretty sick. However, I am going on a little more conservative route and taking a couple of young players that could shock this week. I’ve been playing Joaquin Niemann a fair amount lately and I think he is due for a breakout week. I like that this is a slightly lighter field. I like that this is a track where Niemann can let his approach game shine. And I like that Niemann is gaining a stroke and a half tee to green so far in this early season.

Likewise, Whee Kim has been playing some really great golf in this brand new season. Five straight cuts made and last week was his best finish of them all T10. The 26-year-old from Yonsei University is on a sharp trend and I am excited to be playing him this week.

Talor Gooch  (125:1).  The 26-year-old from Oklahoma State has only played one event so far this year, but in that event he gained 1.8 strokes on approach. He also had a 26% birdie percentage which puts him near the top of the field this week. I looked closely at Kramer Hickok, Robert Streb and JT Poston, but ultimately felt Talor Gooch was worth the gamble.

 

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