The RSM Classic: Scheffler can shine on Sea Island

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The final portion of the PGA Tour's autumn schedule takes places in Georgia and Dave Tindall has three picks for the action on Sea Island...

"The Texan has won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019 (May and August) and in six starts since winning his full card he's produced form figures of 7-16-74-28-3-18."

Scottie Scheffler each-way @ 28/1

Main Bet: Scottie Scheffler each-way @ 28/1

While Charles Howell III produced a gutsy win to win last year's RSM Classic, the man he beat in a play-off perhaps holds a bigger clue as to the identity of this week's winner.

Patrick Rodgers, who matched Howell's 19-under total, was a player in his 20s looking for his first win and those type of players have done well on Sea Island.

Austin Cook (2017), Mackenzie Hughes (2016), Robert Streb (2014) were all 20-somethings winning for the first time when they hoisted the silverware here and recent runners-up J.J. Spaun and Blayne Barber were also maidens under the age of 30.

So, step forward 23-year-old Scottie Scheffler, a quiet star so far of the early season without quite producing the big moment.

The Texan has won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019 (May and August) and in six starts since winning his full card he's produced form figures of 7-16-74-28-3-18.

Scheffler certainly isn't feeling pleased with himself though and, despite finishing in the top three in Bermuda, he felt he didn't play great for the final three days.

Birdies are needed this week and the rookie made 24 in Bermuda and ranks 11th on the season.

One thing he doesn't have is course form but it's encouraging to see that the one time he teed it up in Georgia previously, Scheffler finished runner-up in the Korn Ferry's Savannah Golf Championship.

A good player in the wind, take the 28/1.

To be honest, a strong case can be made for those at the front end of the market.

Webb Simpson (10/1) has a second and a third here and is likely to be in the mix, Kevin Kisner and Charles Howell III are previous winners and Matt Kuchar finished with a 62 in Mexico last week.

Billy Horschel was runner-up here on his last visit and has been racking up the top tens. He's 16/1 and I was very close to pulling the trigger.

Next Best: Beau Hossler each-way @ 90/1

I want a younger player with a hot putter on my team and one who definitely fits the bill is Beau Hossler.

The 24-year-old looked a surefire hit a year or so ago and was unlucky not to win the 2018 Houston Open, running into an inspired Ian Poulter, who was desperate to get into the following week's US Masters.

Hossler slumped after that and lost his tour card but immediately got it back via the Korn Ferry Tour finals.

He's made five of his six cuts since regaining full playing privileges and has dropped some hints with tied 13th in the Houston Open and tied 24th in the Bermuda Championship where he was left to rue his third round - 66-68-74-65.

But the key to his selection here is that sharp blade.

It's Bermuda greens this week and he was 1st for Putting Average on such surfaces at the Bermuda Championship and also in the top seven for PA in Vegas and Houston.

He's had one start previously in this event and made the cut, closing with a 68, and is another who can handle himself in the wind.

Hossler was third with 18 holes to play in Houston last month before closing with 72 but his last two round fours were 65 in Bermuda and 68 in Mexico.

Hopefully that putter can take him all the way this time and land us some 90/1.

A brief mention here of Robert Streb, who is 100s.

He took victory here on his Sea Island debut in 2014 thanks to a final-round 63 while a tied 14th in Mexico last week adds to previous pointers that he's coming back to form again.

I'll also mention 80/1 chance Brian Stuard who has three top 25s here and good form on similar tests (the Sony Open where he has four top eights and the RBC Heritage, fifth in 2014).

Final Bet: Dominic Bozzelli each-way @ 100/1

A lack of length off the tee is no disadvantage this week and that brings plenty of veterans into play too.

The one making the best case is Brian Gay.

The 47-year-old is a four-time PGA Tour winner, who has a third (2017) and a fourth here (2013) along with current form too (14-3-42-7 his last four starts).

He putts well too so 50s is very fair.

But I'll stay on the theme of players in their 20s and have a punt on Dominic Bozzelli at 100/1.

The 28-year-old from New York won the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship with 24-under when it was still a second-tier event and four starts ago he was tied sixth at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Bozzelli closed with a pair of 68s in Bermuda on his last outing (T35) so his form is decent.

But I particularly like him here for two reasons.

First, the flatstick is working well. Bozzelli ranks 16th in Strokes Gained: Putting this season and ranks 5th in Putting from 10-15 feet. That's helped him keep the birdie count high (22nd for Birdie Average).

Second, he has some course form too.

The Auburn (Florida, so Bermuda greens) product missed the cut on debut in 2016 but returned last year and fired 64-65-66 over his final 54 holes to finish tied 11th.

He's the right profile this week and I'm willing to take a punt at 100/1.

Dave's 2019/20 PGA Tour P/L (based on £5 ew per selection outrights, £10 win top 5s/10s)

Staked: £270
Returned: £107.60
P/L: -£152.40

2018/2019 P/L: -£338.25
2017/2018 P/L: +£362.84
2016/2017 P/L: +£1179.89

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