Sobel’s 2019 RSM Classic Betting Guide: Is Now the Time for Scottie Scheffler?
Ray Carlin, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Scottie Scheffler
In today’s hyperbolic society, we can produce a Statistic of the Year on a daily basis and never even think twice about it, which means referring to the following stat with such terminology will likely get overlooked. But let’s try it anyway.
With a victory at the Mayakoba Classic on Monday morning, directly on the heels of his victory in Bermuda in his previous start, Brendon Todd now owns as many individual wins on sanctioned tours during the 2019 calendar year as Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm; one more than Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler; and two more than Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott – combined.
This is the same Brendon Todd who won his only prior PGA Tour title in 2014, then lost his game, lost his card, lost status on any circuit, clawed his way back on to the developmental Korn Ferry Tour, earned his PGA Tour status back and shortly thereafter won as many times as the world’s No. 1-ranked player has won all year.
All of which brings us to this week.
The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island for the RSM Classic, a regular haven for the large group of PGA Tour local residents and Bermuda greens specialists who make this tourney an appealing one to bet, because it so closely encapsulates what so many pros do best.
In fact, if you’d asked me three weeks ago which of this trio of events would best serve Todd, I likely would’ve picked this one, as the Seaside course provides familiar surroundings, even if he hasn’t played his best golf here in the past.
As stats guru Justin Ray tweeted, only four players have won three consecutive PGA Tour starts since the turn of the century: Tiger Woods (four times), Vijay Singh, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, which is one reason why you’ll only see Todd’s name again near the end of this column.
Instead, let’s find some other Southeasterners who should flourish at a spot where many of them have played so well in the past.