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The Last Hurrah

This weekend marks the last chance to gobble up any FedEx Cup points for 2021 at the RSM Classic, taking place at the Sea Island Resort in  St. Simons Island, GA. There’s a couple more tournaments left before the year closes out. The Hero World Championship in the Bahamas & the QBE Shootout in Naples, FL coming up in December, but neither tournament awards any FedEx Cup points to the winner. Sea Island, GA is about 4 hours southeast of our stomping grounds in Augusta and is one of three tournaments in the state of Georgia, along with The Masters and TOUR Championship.

The field looks to be pretty good. There’s a handful or so of major winners including Adam Scott, Jason Day, Justin Rose and Webb Simpson. Robert Streb will be defending his title and the only two time winner in the tournament’s history, his only two wins on the PGA Tour. The field also has each of the last six winners of the RSM Classic in the field and several players who call Sea Island home, none of which have ever won. There will be a lot of eyes on Scottie Scheffler, who is red hot right now, throwing darts and looking for his first win. He’s the favorite to win going into Thursday, but will have his work cut out for him. Fans may want to keep an eye on Kevin Kisner too, who holds the 72 hole scoring record at Sea Island and just last year lost in a playoff to Streb.

In other RSM Classic news, anyone following the tournament for the last couple of years is familiar with the ship named Golden Ray, which was carrying nearly 4,200 automobiles, that capsized and overturned nearly two years ago that could be seen from the course. Davis Love III, who hosts the tournament, commented that it was the 2nd most popular question he got related to the tournament, after “Can I get a parking pass?” Well, another major milestone in the salvage and removal of the shipwreck has been completed, as the eighth and final major chunk was removed in late October. An article in Golfweek mentioned it’s estimated three million man hour have gone into the clean up. The shipwreck removal is said to be the largest in US history.