After Tony Finau’s dominant performance at the Cadence Bank Houston Open last weekend at Memorial Golf Course, he’s ready to go back-to-back at the RSM Classic from the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Finau cashed as high as +1600 last weekend in Houston, a big drop off from Russell Henley winning the World Wide Technology Championship at +5000 two weeks ago. Henley was one of the highest odds to win recently, with Seamus Power taking the Bermuda Championship at +1800 and Rory McIlroy claiming his second straight CJ Cup with just a +650 payout.
After Finau at +900 this week, the odds drop off pretty significantly, so if he doesn’t win, there should be a pretty hefty return on investment – if we can pinpoint the champion:
Tony Finau +900
It’s extremely hard to win back-to-back events on the Tour; just ask Henley, who tied course records with a -23 in the win at Mayakoba only to miss the cut last weekend in Houston. Finau can do it though, not just because this field only has five other players in the top 50, but because the last back-to-back winner was indeed Finau.
Finau got hot at the end of last season, winning the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic on back-to-back weekends at the end of July. With his victory at the Houston Open Finau has now won three of his last seven events while also adding top 10s at the FedEx St. Jude Championship and Tour Championship.
Brian Harman +2500
Right behind #12 Finau on the odds list and OWGR rankings for this weekend is Brian Harman, who ranks 26th. Harman hasn’t picked up a Tour win since 2017, but he is a UGA graduate who was born just a little over an hour away in Savannah, GA, so this hometown tournament would be the one to get.
Harman’s best finish at this event is fourth in 2017, but he’s been playing well on the Fall leg of the Tour so far. The 35-year-old has been in the top 25 in all three events he’s entered, 15th at the Shriners Childrens Open, 23rd at the CJ Cup, and most recently, 2nd at the World Wide Technology Championship two weeks ago.
Jason Day +2500
Could this be a bounce-back season for Jason Day? He’s only 113th in OWGR, but has been playing well so far on the Fall Tour After a missed cut at the Fortinet Championship Day has rattled off four straight top 25s at the Shriners Childrens Open (8th), CJ Cup (11th), World Wide Technology Championship (21st), and Houston Open (16th). It’s another depleted field in Georgia, so Day has just as good a chance at pulling this off as anybody not named Finau.
Seamus Power +2500
Seamus Power might be the play here this weekend as he comes in atop the FedEx Cup standings after winning the Bermuda Championship and finishing third at the World Wide Technology Championship in his last two entries. Couple that in with a fourth-place finish at the 2021 RSM Championship, and Power has nice potential in this spot.