This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
It is the final week of the 2016 portion of the PGA Tour season and The RSM Classic, hosted by Davis Love III, from Sea Island, Ga. There's a huge influx of the Sea Island boys back again this year along with some intriguing young players. Here's our stats preview.
This event is played over two courses, the Seaside and Plantation Courses, before moving solely to the Seaside Course over the weekend. Thus, it's a huge field. We're going to do something different this week since these courses demand precision yet birdies, and thus strokes gained-total is the best stat to use. I'll go through the major categories and point out the top player in the field in each category and whether they're a good pick.
Strokes gained-total: Lucas Glover, gaining 2.288 strokes per round on the field
I love this pick for this week. Glover's been trending in the right direction for a while now, finishing T5 at the Sanderson Farms and third in Vegas. He ranks fifth in strokes gained-total, 11th in off the tee, fifth in greens in regulation and eighth in scoring average. He's a great pick to both win and finish high/be consistent over four days.
Strokes gained-putting: Cody Gribble – 1.673
Although Brian Gay is technically the leader in this category, it's only over two starts. I don't recommend him. Gribble is right behind him and his stats are over four starts including the win, so it's not only a better baseline to judge