The RSM Classic 2015 Tournament Roundup

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The final 72-hole leaderboard for the 2015 RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Georgia is in.  Kevin Kisner cruised to a 6-under 64 (tied for the lowest round of the day) to win his first PGA Tour event by 6 strokes over runner-up Kevin Chappell.  Below is the truncated top-10 leaderboard:

(1)  Kevin Kisner (-22)
(2) Kevin Chappell (-16)
(3) Graeme McDowell (-15)
(4) Jon Curran (-13)
(5) Freddie Jacobson (-12)
(T6) Russell Henley (-11)
(T6) Alex Cejka (-11)
(T6) Jeff Overton (-11)
(T9) Tom Hoge (-10)
(T9) John Huh (-10)
(T9) Scott Stallings (-10)
(T9) Chad Campbell (-10)
(T9) Charles Howell III (-10)
(T9) Lucas Glover (-10)
(T9) Jamie Lovemark (-10)
(T9) Jason Dufner (-10)
(T9) David Hearn (-10)

Here are my thoughts and a few statistics on the champion and some notable golfers on the leaderboard:

Winner: Kevin Kisner (-22) – The 31-year-old finally got his first win, and I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming; he has had many close calls over the past year or so.  If you recall, he finished second alone last week at the WGC-HSBC Champions, so clearly he’s in some really good form.  We’ll see how long he can keep it up.  Today: 6 birdies (5 on the front, 1 on the back) and no bogeys for a second straight 64.  Scores over four rounds: 65, 67, 64, 64 (260).

Kevin Chappell (-16) – A name that pops up every once in a while on Tour.  His previous three finishes were CUT, T62, T29, so I guess you could say he has been on the uptrend.  His best finishes last season were a pair of T8s at the John Deere and McGladrey (now known as the RSM) Classics, and he has also had some other top 10 finishes in previous seasons.  Although he has a Nationwide Tour win, he hasn’t yet won on the PGA Tour; I forsee that changing for the 29-year-old sometime down in the future.  Today:  5 birdies and 2 bogeys for a 3-under 67.  Scores over four rounds: 66, 65, 68, 67 (266).

Graeme McDowell (-15) – He won last week at the WGC-HSBC Champions (a brief writeup on him can be found in that post), and clearly this is just a continuation of that great form.  It’s obvious that this guy means business, and it will be interesting to see how his consistency tournament to tournament really shakes out.  Tournament note:  He was penalized one stroke in the third round for mistakenly believing that the clean and place rule was in effect — had that not happened, though, he still wouldn’t have been close to taking the title.  Today:  4 birdies and 1 bogey for a 3-under 67.  Scores over four rounds: 67, 68, 65, 67 (267).

Lucas Glover (-10) – Played well this week — some would say surprisingly well.  Since the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage, he sadly hasn’t been able to make anything happen on Tour aside from one more win at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship.  He has has several abysmal finishes in recent years on Tour.  His previous three finishes this season were T17 (Frys), CUT (Shriners), T39 (Sanderson Farms), and his last two finishes at the McGladrey/RSM Classic were T40 (2013) and T73 (2014).  Today:  5 birdies and 3 bogeys for a 2-under 68.  Scores over four rounds: 66, 71, 67, 68 (272).

Have any congratulations for Kevin, or any other thoughts about this year’s RSM Classic? Discuss in the comments below!

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