The final round of the 2022 calendar year final event is set to be a doozy. With a crowded standings coming out of round three of the 2022 RSM Classic, it will be Patrick Rodgers and Ben Martin who will be tasked with successfully converting a 54-hole lead as the pair come into possession by a slim margin at Sunday. 14 under.
With a career victory between the two of them – Martin won the 2014 Shriners Children’s Open – nothing will be handed to them. Martin entered Sea Island this week simply hoping to regain some form since the fall swing has largely been nasty with the former Clemson Tiger. Missing three of six cuts and failing to get a single top-40 finish, Martin relied on the good vibes and familiarity with the property to turn the tide.
Rodgers, on the other hand, tends to head into this very moment coming off five straight top-30 finishes. With one of those finishes in the form of a T3 in the Bermuda Championship, Sunday will represent yet another opportunity for the 30-year-old to snatch his long-awaited first career PGA Tour victory.
Rodgers won’t be the only one hoping to step into the winner’s circle for the first time. Twelve non-winners, including Sahith Theegala, Taylor Pendrith and Harry Higgs, will enter the final round three shots off the lead. With so much at stake and so much inexperience in contention, the final round of the RSM Classic 2022 has the potential to be the most memorable of the young 2022-23 season.
T1. Patrick Rodgers, Ben Martin (-14)
He stood out at Stanford and played a lot of his career on the PGA Tour, but Rodgers remains winless. Slowly but surely he gained more experience as he competed on Sundays. Will it finally be his time?
Rodgers ranks second in strokes gained on approach and sixth in strokes gained putting in two laps on the Seaside Course. If he is able to continue to function in such a capacity in the final round, it is conceivable that he will finally lift a trophy on the PGA Tour.
T3. Andrew Putnam, Adam Svensson, Sahith Theegala (-13)
T6. Brian Harman, Taylor Pendrith, Taylor Montgomery, Alex Smalley, Kevin Streelman, Beau Hossler, Harry Higgs (-12)
T13. Ben Taylor, Seamus Power, Callum Tarren, Will Gordon, Harry Higgs (-11)
A total of 16 players will enter the final round within three shots of the lead, making it anyone’s tournament to win. There’s a lot at stake, including 500 FedEx Cup points, byes through the 2025 season, and entry into major leagues.
Canadian Adam Svensson made the most of his Moving Day in the third round by signing for an 8-under 62. Without a major championship start on his resume, the 28-year-old will be featured in the final group on Sunday with a chance to change that and claim his first PGA Tour victory.
“I knew I was playing well, I kept following,” Svensson said. “I had a bogey, it’s fine, I’m going to birdies. But yeah, my game feels really good and I kept hitting it through the pin and if they don’t go in, they don’t go step and make a few putts.”
Can the Sea Island mafia finally break through?
A large contingent of Sea Island residents made it this week, including Harris English, JT Poston and Keith Mitchell. Without much group success in their home event, fellow locals Brian Harman and Will Gordon will stand as Sea Island’s best chance to break this hometown drought on Sunday.
“You know, they say a local has never won here, but I mean, [Kevin] Kisner spends all kinds of time here. [Chris] Kirk lived here for seven or eight years,” Harman said. “I don’t think about it too much. There is a lot of talent on this island and one of us is going to win this tournament sooner or later.”
RSM Classic 2022 Odds and Pick Update
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook
- Patrick Rodgers: 5-1
- Sahith Theegala: 7-1
- Andrew Putnam: 7-1
- Ben Martin: 9-1
- Brian Harman: 10-1
- Taylor Montgomery: 11-1
- Adam Svensson: 12-1
- Taylor Pendrith: 16-1
- Alex Smalley: 18-1
- Beau Hossler: 22-1
- Kevin Streelman: 25-1
- Seamus Power: 28-1
- Will Gordon: 35-1
- Harry Higgs: 35-1
- Callum Tarren: 60-1
- BenTaylor: 65-1
All of those listed above are within three shots of the lead and could realistically win the 2022 RSM Classic. Despite the open nature of the event, it’s still Putnam who we’ll be rocking with. The 33-year-old barely had his best on Saturday but was still able to sign for a round under par and hold his own in this tournament. Putnam will be in the second-to-last group and, given his consistent and well-balanced play throughout the fall, he should be more than comfortable in that environment.