Simpson, Hatton headline strong RSM Classic field

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PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: The Masters Tournament (Dustin Johnson)

THIS WEEK: The RSM Classic, Nov. 19-22

Sea Island Resort (Seaside), Sea Island, Ga. (Par 70, 7,005 yards)

Purse: $6.6 million (Winner: $1.188 million)

Defending Champion: Tyler Duncan

FedEx Cup leader: Johnson

TV: Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).

NOTES: This is the second-to-last PGA Tour event of the calendar year. … Duncan sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Webb Simpson for his first PGA Tour title last year. It earned Duncan a spot in last week’s Masters, where he missed the cut by five shots. … Five of the 10 previous event winners made The RSM Classic their maiden Tour victory. … Former Masters champions Zach Johnson and Danny Willett are also in this week’s field. … Bill Haas withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19 and was replaced in the field by alternate Vincent Whaley. Meanwhile, Joaquin Niemann returns after being forced to withdraw from The Masters due to a positive COVID-19 test. … Longtime event host Davis Love III will not compete this week due to a neck injury. … Davis Thompson, the top-ranked amateur in the world, is in the field for the second consecutive year.

BEST BETS: Simpson (850) is the top-ranked player in the field at No. 6 and lost in a playoff last year. He’s coming off a T10 at Augusta National. … Tyrrell Hatton (1600) will be looking to bounce back from missing the cut at The Masters, but still has a win and three other top-10s in his past seven starts. … Sungjae Im (2200) played in the final group last week and has risen to No. 18 in the world. … Tommy Fleetwood (2500) is still seeking his first win on U.S. soil. He’s coming off a T19. … Jason Day (3500) found his form with four consecutive top-10s over the summer but has a lone top-10 against three missed cuts in his past eight starts. … Justin Rose (4500) offers enticing odds. The former world No. 1 was in contention last week before carding a 76 on Saturday.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Dec. 3-6

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: LPGA Drive On Championship – Reynolds Lake Oconee (Ally McDonald)

THIS WEEK: Pelican Women’s Championship, Nov. 19-22

Belleair, Fla. (Par 70, 6,268 yards)

Purse: $1.5 million

Defending Champion: Inaugural event

Race to the CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang

TV: Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel, tape delayed)

NOTES: The inaugural event features a 108-player field. … This is the first LPGA Tour event in the Tampa area since the 1989 St. Petersburg Women’s Open. The event was postponed from May due to the coronavirus pandemic. … Eight of the top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings are in the field, although No. 1 Jin Young Ko remains in South Korea due to travel restrictions.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Volunteers of America Classic, Dec. 3-6

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Kevin Sutherland)

THIS WEEK: OFF

NEXT TOURNAMENT: PNC Championship, Dec. 17-20

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