The US PGA Tour's RSM Classic, set to tee off at Sea Island Resort in Georgia on Thursday, is technically only the eighth tournament on the new 2017-2018 US PGA Tour, but in reality, it's the tour's 44th event of a long and energy sapping-year.
That's probably why the bulk of the Tour's big-name, big-money-winners like the USA's World Nos 1, 2 and 3, Dustin Johson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, are giving it a miss and putting up their feet instead.
The fact that other hot shots like Spanish upstart Jon Rahm, the World No 5, and England's Olympic champion, Justin Rose, are in Dubai contesting the European Tour's DP World Tour Championship has further weakened the field.
Yet, for all this, the sheer depth of talent in the ranks of professional golf these days is such that the field for this, the last official PGA Tour event of the year, is no pushover.
No event can be so if it includes the likes of 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson, former British Open Champion Zack Johnson, Ryder Cup regular Matt Kuchar, FedEx Cup winners Bill Haas (2012) and Brandt Snedeker (2013) and a super hot Kevin Kisner, who won his maiden PGA Tour title here two years ago and, after a brief slide, is looking pretty competitive again on each and every occasion he plays.
Lets not forget either that also in the field are last week's winner Patton Kizzire, the new FedEx Cup points leader and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson who will surely want to use his power off the tee to take advantage of the two short and easy courses in play this week to get himself back on the winning track after tumbling down the World Ranking list to what might be a career low of 68th.
Of all of these contenders, then, who the do the expert tipsters see as the most likely winner of a contest set to be played for three of the four rounds on Sea Island's short par 70 Seaside Course of just 7,005-yards (it averaged a tournament-low of 68.889 in 2016) and for the other one round on the Resort's slightly longer 7,058-yard par 72 Plantation Course.
The bookmaker's rate Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman, both at 16/1, as the most likely winners followed by Simpson at 18/1, Kuchar at 22/1 and Haas, Kizzire and Charles Howell, all at 25/1.
Golf fantasy tipsters like Rob Bolton of PGATour.com also see Kisner and Harmon as the most likely winners but rank Howell and Hadley above Simpson, Kuchar and Haas.
And the weather? It's quite true that the resort has been savaged by Hurricanes, most recently this year by Hurricane Irma, but both the Seaside and Plantation courses have recovered well and are ready for play and with cloudless skies being forecast and the usual mild sea breezes at this time of the year not expected to influence play, the weather shouldn't have much of a say in who wins and who loses.
(Tuesday am, Nov 14, 2017)
Kevin Kisner 16/1
Brian Harman 16/1
Matt Kuchar 22/1
Webb Simpson 18/1
Charles Howell III 25/1
Bill Haas 25/1
Patton Kizzire 25/1
Chesson Hadley 28/1
Brandt Snedeker 28/1
Ollie Schniederjans 30/1
Zach Johnson 33/1
Jamie Lovemark 40/1
Jason Kokrak 45/1
J J Spaun 45/1
William McGirt 50/1
Scott Brown 50/1
Kevin Streelman 50/1
Whee Kim 50/1
Graeme McDowell 55/1
Bud Cauley 60/1
Bubba Watson 66/1.
NOTE: For all the latest odds go to www.oddschecker.com/golf/rsm-classic/winner.
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