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Garrick Higgo looks to rebound off a ho-hum T61 finish last week as he takes his talents to Leopard Creek Country Club for the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Higgo may be home in the sense that he's in South Africa but Leopard Creek is roughly 1,000 miles away from his home course, De Zalze Golf Club, in the Southeastern tip of the country. The 21-year-old will look to continue his strong first year on the big stage which has included a win and T3, in 12 European Tour starts. That has him sitting at 67th in the Race to Dubai. The powerful lefty currently ranks 61st on tour in driving distance and 29th in GIR percentage but just 146th in strokes gained around-the-green and 133rd in strokes gained putting. His short game will likely be tested this week on a tight track that doesn't always let you unleash the big stick. Higgo opens the week at 33/1 on the betting board.
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Wilco Nienaber posted a runner-up finish last week and looks to snowball that momentum into more success as he preps for Leopard Creek Country Club, host of this week's Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The young South African has made some waves this year with trio of finishes that were T6 or better, including last week's runner-up finish at the Joburg Open. The other two big finishes were a solo 4th at the English Championship and T6 at the Andalucia Masters, both after the restart. It's positioned him at 62nd in the Race to Dubai. The 20-year-old found himself leading after 54 holes last week then settled for 70 on Sunday. Prior to the round he had this to say, "The final round is going to be great. It will be the first time I’m in that situation and I’m just going to embrace it and enjoy it." Nienaber didn't come away with a with at Randpark but surely learned a thing or two about playing with a lead on Sunday. He made headlines last week with his 450-yard (altitude-aided) drives but he's proven he can reign it and perform on a tighter track. That is evidenced by his T24 at this event in late 2019 and the beforementioned T6 at Valderrama.
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Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, World No. 265 Patton Kizzire backed up with a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of The RSM Classic, dropping two spots to T10 on 15-under 267.
After opening with 65-66-70, the Sea Island, Georgia, resident began T8 on 11-under, six in arrears of leader and eventual champ Robert Streb (68). He found nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 0.883 strokes off-the-tee and 1.148 around-the-green, but losing 2.130 on approach. The Auburn alum squared a lone bogey-5 at 14 (errant tee shot), offset by five birdies at 7, 8, 13, 15 and 16, three from between 10 and 15 feet. He posted 1.692 putts per GIR and 1.146 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. For the week, the 34-year-old totaled 26 birdies, No. 1 in that stat, against nine bogeys and one double, and in the three rounds lasered at the Seaside Course, was top-ranked in SG: Putting (8.226) though 63rd in SG: Approach (-4.619) and 58th in SG: Tee-to-Green (-3.359).
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Playing out of the sixth-to-last threesome, World No. 57 Corey Conners twirled a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of The RSM Classic to wrap on 15-under 267, up four places to T10.
This was the Canadian's third RSM and second top 25, second consecutive after T23 on last visit in 2019 (69-67-70-64). He improves to 6-for-8 on the season with five top 25s, four straight, and three top 10s, arriving off a major-best T10 at last week's Masters. For the week, the 28-year-old recorded rounds of 67-70-66-64, and tallied 21 birdies versus six bogeys, and in the three laps lasered on the Seaside Course, ranked No. 1 in SG: Tee-to-Green (8.708). In the finale, he landed 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered all 18 greens in regulation, losing 0.817 strokes on-the-green but gaining 0.877 off-the-tee and 3.046 on approach. The Kent State alum circled six birdies at holes 3, 4, 6, 11, 15 and 18, three from between nine and 22 feet, registering 1.722 putts per GIR with 31 total putts.
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Playing out of the final threesome, World No. 120 Zach Johnson backpedaled with a 2-under-par 36-32=68 in the final round of The RSM Classic, falling four spots to T6 on 16-under 266, three adrift of a two-man playoff involving past champ Kevin Kisner (63), and playing competitor and eventual champ Robert Streb (68).
The 44-year-old, vying for his 13th TOUR win in 428 events, first since the 2015 Open Championship 121 starts and over five year ago, settles for his fourth top 25 of the season in six starts and second top 10 (T8, U.S. Open). He's contested all 11 RSM's and records his third top 10, first since a prior-best T7 two tries ago. For the week, the St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident carded rounds of 66-67-65-68, and totaled 24 birdies versus five bogeys and one triple. In R4, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, gaining 0.270 strokes approaching but losing 0.708 off-the-tee and 0.877 around-the-green. The Drake alum's lone blemish was a costly, triple bogey-8 at hole 7 (watered tee ball), offset by four birdies at 2, 9, 15 and 18. He registered 1.750 putts per GIR and 0.361 SG: Putting, converting two scoring chances from between 20 and 23 feet.
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Playing out of the penultimate threesome, World No. 280 Kyle Stanley signed for a 4-under-par 33-33=66 after the final round of The RSM Classic for a 72-hole total of 16-under 266, down one place to T6, three back of a two-man playoff involving playing competitor Kevin Kisner (63) and eventual winner Robert Streb (68).
After kicking off with 67-65-68, the 33-year-old began T5 on 12-under, five adrift of leader Streb. He mustered eight (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, losing strokes off-the-tee (-2.095) and around-the-green (-0.295), but gaining 2.960 on approach. The Clemson product squared a lone bogey-5 at 16 (watered tee ball), outpaced by five circles at 2, 5, 12, 15 and 18. He posted 1.733 putts per GIR and 0.476 SG: Putting with 29 total putts, converting two scoring tries from between eight and 11 feet. For the week, the Gig Harbor, Washington, native totaled 21 birdies against five bogeys, and in the three rounds lasered on the Seaside Course, ranked No. 1 in SG: Approach (8.149) though 62 in SG: OTT (-2.527). This was his sixth RSM and second top 25, joining a T21 two visits ago in 2017, and improves to 4-for-6 on the season with one top 25, bettering a T28 at the Corales back in September. Overall, it's his 23rd career top-10 finish in 265 events, first since T3 at last season's Puerto Rico Open 14 starts ago.
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Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, first-round co-leader and World No. 866 Camilo Villegas tacked on a 4-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of The RSM Classic to conclude on 16-under 266, down one spot to T6, three back of a two-man playoff involving past champ Kevin Kisner (63) and past champ and eventual winner Robert Streb (68).
The 38-year-old, playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, drops to 2-for-12 as an 18-hole leader/co-leader. He does hang on for his second top 25 of the season in six starts (T23, Sanderson Farms), and records his 39th career top-10 finish in 330 events, first since T10 at the 2017 Valero Texas Open 33 starts ago. This was the Colombian's seventh RSM, third top 25 and second top 10, joining a P2 two tries ago in 2017. For the week, he carded rounds of 64-66-70-66, and tallied one eagle and 20 birdies versus six bogeys. On Sunday, the Florida alum conjured eight (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, losing 0.460 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 0.923 approaching and 0.633 on-the-green. He squared two back-nine bogeys at 13 (3-putt from 35'10" and 17, offset by six birdies at 2, 4, 8, 9, 15 and 18, two from the 10- to 11-foot range. Villegas registered 1.667 putts per GIR with 29 total putts, highlighted by two par-savers from between nine and 12 feet.
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Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, World No. 136 Andrew Landry twirled a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of The RSM Classic to reach 17-under 265, up four places to T4, two shy of a two-man playoff involving past champ Kevin Kisner (63) and past champ and eventual winner Robert Streb (68).
After kicking off with 68-68 and bogey-free 65, the 33-year-old began T8 on 11-under, six short of leader Streb. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 17 greens in regulation, gaining 0.201 strokes off-the-tee, 1.303 approaching and 0.930 around-the-green. The Arkansas alum carded a hole-out eagle-3 at 15 (from 22'11" away) and four birdie-3s at 2, 4, 9 and 16, posting 1.647 putts per GIR and 0.612 SG: Putting. This was his fifth RSM and second top 25, joining a T4 three tries ago in 2018, and improves to 4-for-6 on the season with one top 25, bettering a previous-best T27 at the Shriners five starts ago in his season-opener. The Texan records his ninth career top-10 finish in 98 events, first since his second TOUR victory at last season's multi-course American Express 18 starts ago. For the week, he totaled one eagle and 18 birdies versus three bogeys, and played his final 40 holes bogey-free.
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