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2022 RSM Classic leaderboard: Harry Higgs, Andrew Putnam, Cole Hammer share 36-hole lead at Sea Island

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It’s been three years since Harry Higgs led 36 holes on the PGA Tour. Entering the weekend tied for the top spot on the leaderboard with Andrew Putnam and Cole Hammer under 12s, the attractive Higgs will face him after surviving the 2021-22 season in which he lost his permanent status on the PGA Tour.

After finishing in the 125–150 category of the FedEx Cup standings, Higgs was forced into the Korn Ferry Tour playoffs where he missed three straight cuts. He started this season in a similar fashion before shooting in the second round of the World Tech Championship at Mayakoba with a 9-to-62 record. On Friday at Sea Island, Higgs made another valiant effort in the second round and this time signed a 7-63 contract at the Seaside Course, which will see players play the final 36 holes.

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Climbing to the top of the leaderboard by the end of the day, Higgs was flawless, scoring seven birdies and no scarecrows. More of the same will be needed over the weekend as the crowded leaderboard features not only his co-leaders, but also Joel Dahmen, Bo Hossler and Sahit Tigala, who are one stroke behind by 11 years below.

Leaders

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T1. Andrew Putnam, Cole Hammer, Harry Higgs (-12)

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Putnam is a player of particular interest due to the consistency with which he has played throughout the fall. Getting paid at every start, the 33-year-old has already made 12 cuts in a row since last season. During this time, he survived a couple of unsuccessful attempts with a T5 result at the St. Jude and finished second in the Zozo Championship this season as he hopes to reach the final nine again this weekend.

“My driving accuracy was probably the best of my career last year, so it really helped,” Putnam said. “Petting is pretty good again as usual and my irons have been pretty sharp this week. Pretty much every part of my game has been pretty good right now, so it’s a fun time to play golf.”

Other contenders

T4. Bo Hossler, Joel Dahmen, Sahit Tigala (-11)

T7. Kevin Strilman, Seung-Yul No, David Lingmert, Callum Tarren (-10)

T11. Alex Smalley, Ben Martin, Will Gordon, Chris Gotterup (-9)

T15. Seamus Power, Justin Su, Patrick Rogers, Dean Bermester (-8)

It was a great autumn period for Damen, especially these last four starts. Competing ahead of the last rounds of the RSM Classic, the 35-year-old arrived at Sea Island finishing in the top 20 three times in a row, including a T3 attempt at the World Tech Championship. After the second round, he spoke about his motivation for this season as this is his first non-elimination campaign since his victory at the 2021 Corales Championship.

“You are always worried. Golf is hard. Golf is very difficult and can quickly deteriorate. Playing with freedom for a year and a half, two and a half years, in fact, has never been like this in my career, ”Damen said. . “So yes, the game in Napa went well, we are back to square one. If you don’t play well, you don’t have a job. I understood this very well. And maybe, yes, I don’t necessarily think about it when I’m there, but I had a couple extra days of practice, I mean, I always played better when I had my back against the wall a little, and it’s hard to tell that you with your back against the wall when you first start the year, but for the first time in a couple of years, it was definitely different for me.”

2022 RSM Classic updated odds and picks

Odds via bookmaker Caesars

  • Andrew Putnam: 5-1
  • Sahit Tigala: 7-1
  • Joel Damen: 7-1
  • Bo Hossler: 12-1
  • Harry Higgs: 12-1
  • Cole Hammer: 14-1
  • Will Gordon: 20-1
  • Callum Tarren: 22-1
  • Alex Smalley: 25-1
  • Seamus Strength: 25-1
  • Kevin Strilman: 25-1
  • David Lingmert: 30-1

Putnam was my pick at the start of the week and it’s nice to see him on the board of chances for the second day in a row. He remains confident that he will move forward, but if you’re looking for a different choice with a little more juice, Power might be the man to work with at 25-1. The Irishman has been brilliant this fall with a win and another podium to his credit. He counted a weekend at this tournament a year ago and there is no reason to believe he won’t be back for the next 36 holes.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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