Dustin Johnson won his second major championship last weekend at the Masters at 12-1, breaking the all-time scoring record at Augusta National by shooting 20 under par. Our nearest pursuer in this column was Cameron Smith, who became the first player in Masters history to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60s yet still lost by five strokes, tying for second. Johnson is not in this week’s field at the RSM Classic in Georgia, but 33 golfers who played in the Masters will tee it up.
Because the event is immediately after the Masters this year, the RSM Classic arguably has the best field in its history. Webb Simpson (10-1), fresh off a top-10 finish at Augusta, has two runners-up here and lost in a playoff last year, so he is a logical odds-on tournament favorite. Sungjae Im tied for second at the Masters and shares a 20-1 price with Tyrrell Hatton, No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, who is making his first appearance here. Hatton is part of a sizable contingent of Europeans in the Masters field who stuck around Georgia for another week. Tommy Fleetwood (25-1), Matthew Fitzpatrick (30-1), Shane Lowry (40-1), Lee Westwood (80-1), Matt Wallace (80-1), Bernd Wiesberger (100-1) and Danny Willett (110-1) are part of the European Tour players staying stateside.