2022 RSM Classic: Top 10 Power Rankings at Sea Island

RSM Classic, Sea Island Golf Club, Saint Simons Island, Georgia,(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
RSM Classic, Sea Island Golf Club, Saint Simons Island, Georgia,(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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Aug 19, 2022; Wilmington, Delaware, USA; Brian Harman chips onto the first green during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Harman has local knowledge out the wazoo at the RSM Classic. Not only is he a part of the Sea Island Mafia as a local resident, but he’s teed it up at this event every year since 2012.

While a win hasn’t come away at his home event, a lot of cash has.

Harman has made eight of 10 cuts highlighted by T-4th (69-68-66-65) in 2017. The former Georgia Bulldog owns two top-10s and five finishes inside the top 32.

Sea Island residents have been a bit cursed at this event as they aren’t racking up wins at the RSM Classic as you’d imagine. It can be a bit of a burden to have a home game when you’re used to life out on the road, but Harman’s learned to embrace it.

"“I love it, man,” Harman was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2019. “I’ve got my parents staying with me, my caddie’s staying with me, we’ve been cooking every night. It used to kind of bug me a little bit, it’s kind of like I wanted to play well so bad, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve just kind of embraced it. It’s just a fun week, man. Let’s have fun, let’s have a good time. It seems to be helping a little bit.”"

Harman hasn’t won on the PGA Tour in five years, so it’s understandable how he seems to fly under the radar.

Quietly, though, he’s playing some of the best golf of his career. He’s approaching his apex of No. 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking thanks to consistent high finishes.

The 35-year-old was a Russell Henley heater away from potentially winning the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba a couple weeks ago, where he took solo second. That was Harman’s fourth straight top-25 and fifth straight made cut.

He had a good year at the majors, making three of four cuts and taking T-6th at The Open Championship. Harman also made it to East Lake thanks in large part to T-3rd at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

He ranked 44th on the PGA Tour last season in total strokes gained per round (.608) and was a positive in every SG category.

A lack of distance can harm Harman some weeks on the schedule, but that’s not a big dealbreaker around the Seaside and Plantation courses.

I don’t quite have him poised to finally win the RSM Classic, but he’ll one-up his previous high finish.