Simply three again, Zach Johnson seems to be to lastly get locals on board at RSM Basic


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The 31522 is 0-for-a-decade throughout the pleasant confines of Sea Island Golf Membership, however the spectacular group {of professional} locals who name this slice of Georgia coast dwelling can have yet one more likelihood to get on the board on the RSM Basic.
This 12 months it’s Zach Johnson carrying the flag for the island following a third-round 65 Saturday that left him tied for second place at 14 underneath par and three strokes off the lead.
“There’s been some instances the place they’ve performed all proper,” Johnson mentioned. “I do not know. I imply, exterior of simply the essential information, the numbers, I imply, there’s 132 to 152 males within the subject, so the percentages are towards you.”
The percentages don’t appear nice for Johnson on Sunday with 2014 champion Robert Streb posting a wonderfully Robert Streb spherical, a bogey-free 67, on one other windswept day on the Seaside Course for a commanding lead. However given Johnson’s familiarity with the format, he was assured.

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The locals are at all times assured and understandably so. The checklist of island residents contains Johnson, a two-time main champion, plus Matt Kuchar, Harris English, Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire. Oh, and match host Davis Love III – or because the locals seek advice from him, “Uncle Davis.”
“Based mostly on the quantity of expertise that lives right here, based mostly on the resumes that dwell right here and having that course information, it’s a little bit shocking. I discover it slightly bit odd [that a local hasn’t won the RSM Classic],” Johnson mentioned.
There have been loads of shut calls because the occasion started in 2010. Chris Kirk was an area for a couple of years, however when he gained the occasion in 2013, he’d already moved to the Atlanta space. Kevin Kisner additionally hung out on the island whereas his home was being constructed however was lengthy gone when he collected his RSM Basic title in ’15.
There are some exterior possibilities. Kizzire is at 11 underneath after struggling on Saturday, and he’s gone low on the Seaside Course earlier than together with a third-round 63 in ’19, and Kuchar is one other shot again. But when that is going to be the 12 months when an area lastly wins the RSM Basic, it looks like Johnson is the perfect guess.
“I don’t dislike wind,” Johnson smiled when requested about Sunday’s forecast.
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He’s completed inside the highest 10 twice at Sea Island, in 2018 and ’19, and given this week’s windswept situations, Sunday’s finale favors a grinder like Johnson. However he is additionally had a decade to return to phrases with all of the pitfalls.
“Possibly it is strain, perhaps it is simply, you recognize, overconfidence, perhaps it is simply expectations. I hate expectations in relation to scorecards, it drives me loopy. I fall into it,” Johnson mentioned. “When my sport’s good and I really feel like I ought to shoot 60-nothing and I do not, it drives me loopy. I attempt to eradicate these sort of expectations and actually cling to the expectations of the controls and that is what I’ve carried out up to now.”
For the St. Simons Island locals, the expectations are at all times excessive regardless of a decade of disappointment, however Johnson hopes to alter that narrative as soon as and for all.

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