ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – With roughly a dozen PGA Tour players calling the area home, much is made of the home-course advantage some players enjoy at this week’s RSM Classic. But Hudson Swafford wasn’t taking any chances.
Although he said he’d played Sea Island’s Plantation Course often when he first moved to St. Simons Island, Ga., he hadn’t seen the layout recently so he scheduled a scouting trip before going to last week’s OHL Classic.
“I played it three or four times right before Mexico because I haven't probably logged in as many rounds as of late over there as I have Seaside [Course],” Swafford said.
The extra practice proved to be helpful on Friday when he played the Plantation Course in 67 strokes to take a share of second place at 11 under par.
Swafford is vying to become the island’s first full-time resident to win the event. Kevin Kisner was living temporarily on St. Simons Island when he won last year, and the 2013 champion Chris Kirk had moved from the island to the Atlanta area when he won the event.
“Home games can be difficult because you can overthink it,” Swafford said. “The golf courses change a lot from when we're playing at home just beating around with the guys that live here, so it's definitely a different golf course but same venue.”