The RSM Classic, also known as “Joe Adams’ Annual Schmoozefest,” is going on right now at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia. And unless you work for RSM, the saying “saving the best for last” doesn’t apply to this tournament, the finale of the 2019 PGA Tour season. Only one golfer in the top 20 world rankings (Webb Simpson, 12th) is playing in the RSM Classic.
But the talk of the tournament hasn’t been the beautiful weather, or the 7-under 65 Simpson carded yesterday to top the leaderboard, or Adams & Co. The talk of the tournament has been a massive capsized cargo ship off the Georgia coast that can be seen as clear as day from the golf course.
So about that massive overturned ship in the water at the RSM Classic… https://t.co/5TWRZw9Evm pic.twitter.com/rb2E0fLebY
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) November 21, 2019
The 656-foot cargo ship, called the Golden Ray, started to capsize off the shore of St. Simons Island on Sept. 8 after a fire broke out on board. The ship was carrying 4,200 cars, including brand-new Hyundai and Kia vehicles, and was heading for Baltimore before wrecking, according to published reports. Fortunately, all of the ship’s 24 crewmembers were saved. But it may take a year or more to remove the ship.
So, there’s a chance the ship will still be there for the 2020 RSM Classic, which will probably piss off RSM-sponsored golfer, Sea Island golf course redesigner, and noted prick Davis Love III, who whined when he was asked about the capsized ship:
“It’s disappointing when I come down the 18th hole with the Commissioner of the PGA Tour, the CEO of RSM, one of his guests, and (rock star) Darius Rucker and it’s the prettiest day of the year and you see a barge with port-o-lets on it and a sunken ship in the background,” he said.
Chill out, Davis. You, Adams, and RSM should be thankful that the ship is giving the tournament this much attention. Although it’s kinda sad that an overturned cargo ship is more of a star of the tournament than any of its golfers.