Topwin Golf & Country Club, Beijing, China – The picturesque Topwin Golf & Country Club is a 7,261-yard, par 72 set in the mountains outside of Beijing. The Ian Woosnam-design features tons of water and large undulating greens. It should make for gorgeous television viewing and some low scores.
For the model this week, FGWW is going to be looking at course history, current form, SG T2G, and SG Putting.
2017 -17 Alexander Levy (Runner Up, Playoff: Dylan Frittelli)
2016 -22 Hao Tong Li (Runner Up: -19 Felipe Aguilar)
2015 -9 Ashun Wu (Runner Up: -8 David Howell)
2014 -19 Alexander Levy (Runner Up: -15 Tommy Fleetwood)
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco – Considered one of the finer courses in Africa, the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Red Course) is a Robert Trent Jones design that is somewhat reminiscent of Valderrama. It’s an extremely long and flat par 72, measuring up to 7,615 yards. It features tree-lined kikuyu fairways and poa greens (4 of which were enlarged in a 2010 renovation that also added back tees and a fair amount of newer bunkers).
We will be looking at Driving Accuracy, SG:T2G, SG:Putting, and maybe even a little Scrambling when selecting players this week.
2017 -9 Edoardo Molinari (Runner Up, Playoff: Paul Dunne)
2016 -5 Wang Jeung-hun (Runner Up, Playoff: Nacho Elvira)
2015 -10 Richie Ramsay (Runner Up: -9 Romain Wattel)
2014 -19 Alejandro Canizares (Runner Up: -15 Andy Sullivan)
Centro Nacional de Golf, Madrid, Spain – The course this week will be playing very dry and very firm. It has only hosted two Euro events in the past 11 years, the 2009 Madrid Masters and the 2007 Open de Espana, which saw Charl Schwartzel winning with a low total of 16 under. So, there is little course history to draw on. It is said that hitting greens here will a determining factor to playing well.
NOTE: Jon Rahm went to school and played golf here for two years. Heavily favored, but hard to tell how much juice he’ll have left after a big week at Augusta.
We’ll be looking at SG-Approach, GIR, and SG Putting when making our selections this week.
2017 No Tournament
2016 +1 Andrew Johnston (Runner Up: E Joost Luiten)
2015 -10 James Morrison (Runners Up: -6 Edouard Espana, David Howell, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari)
2014 -4 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Runners Up, Playoff: Richard Green, Thomas Pieters)
GFL Golf & Country Club, New Delhi, India – The course this week in New Delhi is unusually long and very difficult. It could favor bombers as long as they don’t spray the driver too much. There were a number of lost balls off the tee here last year and it lead to very long rounds and some crazy high scores.
Many will be favoring local Indian players as well as safer players and veterans (see S.S.P. Chawrasia) that know how to avoid trouble.
As for this FGWW writer, I’ll be taking players long off the tee who have high GIR percentages.
(only one year of history at the GFL G&CC)
2017 -10 SSP Chawrasia (Runner Up: -3 Gavin Green)
2016 -15 SSP Chawrasia (Runners Up: -13 Anirban Lahiri, Wang Jeung-hun)
2015 -7 Anirban Lahiri (Runner Up, Playoff: SSP Chawrasia)
Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa – The co-sanctioned Tshwane Open has a relatively short history of only five years, with the last three iterations of the event being held at Pretoria Country Club. The course, a 7,081-yard, par 71, is short, narrow and littered with water hazards and pesky little bunkers. However, over past three years it has shown it to be very playable. Those players who get hot this week will be able to go low (rounds as low as 65 have been common).
We are going to be favoring local South Africans, current form, and a little course history while making our picks this week.
2017 -18 Dean Burmester (Runners Up: -15 Jorge Campillo, Mikko Korhonen)
2016 -16 Charl Schwartzel (Runner Up: -8 Jeff Winther)
2015 -14 George Coetzee (Runner Up: -13 Jacques Blaauw)