2019 RSM Classic

THE OVERVIEW

Sea Island Golf Club, Seaside Course – The Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club is a par-70 links-style track that plays fairly short at only 7,005 yards. The fairways are relatively wide but have numerous bunkers in play off the tee, and due to the shortened length, many players will be clubbing down off the tee. The greens here will be tricky to read this week and the wind may play a factor if it picks up. However, scores should get really low. Key stats that I will be focusing on are SG: Approach and Birdie or Better Percentage.

Keep in mind that a number of PGA Tour Pros live in the area and train here. For example, J.T. Poston is a member at Sea Island. Other names that live and train nearby are:  Stewart Cink, Harris English, Brian Harman, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner, Patton Kizzire, Davis Love III, Trey Mullinax, Seamus Power, Hudson Swafford, and Nick Watney.

 

PAST WINNERS

2018  – 21   Austin Cook   (Runner Up:  – 17   J.J. Spaun)

2017  – 17   Mackenzie Hughes   (Runners Up:  Playoff,  Blayne Barber, Billy Horschel, Henrik Norlander, Camilo Villegas)

2016  – 22   Kevin Kisner   (Runner Up:  – 16  Kevin Chappell)

2015  – 14   Robert Streb   (Runners Up:  Playoff,  Brendon de Jonge, Will MacKenzie)

2014  – 14   Chris Kirk   (Runners Up:  – 13  Briny Baird, Tim Clark)

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2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic

THE OVERVIEW

El Camaleon Golf Course, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – The El Camaleon Golf layout is a Greg Norman design that winds through tropical jungle and mangroves and along oceanfront sand. The course this week will play as a 6,987-yard par 71 and consists of paspulum grass that some players tend to play really well on (I’m looking at you Pat Perez).

It’s a ball striker’s track with a lot of trouble in play. A series of canals runs through the Mayakoba track and are potential hazards off of the tee on most holes. Given the course’s average length, many of the past champions here have not been big hitters. So, we’ll be looking to favor accuracy over distance.

When selecting players this week, I’ll be favoring ball striking stats from the past five events pretty heavily. That may not be the most recommended course of action, but it is one way to play an event like this and I have committed to it here.

 

PAST WINNERS

2018  – 19  Patton Kizzire   (Runner Up:   -18   Rickie Fowler)

2017  – 21  Pat Perez   (Runners Up:  – 19  Gary Woodland)

2016  – 18  Graeme McDowell   (Runners Up:  Playoff  Jason Bohn, Russell Knox)

2015  – 17  Charley Hoffman   (Runner Up:  – 16  Shawn Stefani)

2014  – 21  Harris English   (Runner Up:  – 17  Brian Stuard)

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2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

THE OVERVIEW

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada – The TPC Summerlin is a par-71, 7,255- yard track laid out just below stunning red rock foothills on the west side of Las Vegas, Nevada.  The course winds over and through numerous jagged-rock canyons and features lots of elevation change, big greens, some elusive fairways, and plenty of risk/reward situations. All together, it is a bit of a bomber’s course and scores should be really low (Rod Pampling shot an opening round 60 here in 2016).

Some variables that we will be paying close attention to are: current form, course history, driving distance, and putting.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  – 9  Patrick Cantlay   (Runners Up, Playoff:   Alex Cejka, Whee Kim)

2016  – 20  Rod Pampling   (Runners Up:   – 18   Brooks Koepka)

2015  – 16  Smylie Kaufman   (Runners Up:   – 15   Jason Bohn, Alex Cejka, Patton Kizzire, Kevin Na, Brett Stegmaier, Cameron Tringale)

2014  – 20  Ben Martin   (Runner Up:  – 18   Kevin Streelman)

2013  – 24  Webb Simpson   (Runner Up:   – 18   Jason Bohn, Ryo Ishikawa)

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2019 Sanderson Farms Championship

THE OVERVIEW

Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi   The stateside PGA event this week is going to Jackson, Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson.

This course this week is a 7,421-yard, par 72, John Fought design and features bermuda grass throughout and small, tricky green complexes.

Putting should be a major key to winning this week and since a number of past winners won for the first time at the Sanderson, don’t be afraid to play pros that might otherwise be considered unproven.

Update: Weather is supposed to be a factor this week. Wind and rain. Keep an eye on players’ tee times and select accordingly.

 

PAST WINNERS

2018  -19   Ryan Armour   (Runner Up :    -14   Chesson Hadley)

2017   -20   Cody Gribble   (Runners Up:   -16   Chris Kirk, Luke List, Greg Owen)

2016  -18   Peter Malnati    (Runners Up:   -17   William McGirt, David Toms)

2015  -16   Nick Taylor    (Runners Up:   -14   Jason Bohn, Boo Weekley)

 

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2018 WGC – HSBC Champions

THE OVERVIEW

Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China   Often cited as one of the best golf courses in all of China, Sheshan International Golf Club features big valleys and rolling, tree-lined fairways combined with a bunch of water in play.

This week the course will play as a 7,266-yard par 72 and should be a pure birdie fest with the winning aggregate score less than 20 under.

When selecting players this week, I’ll be looking at current form, course history, Birdie or Better Percentage, SG: Off the Tee, GIR, and SG:Putting.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -14   Justin Rose   (Runners Up :    -12   Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson)

2016   -23   Hideki Matsuyama   (Runners Up:   -16   Daniel Berger, Henrik Stenson)

2015  -20   Russell Knox    (Runner Up:   -18   Kevin Kisner)

2014  -11   Bubba Watson    (Runner Up, Playoff:   Tim Clark)

 

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