2018 Northern Trust

THE OVERVIEW

Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey  – The first round of the Fed Ex Playoffs commences in New Jersey at the Ridgewood Country Club this week. 125 players start the week and only the top 100 will continue onto Boston.

The course this week is a composite of the 27 holes at Ridgewood and will play as a 7,385-yard, par 71. It is among the oldest courses in the United States and was designed by famed Baltusrol, Bethpage Black, and Winged Foot course architect, Albert Warren Tillinghast.

The layout features tree-lined fairways, tough rough, a few short par 4s, a few long par 5s, small, well-guarded greens, and enough variation to force players to shape shots both left to right and right to left.

Length off the tee should be a significant advantage at Ridgewood, so we’ll be targeting Driving Distance, GIR, and SG:Putting when making selections this week. Ball Striking and Par-5 Scoring could also be relevant stats (and Firestone is often cited as a correlation course) for those who want to dig deeper into the numbers for the first week of the playoffs.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -13   Dustin Johnson    (Runner Up, Playoff:    Jordan Spieth)   @Glen Oaks Club

2016   -9   Patrick Reed   (Runners Up:   -8   Emiliano Grillo, Sean O’Hair)   @Bethpage, Black 

2015  -19   Jason Day    (Runner Up:   -13   Henrik Stenson)   @Plainfield Country Club

2014  -14   Hunter Mahan    (Runners Up:   -12   Stuart Appleby, Jason Day, Cameron Tringale)  @Ridgewood Country Club

2013  -11   Adam Scott    (Runners Up:   -10   Graham DeLaet, Justin Rose, Gary Woodland, Tiger Woods)   @Liberty National Golf Club

 

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2018 Wyndham Championship

THE OVERVIEW

Sedgewick Country Club (Ross Course), Greensboro, North Carolina – The tour moves on to North Carolina for the final event of the season. Last week was a fabulous one for golf, and saw bigger-than-average-TV-viewership ratings due to Tiger Woods competing on Sunday at the PGA Championship. This week, the field is a little less thrill-inducing, but should still provide plenty of entertainment.

The tour is stopping at Sedgewick Country Club where the Donald Ross course will be set up for the pros to show off their stuff. It should be a pure birdie fest with the winning score near 20 under par or better . The track will play as a 7,127-yard par 70 and shouldn’t be too big of an advantage for the long-off-the-tee types (last year Henrik Stenson won without ever putting his driver in his bag). The course features an all-Bermuda grass layout with …. and small, undulating greens.

This week we’ll be looking at SG: Approach, SG: Putting, and some proximity numbers in the 150-200 range.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -22   Henrik Stenson    (Runner Up:   -21   Ollie Schniederjans)

2016   -21   Si Woo Kim   (Runner Up:   -16   Luke Donald)

2015  -17   Davis Love III    (Runner Up:   -16   Jason Gore)

2014  -17   Camilo Villegas    (Runners Up:   -16   Bill Haas, Fredrick Jaconson)

2013  -14   Patrick Reed    (Runner Up, Playoff:   Jordan Spieth)

 

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2018 PGA Championship

THE OVERVIEW

Bellerive Country Club, Town and Country, Missouri – The tour arrives in Town and Country, Missouri this week for the final major of the year. Bellerive Country Club isn’t often visited by the tour, but it has been the site of some notable events in the past. Gary Player won the 1965 U.S. Open at Bellerive, Nick Price won the 1992 PGA Championship on this course, and Camillo Villegas won the 2005 BMW Championship here. It has been noted by other pundits that not a single American name is on that list of past winners.

This week Bellerive will play as a 7,317 yard par 70. By most accounts the set up will be conducive to a bomb and gouge approach. So, the bigger hitters will have some advantage. However, the farther a player wants to play off the tee, the more trouble will come into play. And many experts have suggested that accuracy and approach should be favored over strictly lengthy hitters.

The course features a rare Zoysia mix in the fairways, which will have 25-to-30-yard-wide landing areas, tall and nasty-nasty-nasty fescue rough, and massive bentgrass green complexes (averaging 7500 square feet in area) which have been burned out around the edges by the heat and lack of moisture this summer.

We’ll be looking at some Driving Distance, Driving Accuracy, SG: Approach, and Proximity numbers stats wise, but for picks this week, it being the last major of the year and all, we’ll mostly be going with our overall gut feels.

PAST WINNERS

2017  -8   Justin Thomas    (Runners Up:   -6   Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed)  @ Quail Hollow Club

2016    -14   Jimmy Walker   (Runner Up:   -13   Jason Day)  @ Baltusrol Golf Club

2015  -20   Jason Day    (Runner Up:   -17   Jordan Spieth)  @Whistling Straights

2014  -16   Rory McIlroy    (Runner Up:   -15   Phil Mickelson)  @ Valhalla Golf Club

2013  -10   Jason Dufner    (Runner Up:   -8   Jim Furyk)  @  Oak Hill Country Club

 

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2018 WGC Bridgestone Invitational

THE OVERVIEW

Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, Ohio – The elites are in Ohio this week and at Firestone Golf and Country Club for perhaps the last time after fifty some odd years (it will be heading to Memphis, Tennessee starting in 2019). Firestone is a bit of a beast and will play the same this week as in year’s past as a long par 70 at  7,400 yards. The track features narrow fairways, a decent spattering of big, mature trees, and narrow fairways. However, the players in this field will still be able to score.

The story this week, of course, is Tiger Woods, who has won eight times at Firestone. It will be a tough call whether or not to fade the GOAT here this week as there will be a significant number of experts who make him one of their picks.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -16   Hideki Matsuyama  (Runner Up:   -11   Zach Johnson)

2016  -6   Dustin Johnson  (Runner Up:   -5   Scott Piercy)

2015  -11   Shane Lowry   (Runner Up:   -9   Bubba Watson)  

2014  -15   Rory McIlroy  (Runner Up:   -13   Sergio Garcia)

 

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2018 Barracuda Championship

THE OVERVIEW

Montreaux Golf & Country Club, Reno, Nevada – The PGA moves west for one summer week to the Montreaux Golf and Country Club in beautiful Reno, Nevada. The course is a Jack Nicklaus design and will play as a 7,472 yard par 72. The course winds through lakes and waterfalls and features tree-lined fairways, bentgrass/poa greens, and the memorably testy 8th hole, which is a 636-yard, par 5. Number 8 is long, but it is also straight, and although it presents a lot of trouble, two good shots can result in eagle.

The field is a bit lighter due to the in concurrent WGC event being held this week, but don’t doubt that there is a ton of talent looking to compete in Nevada.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017    Chris Stroud  (Runners Up, Playoff:  Greg Owen, Richy Werenski)

2016    Greg Chalmers  (Runner Up:  Gary Woodland)

2015    J.J. Henry   (Runner Up, Playoff:   -16   Kyle Reifers)   

 

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