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.
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