Learn about the course for the Byron Nelson Championship and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for PGA DFS.
Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, PGA DFS Stream
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event:
Event: Byron Nelson Championship
Dates: Thursday May 13th through Sunday May 16th
Course: TPC Craig Ranch (Texas)
Field: 156 players
Cut: 65 and ties
Past Winners: N/A; first year hosting PGA Tour event
- Thursday/Friday: 3:30-6:30pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Saturday/Sunday: 1-3 pm EST (Golf Channel), 3pm-6pm EST (CBS) plus PGA Tour Live
- TPC Craig Ranch plays just beyond 7,400 yards. It’s unclear as of me writing this (Sunday PM) whether the tournament will be played as a par 71 or 72. The 12th hole plays at 492 yards and have heard reports that they may play it at the 472 tee as a par 4. Either way, this shouldn’t really affect our handicapping since its essentially the same hole. For purposes of the rest of the article, we will assume par 72.
- The course features:
- 4 Par 5s (569, 564, 493 and 552 yards)
- 4 Par 3s (219, 232, 216 and 171 yards)
- 10 Par 4s:
- <400 yards: 2
- 400-449 yards: 2
- 450+ yards: 6
- Off the Tee:
- This week distance is a big help off the tee as the landing areas are wide and the course is long (6 par 4s over 450 yards). Players who drive the ball far will have shorter shots into the greens and can easily reach all of the par 5s in 2.
- Approach Shots:
- This will be the most important stat of the week. In particular, you will see a large number of approach shots from 150+ yards. All 4 par 3s fall into this bucket plus most of the par 5s will be reachable. Add to that the fact that we have 6 par 4s over 450 yards and that means a lot higher number of approaches from beyond 150 yards than a normal week.
- Note: This time of year in Texas we typically see high winds which could affect scoring heavily so check the forecast closer to event starting.
- The greens this week are bentgrass greens that will run about PGA Tour average. So nothing special really needed with putting this week.
- Around the Green:
- With the approach shots being longer than normal and the chance for heavy wind, we typically see more greens missed in regulation than a normal event. As such, there are extra chances to gain shots on the field. So slight increased importance to around the green this week.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- The path to victory this week is eerily similar to last week at Quail Hollow.
- I see one clear path to victory at this course:
- Long driver with above average mid to long iron game who has an above average short game. Length trumps accuracy off the tee this week.
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Driving Distance
- Strokes Gained Off the Tee
- Strokes Gained Approach (largest emphasis 150+ yards)
- Strokes Gained Around the Green
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Putting
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and DFS Stream.