Learn about this week’s PGA course for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for 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 Video w/ Frank and I
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer lineup questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event:
Event: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Dates: Thursday, October 8th through Sunday, October 11th
Course: TPC Summerlin
Field: 144 players
Cut: 65 and ties
Past Winners: Na (2019), Dechambeau (2018), Cantlay (2017), Pampling (2016)
- Thursday-Friday: 4pm-8pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Saturday-Sunday: 5pm-8pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- TPC Summerlin is a par 71 measuring just beyond 7,200 yards that features three par 5s, four par 3s and 11 par 4s.
- Par 5s (559, 585, 536): birdie or better rate of 48% on par 5s so you will need to take advantage of these holes. Historically, scoring per hole is 45% more important on par 5s than par 3s or 4s on this course. What does that mean? Par 5s are how the leaders end up distinguishing themselves from the field.
- Par 3s (183, 254, 170, 199)
- Par 4s: Varying yardages from driveable to 486 yards
- The course plays easy as the winning score in 13 of the last 16 years has been at least -20
- Off the Tee:
- One big thing to note off the tee this week is that we are at elevation (about half a mile) which means that balls will travel about 3% further. This means that a 7,200 yard golf course will play more like a 7,000 yard course.
- There is not much of an edge to be had on this course off the tee as it only accounts for 15% of the strokes gained historically by top finishers.
- Approach Shots:
- This will be an important area this week especially since all 3 par 5s will be reachable.
- Since off the tee doesn’t matter as much, everyone will have approach shots into the green.
- Accounts for 40% of strokes gained amongst top finishers
- The greens this week are bent grass and Tour average speed which means we should see a lot of putts made
- Putting is the 2nd most important stat this week behind approach play as it accounts for 35% of strokes gained.
- Around the Green:
- We typically see a larger number of greens hit in regulation here compared to a normal Tour event. As such, there is a decreased importance on around the green game as that only accounts for about 10% of strokes gained per round.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- There are 2 paths to victory at this course:
- Elite irons
- Elite putter
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Approach
- Strokes Gained Putting
- Par 5 Scoring
- All 3 of the par 5s will be reachable
- Birdies or Better
- Winning score will be -20 or better so birdies will need to be made
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained off the Tee
- Strokes Gained around the green
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and PGA DFS Video with Frank and I.