Recap of Last Week:
Dustin Johnson put on one hell of a show for the first PGA event of 2018. DJ crushed the field winning the event by 8 strokes over Rahm. Looking back at last weeks article DJ was mentioned in one key takeaway from the course profile- efficiency on Par 4’s over 500 yards. I went back and looked at his score on the 3 holes that fit that length and was surprised to see that he played those holes +1 over 4 rounds. Nothing to write home about and certainly not the reason DJ finished 24 under par for the week. What it seemed to come down to for DJ last week was some incredible putting when he needed it, particularly in the final round where he gained 1.5 strokes on the field with his putting.
On the opposite end of the spectrum we find Brooks Koepka who, according to our on-site reporter Jason, was clearly not 100%. That happens sometimes and without any news of a player being injured, sick, or otherwise distracted the statistical process is going to disappoint. Don’t let these things deter you and trust the process!
Guys the article nail: J. Rahm, H. Matsuyama, B. Harman, R. Fowler, D. Berger, J. Spieth, and C. Stroud all finished inside the top 11. Not too bad for the first week out!
Onto the Sony Open
Ah, so here we are at the first full field event of the 2018 PGA season. This week 144 golfers make their way Honolulu, HI for the Sony Open at Waialea Country Club. Despite missing last week’s winner, this field will see 15 of the top 50 golfers in OWGR. Don’t forget to check out The First Cut for more details about the course as well as how weather can impact scoring! This article will set out to focus on breaking down the course and determine some key stats to focus on as well as all the approach shots that the players will face. With a full field, let’s make sure we narrow down our player pool appropriately and weed out those guys who should be at the top of the leaderboard come Sunday. Let’s dig in!
Holes 1-3 Approach Distance:
1) 175-200 yards
2) 125-150 yards
3) 125-150 yards
Holes 1 and 2, over a 5-year average, have seen almost 20% of scores over par! What that tells me is we want to ensure players we roster are capable of getting it close to the hole from the approach distances above.
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