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Course Walk-through:

An adaptation of the Yardage book, this article will focus on a quick hole by hole summary, and the important key yardage statistic for the Approach…I will then highlight the top players in the field from those categories, and who’s doing well recently from those yardages.

**Note:Leaders in these yardages are derived from proximity to the hole, which simply means, how far you are from the hole after your approach shot.

 

Course: Glen Abbey GC

Yardage: 7,250

Par:72                                               

 

**Note: Yardages may change based on Tee placements, but these should be relatively standard. Also, there are extremes at both ends of the driving distance spectrum (just think about DJ vs. Steve Stricker) but this should be indicative of MOST of the field. ***I went back to the Barbosol for recent unless there wasn’t enough then I went back to John Deere.

 

Player Focus Recap-  Each week I’ll try and highlight a few names that the list provided. Last week surprisingly, Kevin Na and Rickie Fowler led the way with 20 tags.  Jordan Spieth was third with 15 tags. Finau earned 14 Hun-An with 13 rounded out guys with double digits. Only Hun-AN suffered a missed cut, which I should have seen from his less than stellar performance at the Scottish.

 

  1. Par 4, 417 yards: One of the easiest holes on the course this short par features a bunker left about 260 off the tee, and a bunker up around 310 on the right hand side. Most approaches will come from the 125-150 for shorter hitters and 125-100 for the longer ones.
    • Yearly 125-150: Cambpell, reavie, lamb, Villegas, palmer
    • Recent 125-150: Alker, Collins, tringale, Hoffman, Finau
  1. Par 5, 530 Yards: This short par 5 yields plenty of eagles through out the week. There is no trouble off the tee here, and most golfers will make birdie or better. Last year there just about the same number of birdies as pars. A -2 or even -3 start is not out of the question. Approaches will come from the 200-250.
    • Yearly- 200-250: stegmaier, woodland, cejka, swafford, lindhelm
    • Recent-200-250: Hagy, Alker, Barber, Martin , Brown
  1. Par 4, 440: The third hole features a bunk about 250-260 off the tee, but other than there is barley any trouble on it. Most approaches will come from the 100-125 area, with the shorter hitters coming in from the 125-150 area.
    • Yearly 100-125: Piercy, Furyk, DJ, Campbell, Hadwin
    • Recent 100-125: Hagy, Alker, Lindhelm, Armor.

 

  1. Par 3, 200 Yards: Guarded by water short, this medium length par 3 will be the first challenging hole for the golfers.
    • Yearly 200-225: stegmaier, woodland, cejka, swafford, lindhelm
    • Recent 200-225: Hagy, Alker, Barber, Martin, Brown
  1. Par 4, 440 Yards: Another medium length par 4 here on the front side, features a bunk just perfectly place in the 280-landing zone of most golfers. Stroke average was just above par here so the hole plays as one of the more difficult ones on this front side. Approaches will come from 125-175.
    • Yearly 150-175: Garrigus, Stallings, Lahiri, Lee, Kirk.
    • Recent 150-175: garrigus, Barnes, eitulan, barber, yul-Noh
  1. Par 4, 460 Yards: A bit more challenging again is the tee shot requires a bit of accuracy. A water hazard checks in on the right hand side, but about 320 off the tee, but more prevalent is the bunker down the right side at around 270 yards. Most approaches will be in the 160-180 range so we will go with the 150-175.
    • Yearly 150-175: Garrigus, Stallings, Lahiri, Lee, Kirk.
    • Recent 150-175: garrigus, Barnes, eitulan, barber, yul-Noh
  1. Par 3, 160 Yards: Another par 3 with all water carry. This one though is a bit shorter playing around the 160 mark. 10 balls found the water a couple years back.
    • Yearly 150-175: Garrigus, Stallings, Lahiri, Lee, Kirk.
    • Recent 150-175: garrigus, Barnes, eitulan, barber, yul-Noh
  1. Par 4, 485 Yards: The longest of the 4’s on the front side is a long 485 yard par 4 that has a perfectly place bunker down the left hand side. Comes into play around the 270 mark. Most golfers will have a 175-200 yard shot into here. Not much trouble off the tee here other than the aforementioned bunker.
    • Yearly 175-200 Garrigus/Poston/Herman/Fritsch/Lamb
    • Recent 175-200 Garrigus, every, flores, Collins, Etuilan
  1. Par 4, 420 Yards- A positional hole as the fairway stops about 270 yards out. There’s also 2 bunkers up the right side at 250 and 270 that will defintley come into play. A total of 60 balls found the right hand bunkers over the 4 days and only 13 of them reached the green. Believe it or not the longer hitters actually are at a disadvantage on this hole. Look for most aporahces to come from the 150-175 range.
    • Yearly 150-175: Garrigus, Stallings, Lahiri, Lee, Kirk.
    • Recent 150-175: garrigus, Barnes, eitulan, barber, yul-Noh

 

  1. Par 4, 445 yards: A string of fairway bunkers down the right hand side will force many to stay left. There really isn’t much trouble other than that, and most guys will be able to have a full go at this. Look for the majority of shots to come from the 125-150 range, with lower hitters coming in the 150-175 range.
    1. Yearly 125-150: Cambpell, reavie, lamb, Villegas, palmer
    2. Recent 125-150: Alker, Collins, tringale, Hoffman, Finau

 

  1. Par 4, 450: A positional hole as the green is guarded by bunkers and a river that runs across short. Not reachable from the tee, but will impede their second shot quite a bit. There’s also bunkers down the right hand side that will defintley come into play. Most approaches 125-150
    • Yearly 125-150: Cambpell, reavie, lamb, Villegas, palmer
    • Recent 125-150: Alker, Collins, tringale, Hoffman, Finau

 

  1. Par 3, 202 Yards: Just another par 3 with water involved.
    • Yearly 200-225: stegmaier, woodland, cejka, swafford, lindhelm
    • Recent 200-225: Hagy, Alker, Barber, Martin , Brown

 

  1. Par 5, 558 Yards: The first of 3 par 5’s in the finishing 6 holes,  this one only had 5 eagles in 2015. It honestly is very split on who goes for it and who lays up. We’ll focus on the <100 yard shot in terms of key approach.
    • yearly <100 yards: every, kraft, gay, reifers, piercy
    • recent <100 yards: every, choi, armor, gay
  1. Par 450 Yards: The toughest hole on the course is nestled in between 2 par 5’s and a par 3, and bodes to a stroke average over par. Over 35 balls found the water from the tee and will be treacherous for some. It lines he entire right side of the hole, so its really in play for every golfer. Approaches from 150-175
    • Yearly 150-175: Garrigus, Stallings, Lahiri, Lee, Kirk.
    • Recent 150-175: garrigus, Barnes, eitulan, barber, yul-Noh
  1. Par 3, 140 yards:  Shortest hole on the course with bunkers guarding the front and back of the greens.
    • Yearly 125-150: Cambpell, reavie, lamb, Villegas, palmer
    • Recent 125-150: Alker, Collins, tringale, Hoffman, Finau

 

  1. Par, 516 Yards: Well I know not all par 5’s are made equal, but for tour players, this seems like a bit of a joke. Ton’s of eagles, maybe upwards of 20, will be had here. Approaches will come from the 200-250 range:
    • Yearly- 200-250: stegmaier, woodland, cejka, swafford, lindhelm
    • Recent-200-250: Hagy, Alker, Barber, Martin , Brown
  2. Par 4, 440 Yards: Another difficult hole with bunkers guarding both sides of the fairway. Carrying the bunkers on the right shouldn’t be a problem, but it’ll be the left bunkers that come into play. Approaches from 125-150
    • Yearly 125-150: Cambpell, reavie, lamb, Villegas, palmer
    • Recent 125-150: Alker, Collins, tringale, Hoffman, Finau

 

  1. Par 5, 524 Yards: Another short par 5 here, but at least this one is guarded by a big lake infront of the green. Still over 30 eagles were had here in years past, yup 30. Approaches to come from mostly from 175-200.
    • Yearly 175-200 Garrigus/Poston/Herman/Fritsch/Lamb
    • Recent 175-200 Garrigus, every, flores, Collins, Etuilan

The Tally:

Let’s see where most of the approach shots will be coming from

  • <100 yards- 1 for the bombers that’s it.
  • 100-125 Yards- 1
  • 125-150 yards- 6
  • 150-175 yards- 5
  • 175-200 yards- 2
  • 200-225- 2
  • 225-250- 2

The Tags:

Garrigus-14

Alker-11

Lamb- 7

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed the second rendition of “Walking the Course”. When the information is available this article will be written! Want a bit more on the course? Be sure to read Tee-2-green First Cut where @grantbushman highlights some very important factors to consider! Hope you all enjoyed and good luck this week!