Good morning. Several of the touts that I follow are betting Brooks to win this week. It looks like he has new Srixon irons in the bag and is talking like he plans to compete this week even though it’s not a major. I’m not buying it – he started the week at +1800 to +2000, 2nd or 3rd favorite in the sports books. I’m not taking Brooks or P-Reed this week. (see my card below)
The Stadium Course at PGA West was the 10th easiest course on Tour in 2016 and the 20th easiest Course in 2017. The par 72 Pete Dye course will be around 7200 yards with four par 3s, four par 5s, and 10 par 4s. The par 5s are much longer and more difficult than the other courses. The par 5s here are notoriously difficult to reach in two. The fairways are average in size and gets narrow near the landing areas. The rough is light but golfers will have to deal with bunkers and a lot of water is in play on wayward drives and approaches. If golfers miss wildly off the tee and are able to avoid the water and bunkers, they will have to deal with dormant grass which will be similar to the rough but will be less lush and a bit more patchy. The greens are small with trouble all over the place. There are island greens, 200 yard carries over water on par 3s, and enormously deep bunkers. The greenside bunker on 16 is over TWENTY FEET deep. If you remember a few years ago, Mickelson on Sunday hit it into the bunker on 16 and couldn’t get his first attempt over the lip, costing him a chance at catching the leaders. The last three holes on this course are tough with the bunkers on 16, an island green on 17 (called Alcatraz), and a tough par 4 with water on 18. Golfers will need to hit their spots and be as accurate as possible on their approach shots to succeed at this course.
The Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West is a 7,200 yard, par 72 course with four par 3s, four par 5s, and 10 par 4s. All the par 5s will be reachable by most golfers. The course has hosted PGA Tour Qualifying Tournaments and a 59 has been shot here in tournament play in the past. This course is not very difficult as it was the second easiest course on Tour four years ago and was the 11th easiest course on Tour three years ago even though weather conditions weren’t great. The fairways will be average to large in width with many bunkers and water in play off the tee on many holes. The greens will be undulating, multi tiered, and on the large side with bunkers and water surrounding most greens. Like the other course, the greens will be bermudagrass with a stimpmeter rating of around 11.
Your Hack’s Betting Card for AmEx
|Wolff>Na & Finau||1.00||175|
As you can see, I’m going with some more longer odds in this week’s card. Wish me luck. Remember, Landry was the 2020 winner – talk about a longshot!