TPC River Highlands Course Preview

First off, congrats to Brooks Koepka for winning back to back US Opens.  It was pretty cool to see good friends in DJ and BK as the second to last group on Sunday, Brooks is just on another level with these US Open tracks. After the turn there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that anyone was catching him as he was striking the ball so well. FleetGOAT also had himself an incredible Sunday, his time is coming for a major.  On to the Travelers Championship.

This week takes us to TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.  The course comes in at 6,841 yards as a Par 70.  This seems like your local country club yardage.  Definitely one of the shorter courses on the PGA Tour, TPC River Highlands will create a fun birdie fest.  With only 2 par 5’s on the course, it will be important for the players to take advantage of the Par 4’s.  There is also a Par 4 coming in at 296 yards.  This should be fun watching players take their 3 woods out to reach the green.  The course went under a redesign back in the 80’s by none other than Pete Dye.  There are plenty of bunkers surrounding the greens so hitting the greens will be important.  There is also plenty of water on holes 15-17 that players will need to avoid.  The greens are played on bentgrass greens and are relatively easy.  This should help out the poor putters.

Past Winners

2017 Jordan Spieth
2016 Russell Knox
2015 Bubba Watson
2014 Kevin Streelman
2013 Ken Duke
2012 Marc Leishman

Weather

With the exception of a few storms, the weather looks to be okay as the wind will be low.  There doesn’t appear to be any advantage in any of the tee times.  However, this can change and we will be sure to keep you updated.

Key Statistics

SG: Tee to Green: Ball striking will be important this week.  With holes 15-17 having plenty of water, we want the golfers that are strong off the tee and dialed in on their approach shots to avoid any hazards.  We also mentioned the number of sand traps on this course. We want the players that will be dialed in on their approach shots.  Around the green play will be relevant to limit the big numbers posted from missed greens.

Par 4 Scoring: Both of the Par 5’s on course play under par so I don’t believe there is much advantage in targeting the Par 5 Scorers as most of the golfers should be able to post at least birdies here.  However, the Par 4’s are where we can gain an edge on the top golfers in this category.  These holes will be important to avoid any big numbers.  Several other of the Par 4’s play over par so we want to target the guys playing par or better on these holes to gain strokes on the rest of the field.

Birdie or Better %:  The winning score has posted at least 12 under par or better the last 5 years.  We want those birdie makers to pad the stats for our lineups rather than playing par golf.  The more scoring the better.

Greens in Regulation %:  With the hazards surrounding many of the greens, we want to hit as many greens as possible. This will limit the need for our players to scramble to save par.  The more greens our players hit, the less we have to sweat.


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