The week after a major championship generally provides a laidback atmosphere and this week is no different. The TOUR heads to the Dominican Republic for some resort relaxation and a bit of golf as well.
The Corales Golf Club will host their fifth professional tournament with the first two editions played as Korn Ferry events.
With that history and we dive into some of the results and quotes from golfers to see what style of golf should fare well here. Let's jump right in.
Fairway to Pin
Corales Golf Club has some of the widest fairways so driving ability somewhat takes a backseat this week. Extra distance never hurts but even the shorter hitters will be in position to attack from the farirways on most holes this week.
Let's take a look at recent play (12 rounds), look at strokes-gained data but remove off-the-tee from the equation. I'm not saying that driving is completely useless this week but golfers that excel in the other sub-categories will likely enjoy the coastal challenge this week:
Chris Baker ($20) is a smart man. We know this because he attended Iowa State University. He's also fully dialed in with his irons right now. Looking at the last 12 rounds from each golfer, Baker actually leads the field in strokes gained approach (+14 SG:APP). That's a skill that should be very useful on a course that is going to give him lots of chances to be aggressive with his irons.
This week's course features paspalum turf which is common in coastal areas but not so common for PGA TOUR events. There are a couple of tournaments each year that use it but even if you aggregate PGA TOUR, Euro Tour, and Korn Ferry Tour results, nobody has played more than 25 competitive rounds on it, over the last two years.
Looking at the last two years of results, here are the golfers with the most total strokes gained on courses with paspalum greens:
Thomas Detry ($41) doesn't have the best per-round performance on paspalum, or even the highest total strokes gained on paspalum. What he does have is the highest amount of rounds played on paspalum, over the last two years (25 competitive rounds). He may get overlooked due to the lofty price tag this week but he's shown the ability to get himself in contention quite frequently. Most of those great finishes are overseas on the Euro Tour but 15 worldwide top 10s since the start of 2018 is nothing to sneeze at. Don't be afraid to skip some of the PGA TOUR names at the top to get a lower-owned Detry into your lineup build.
Hopefully these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!