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Yahoo Golf Talk: Corales Championship

by Josh Culp
Updated On: September 23, 2020, 1:43 pm ET

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 Stroud
Mackenzie Hughes
Charley Hoffman
Pat Perez
Chris Baker
Denny McCarthy
Will Zalatoris
Roger Sloan
Henrik Norlander
Charles Howell III

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. 


Paspalum Performance

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. 

However, we have seen and heard time and time again that some golfers just really love this grass. Pat Perez, Graeme McDowell, and Seamus Power are three that come to mind. 

Looking at the last two years of results, here are the golfers with the most total strokes gained on courses with paspalum greens: 

Graeme McDowell
Brice Garnett
Pat Perez
Vaughn Taylor
Aaron Baddeley
Emiliano Grillo
Thomas Detry
Matthew NeSmith
C.T. Pan
Chris Stroud
Vincent Whaley
Jhonattan Vegas
Sean O'Hair
Adam Long
Bo Hoag

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! 

Josh Culp

Josh Culp joined NBC Sports Edge in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.