While the celebrities are lining up at Austin Country Club, a second-tier area is pegging it this week within the Dominican Republic.
It’s our first run-it-back occasion of the season, with the primary Corales Championship already happening final September. It was the third occasion of the brand new season. We will see one other repeat occasion in two weeks when the TOUR heads again to Augusta National.
But for now, let’s leap again to the Corales and break down the course, climate, and area.
This week’s area will likely be set to 132 golfers. That is 12 fewer than the September version. The first working was not an alternate-field occasion which explains the distinction.
The match did a great job (once more) of attracting some sturdy sponsor invitations. That record contains Thomas Detry, Thomas Pieters, Lucas Herbert, Andy Ogletree, Justin Suh, Fabrizio Zanotti, and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Corales Golf Club is a younger course that was designed by Tom Fazio in 2010. It was used twice on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier than getting the bump as much as the massive leagues.
This coastal structure options extraordinarily extensive touchdown areas off the tee. Golfers averaged greater than 70 % fairways hit within the first two TOUR occasions performed right here. It was extra of the identical in September with the sector averaging 70.75 % of fairways hit.
The penalty for lacking a fairway is comparatively small, so that offers you loads of choices when it comes to technique off the tee. This par 72 can stretch out to 7,670 yards however a giant chunk of that comes on the par-5 twelfth and pat-5 14th that are each over 620 yards. Overall, you needn’t pound loads of drivers right here however it’s an possibility for many who need to play extra aggressively.
In a means that lowers the significance of driver right here as a result of there is no such thing as a requirement to be lenghty off the tee and massive misses aren’t closely punished. It turns right into a second-shot course the place nice iron play can lead you to the highest of the board. Of course, climate can decide simply how dialed in you may get these irons.
There are six oceanside holes on the course and wind can turn into an element.
If the wind begins to whip, then give a protracted look to the short-game wizards.
For grass, golfers will see paspalum turf which is widespread in these tropical environments. The greens often run on the gradual aspect in comparison with most TOUR occasions, round 10.5 toes on the stimp.
Sifting by means of some previous quotes, let’s attempt to break down the course to see the way it will play.
Jhonattan Vegas: “When you go to grasses like this, like Paspalum that it’s slower and you have the wind, it’s hard to commit mentally to make sure that you hit it hard enough to get it to the hole. So it takes some adjustment. That’s kind of why you tend to see a lot of guys this week on the putting greens kind of getting adjusted to that speed”
Scott Harrington: “off the tee it’s not super demanding, the fairways are pretty generous. I feel as kind of a longer player I can kind of let it rip a little bit. Greens you can be really aggressive on. I mean, they’re sloped, but like where all the pins are, if you get it kind of inside 15 feet, really the putts don’t have a lot of movement so you can be really aggressive with your putter.”
Matt Jones: “The fairways are pretty wide here so you should have a lot of iron shots out of fairways, and if you can control your irons”
Paul Dunne: “It’s one of the widest courses I think we’ll ever play, so a couple loose drives that would normally cost me I can get away with here. And it’s tricky around the greens, which plays into my strengths.”
Dominic Bozzelli: “On this type of grass, the ball kind of sticks where it lands. I found it a little easier to dial-in your irons when it does that.”
Justin Hueber: “Honestly, you can hit it wherever you want off the tee. I’m swinging hard, trying to hit it as far down there as I can. Try to get as many shorter irons.”
Overview: Golfers speak about extensive fairways and gradual greens.
Looking at grass sorts, geography, course attributes, and previous efficiency, listed below are a number of programs/occasions that I feel may show to be a great pointer this week:
El Camaleon (Mayakoba)
Grand Reserve CC (Puerto Rico Open)
Pebble Beach Pro-Am Rota
The most important theme this week is coastal programs with an emphasis on strategy play or quick sport.
Thursday: Sunny with a excessive of 84 levels. Winds at 15 to twenty MPH.
Friday: Partly Cloudy with a excessive of 83 levels. Winds at 15 to twenty MPH.
It seems to be like winds are going to be a critical issue this week with the forecast displaying 15+ MPH on all 4 days.
Golfers to Watch
He handled some again troubles on the West Coast however he is been strong when wholesome. Hoffman has gained 4.8 or extra strokes on strategy in three straight begins. He has a win at one of many correlated venues, El Camaleon. He’s additionally been recognized to excel in Texas over the course of his profession, so we all know he can deal with the wind.
He landed roughly 6 extra greens than the sector throughout the September Corales and that is been his recipe for fulfillment for some time now. He’s pelted extra greens per spherical, in comparison with the sector, in 16 of his final 17 occasions performed. If you need lean towards ball-striking this week, Grillo is a superb possibility on the prime.
If you are questioning why Detry retains getting an invitation to this occasion, it could be connection to the world. “I came over here actually after the World Cup, I came over here on holiday. A lot of Belgians have houses around here, and my uncle as well. So we came here, had a lot of fun by the beach, playing golf in the afternoon before the sunset. Yeah, I played this golf course pretty much every day.” He arrives with prime 10s in two of his final 4 worldwide begins.
Speaking of Belgians, this large hitter simply missed out on the WGC-Match Play (at the moment 76th within the OWGR). He had an harm over the vacations however has proven no indicators of it slowing him down with a 5-for-5 report since returning together with three straight prime 15s (Saudi International, Puerto Rico Open, Qatar Masters). He’s confirmed his profitable potential with 4 profession victories on the European Tour.
He had a standout novice profession however obtained injured proper after turning professional. He performed by means of the harm and it actually confirmed within the outcomes. He’s discovered his well being once more and the outcomes have flipped, touchdown prime 40s in 5 of his final six PGA TOUR occasions. That features a T14 at this occasion in September.
The very first thing I do when the TOUR heads to a course with Paspalum is verify whether or not or not PP is within the area. Perez has three profession wins and two of them have come on paspalum (2017 Mayakoba, 2018 CIMB Classic). What did he say after profitable that occasion? “It’s actually not even the course that suits my eye, it’s the greens. Mayakoba, where I won, has the same greens and I putted better than anybody there, too. So I don’t know what it is. It’s the grass.”
Ranking the Field
1. Charley Hoffman
2. Emiliano Grillo
3. Justin Suh
4. Sepp Straka
5. Charles Howell III
6. Brandon Wu
7. Brice Garnett
8. Jhonattan Vegas
9. Thomas Detry
10. Thomas Pieters
11. Stephan Jaeger
12. Charles Howell III
13. Lee Hodges
14. Joel Dahmen
15. Luke List
16. Adam Schenk
17. Taylor Pendrith
18. Nate Lashley
19. Pat Perez
20. Will Gordon