Multiple formats pose multiple questions each week but I have multiple answers to keep you in the loop.
Now it’s time to rely on the studs that have been left in the stable to get out there and do what they do!
The craziest stat I heard this week was that the last nine FEC Playoff events were won by 20-somethings.
That’t can’t be true!
2014 DBC: Chris Kirk
2014 BMW: Billy Horschel
2014 Tour Championship: Billy Horschel
2015 Barclays: Jason Day
2015 DBC: Rickie Fowler
2015 BMW: Jason Day
2015 Tour Championship: Jordan Spieth
2016 Barclays: Patrick Reed
2016 DBC: Rory McIlroy
Yep, it is!
I spent a few hours at Crooked Stick today and here’s what I’ve learned:
It’s dry. I mean really dry so I don’t think the rain on the weekend is going to bother unless it’s multiple inches. That SHOULD help the shorter knockers get it running down the fairway but at the same time will allow the power players even more juice if they connect.
The new tee boxes will present interesting challenges if they play it all the way back but the key this week will be GIR. The greens are tiny and usually heavily bunkered and/or with water supporting. With four par fives though, it still should reward those who can eat them up. But, the par threes can have teeth depending on which set of tees are in play.
I’m still angling on the big players and big bombers to make the most noise. As it is EVERY week on Tour, there will be those who don’t fit the profile in contention as well so balance your rosters. I’d still, when in doubt, lean power player.
This is Dye’s first design and he’s rumored to still live off No. 5. His new changes will be put to the test this week but it should be a fair test for the world’s best.
There have been multiple winners in the FEC Playoffs the last four years so don’t count out Reed or Rors this week.
Don’t forget to check out all of the other BMW preview material as I’ve got stuff splattered all over that you’ll need to know.
Good luck chops!