Horses for Courses: CJ CUP @ SUMMIT

Just stay with me here, it’s not horses for THIS course, as it’s brand new to the TOUR, but horses for Tom’s courses! From Shadow Creek to Quail Hollow Club, we have some clues to follow on who enjoys a Tom Fazio layout.

Instead of a 13 hour flight to Korea it will be a 10 mile drive south for those who played last week at TPC Summerlin in week two of the Las Vegas Daily Double. The invitational field of 78 will tee it up at The Summit Club for the first time as they take on Tom Fazio’s 7,431 yard (Par-71) track perched above The Strip west of downtown.

The Summit Club will debut with a defense of elevation changes and perched greens. Water is in play on seven holes and there are 62 bunkers to avoid. Bermuda rough is over seeded with ryegrass and will play three inches and upward. Players will enjoy a ton of room to swing it off the tee (44 acres of fairway) and will have plenty of targets to aim for as the Dominator bentgrass greens are almost 6,600 square feet on average. The Par-72 is standard with four Par-5 holes and should be open for business in the scoring department. Bentgrass greens also mean plenty of true, aggressive putts to the hole.

This is the second consecutive CJ CUP in Las Vegas, thanks pandemic, and the second consecutive season on a Fazio track. Shadow Creek was the scene last year as Jason Kokrak, a frequent Las Vegas player, used his course knowledge to pick up his first TOUR win. He’s back to defend and according to reports he’s played The Summit Club more than once. On the line is a purse of $9.75 million with the winner taking home $1.755 million plus 500 FedExCup points.

Horses for Courses will be quite literal this week as The Summit Club is making its debut on TOUR. Instead I’ll look back at the recent Tom Fazio tracks, plural, used on TOUR recently and over time to try and find clues and angles for the players entered this week. We saw THREE Fazio courses in use for the first time on TOUR last season and can always default to his major redesigns such as Quail Hollow Club, or even Augusta National.

Recent Event Winners on Tom Fazio tracks

2020 Shadow Creek (Las Vegas)  CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK
7,527 yards – Par 72  NO CUT EVENT – Limited Field
Jason KokrakWin-20Led field with 26 Birdies; T1 GIR (55/72)
Xander Schauffele2nd-18Led by 3 after 36 holes (Hatton); Only need 102 putts
Tyrrell HattonT3-17First Round Leader (65); T1 GIR
Russell HenleyT3-1754 hole leader by 3 (-15); Top 10 Fwy/GIR/Putts
Talor Gooch5th-16Only made 3 bogeys, 1 double
Joaquin Niemann6th-13T1 GIR
Sebastian Munoz9th-11Only Gooch made less total bogeys
Harris English10th-10Posted 10-under, 12 back
Cameron Smith11th-9Closed 68-68
Matt FitzpatrickT12-8Top 10 Fwy/GIR but T41 Putts
Viktor HovlandT12-8T66 Fairways
Collin MorikawaT12-8Round 2 65 only round in the 60s
Ian PoulterT12-8T10 Fairways
Justin ThomasT12-8T47 Putting
Lowest Rounds   
Jaosn Kokrak 64Round 4
Xander Shauffele 64Round 3
Tyrrell Hatton 65Round 1 & Round 4
Talor Gooch 65Round 2
Collin Morikawa 65Round 2
2021 Congaree Golf Club (Ridgeland, South Carolina)  Palmetto Championship at Congaree
7,655 yards – Par 71  Full Field event – Cut 1-Over Par
Garrick HiggoWIN-11Not entered; 3rd GIR
Hudson SwaffordT2-103rd Fairways; T4 GIR
Tyrrell HattonT2-10Made 3 Eagles in Round 3
Matt FitzpatrickT10-8Played final 27 holes Bogey-free
Dustin JohnsonT10-8Trailed by 2 after 36 holes; 20 birdies T4
Erik van RooyenT10-8Round 1 65 personal best of the week
Harris EnglishT14-72nd after 54 holes on 10-under
Ian PoulterT25-5T6 Fairways
Tommy FleetwoodT35-3T14 Fairways; T18 GIR
Sungjae ImT35-3Made the cut on the number
Byeong Hun AnT52EOpened 67, closed 68
Lowest Rounds   
Wes Roach 64Not entered; Round 1
Ryan Armour 64Not entered; Round 4
Will Gordon 64Not entered; Round 4
Dustin Johnson 65Round 1
Erik van Rooyen 65Round 1
2021 Caves Valley (Owings Mills, Maryland)   BMW Championship
7,542 yards – Par 72  FedExCup Event No. 2 – Limited Field – No Cut
Patrick CantlayWin-27Not entered; 31 Birdies led the event; T2 GIR
Bryson DeChambeauP2-27Not entered; 4 EAGLES and T2 Putts per GIR
Sungae Im3rd-23T2 Fairways; T3 Putts; Worst round 67
Rory McIlroy4th-22Only player in the top 5 with a round of 70 or worse
Erik van Rooyen5th-21Made 1 Bogey
Sergio GarciaT6-20T4 Fairways; T2 GIR
Dustin JohnsonT6-20T2 27 Birdies
Sam Burns8th-19Shared First Round lead with 64
Abraham AncerT9-18Led field in Proximity
Alex NorenT9-18T2 GIR
Jon RahmT9-18T45 Fairways; T36 GIR
KH LeeT12-174th Strokes-Gained: Approach the Green
Webb SimpsonT12-173rd Strokes-Gained: Approach the Green
Harold Varner IIIT12-17Led field GIR
Tony FinauT15-16Only took 106 putts
Jason KokrakT15-16Tied best weekend total (131)
Lowest Rounds   
Bryson DeChambeau 60Not entered; Round 2
Patrick Cantlay 63Not entered; Round 2
Tony Finau 63Round 4
Rory McIlroy 64Round 1
Sam Burns 64Round 1
Jon Rahm 64Round 1
Louis Oosthuizen 64Round 3


Top golfers in each statistic on the PGA TOUR (thru 2021 season) are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week.

Strokes-Gained: Tee-to-Green 
2Collin Morikawa (member here)
3Justin Thomas
6Keegan Bradley
7Paul Casey
8Viktor Hovland
10Rory McIlroy
11Brooks Koepka
13Sergio Garcia
15Hideki Matsuyama
16Tony Finau
17Xander Schauffele
18Tyrrell Hatton
19Shane Lowry
20Russell Henley
21Scottie Scheffler
24Charley Hoffman
25Aaron Wise
27Louis Oosthiuzen
28Abraham Ancer
29Dustin Johnson
30Webb Simpson
Strokes-Gained: Putting 
1Louis Oosthuizen
3Ian Poulter
4Patrick Reed
6Jason Kokrak
9Sam Burns
10Cameron Smith
12Harris English
13Alex Noren
15Mackenzie Hughes
16Xander Schauffele
18Adam Scott
22Webb Simpson
25Brian Harman
25Patton Kizzire
28Dustin Johnson
29Abraham Ancer
32Kevin Kisner
33Jordan Spieth
36Justin Rose
38Matt Fitzpatrick
Par-5 Scoring Average 
1Cameron Smith
3Xander Schauffele
5Harris English
6Webb Simpson
7Brooks Koepka
7Sergio Garcia
11Sam Burns
13Louis Oosthuizen
13Dustin Johnson
13Max Homa
13Viktor Hovland
13Brian Harman
21Collin Morikawa
21Scottie Scheffler
21Carlos Ortiz
21Jordan Spieth
21Jason Kokrak
28Justin Thomas
30Sungjae Im
30Paul Casey
30Patton Kizzire
30Keegan Bradley
35Talor Gooch
35Tony Finau
35Patrick Reed
35Rory McIlroy
35Cameron Tringale


Quail Hollow Club (Charlotte)  Wells Fargo Championship
7,521 yards – Par 71  Full field event
Player (Cuts made/Starts)Top 10sMost recentNotes
Rory McIlroy (9/10)8Win (2021)3x winner; Posted rounds of 61 and 62
Abraham Ancer (1/2)12nd (2021)MC 2018
Keith Mitchell (3/3)2T3 (2021)T8 2019; T34 2018
Viktor Hovland (1/1)1T3 (2021)3 Rounds in the 60s
Gary Woodland (8/9)25 (2021)T4 2015
Patrick Reed (7/7)2T6 (2021)8th 2018; T32 or better 6 of 7
Max Homa (2/4)1Win (2019)MC, MC and T76 others
Justin Rose (6/8)33rd (2019)3rd previous visit 2016; 5th previous to 2016
Rickie Fowler (8/9)4T4 (2019)2012 winner
Sergio Garcia (8/9)2T4 (2019)First visit since 2013; T2 2005
Paul Casey (3/5)2T4 (2019)T5 2018; best 2 are last 2
Jhonattan Vegas (5/8)1T8 (2019)Cashed his last 5
Jason Day (4/5)2Win (2018)T9 2012
Aaron Wise (3/3)2T2 (2018)T9 2020, T18 2019
Emiliano Grillo (4/4)1T9 (2018)T14 2021
Charl Schwartzel (2/3)1T9 (2018)T14 2021
Lucas Glover (12/17)58th (2016)2011 winner; T2 2009
Webb Simpson (7/11)2T2 (2015)4th 2012
Justin Thomas (3/4)1T7 (2015)Won 2017 PGA Championship here
Kevin Streelman (4/10)2T9 (2015)T6 2013, T14 2014; no top 25 last 4
Stewart Cink (10/13)3T9 (2011)Cashed in his last six trips (T37 2020)
Eagle Point Golf Club (Wilmington, N.C.)  2017 Wells Fargo Championship
7,396 yards – Par 72  One-time host for WFC (PGA prep at Quail)
Selected PlayersPlaceScore 
Brian HarmanWin-10 
Dustin JohnsonT2-9 
Byeong Hun AnT8-6 
Paul CaseyT12-5 
Patrick ReedT12-5 
Xander SchauffeleT24-3 
Robert StrebT24-3 
Shane LowryT24-3 
Conway Farms Golf Club (Lake Forest, IL)  BMW Championship
7,396 yards – Par 72  Host 2017, 2015 and 2013
Select Players Entered This Week   
Marc LeishmanWin-23 
Rickie FowlerT2-18 
Justin RoseT2-18 
Jason Day4th-16 
Jordan SpiethT7-13 
Tony FinauT7-13 
Webb SimpsonT9-12 
Sergio GarciaT12-11 
Brooks KoepkaT12-11 
Lucas GloverT12-11 
Cameron SmithT12-11 
Xander SchauffeleT20-10 
Jason DayWin-22 
Rickie FowlerT4-14 
Rory McIlroyT4-14 
Dustin JohnsonT7-13 
Hideki MatsuyamaT7-13 
Cameron TringaleT7-13 
Kevin NaT10-12 
Justin RoseT13-11 
Jordan SpiethT13-11 
Justin ThomasT13-11 
Harris EnglishT19-10 
Louis OosthuizenT19-10 
Zach JohnsonWin-16 
Jason DayT4-11 
Matt JonesT8-10 
Charl SchwartzelT810 
Keegan BradleyT16-7 
Jordan SpiethT16-7 
Sergio GarciaT18-5 
Gary WoodlandT18-5 

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