We enter the 3rd leg of the playoffs this week with the 2013 BMW Championship. Henrik Stenson picked up a well deserved victory two weeks ago and will look to continue his drive towards a Fed Ex Cup Championship this week in Lake Forest, Illinois. PGA Tour players will be teeing it up at Conway Farms for the first time and I have a feeling the reviews will be terrific. Lets take a closer look at this magnificent Tom Fazio designed golf course.
The course features an older style layout as it forces players to hit fairways and greens. It will play this week as a Par 71 at around 7150 yards. Though it demands accuracy, it does possess many risk reward holes ( including possibly two drivable Par 4’s). Players will see tree lined fairways that change to links style only a few holes later. The rough is expected to be thick yet not excessively long.
The players will face their challenge once they find the putting surfaces. Tom Fazio has integrated extreme complexities into the greens, forcing players to be on the right side of the hole to make putts. Look for long and accurate players to have the advantages as they will be able to attack the greens with spin.
The main thing Tom wanted to achieve was a course that is fun to play. With a variety of holes and terrific putting surfaces, I feel he has achieved that. This course is one of America’s hidden gems and I am very happy they will be hosting the BMW Championship this week.
Here is an overview of two very interesting holes, helping you gain a better picture of what faces the players this week.
The 15th – Par 4 – 334 Yards – I always find Par 4’s interesting that give the players the ability to make an eagle, yet can also break someones heart with a double or worse.
On the 15th a player must avoid water all down the left side of the fairway. If a player is going to attack this hole off the tee, they would be well advised to miss it to the right. The green is guarded by 4 bunkers and of course water on the left. The main problem with missing it left is the rough is extremely thick, and will cause a difficult second shot to the green (though it is a better spot than the water). A tough hole that will be the scene for plenty of excitement on Sunday.
The 16th – Par 4 – 462 yards – On the home stretch but not in the club house by any means with this difficult Par 4 still lurking. The 16th forces players to aim in the middle of three fairway bunkers. If they succeed at keeping the ball in the fairway, a uphill approach must be very carefully hit. The green is very long and narrow, making it a challenge to hit in Regulation. Look for par to be an excellent score here.
Without further ado, lets get to the 6 pack.
Steve’s 6-Pack System Picks For This Week
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Graham DeLaet 45 to 1 – This pick appears to be the prefect one for Conway Farms. In the first two legs of the Playoffs DeLaet has posted a T2 and a solo 3rd. He was just named to his first President’s Cup team and now can focus on picking up that fist PGA Tour victory. DeLaet has Top 25’s in 50% of his tournaments this season, and Top 10’s in 29% of them. Graham is as accurate of a player as you will find on the PGA Tour this season. He ranks 1st in Total Driving and 3rd for Greens in Regulation Percentage. This puts Graham in position to make plenty of birdies, as he ranks 14th on Tour for Birdie Average. The Canadian who grew up playing hockey, is sneaky long off the tee and should be able to attack this golf course. He has knocked on the door a handful of times now for his first victory, and I feel this is his week.