I would like to welcome everyone to this week on the PGA TOUR. The players will be teeing the ball up in Florida for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s Classic at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort. The field is not very strong this year but still should provide extremely exciting golf all week.
In order for any of the players to win this championship, they will need to make plenty of birdies on two very easy golf courses. All players will play The Palm’s golf course once over the first two days, while the other three rounds will be played on Disney’s Magnolia. Lets take a closer look at each golf course.
This course is a 6957 yard Par 72 that is one of the easiest on the PGA TOUR. Once again the players will be playing on bermuda grass for the week, but don’t expect them to be challenged at the Palm Course. The course record here is a sizzling 60, shot in 2006 by Justin Rose.
Expect players to take advantage of the relatively flat greens, short course and over simple design. To be in contention you have to go very low the day you play the Palm course. The only thing that can get players in trouble here is if they are not hitting the ball straight. Fairways are much narrower than its counterpart (Magnolia) and the trees will pay a larger role.
The Magnolia course will allow players to be challenged on certain holes and go for plenty of birdies on others. At 7516 yards and a Par 72, it is not a short golf course by any means. Longer players will have the advantage at Magnolia as the rough will not be much of a challenge. Feel free to bomb way, but be careful of the plethora of water hazards and the 97 bunkers around the course.
All you have to do is look at the Par 3 6th hole and understand this is a Mickey mouse golf course for PGA players. They designed the bunker on number 6 in the shape of Mickey mouse, a tribute to the Disney character.
The course record is held by the late and great Payne Stewart. Back in 1990, Payne Stewart fired a terrific 61 in his 3rd round. Don’t expect to see this record touched this week but I do feel some players will shoot 64. Weather conditions should be ideal all week and players will be able to attack plenty of pins.
Now that we understand what to look for this week in terms of course conditions and layout, lets go in-depth into what everyone wants, The Picks!
Here are the 6 players I feel create the idle six pack for The 2012 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Championship.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
Here are this week’s six-pack of golfers I like to win the tournament outright. **Odds are based on 5dimes**. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
Russell Knox 115 to 1 – Knox tweeted earlier this week “Where dreams come true.” This statement will be a reality at the end of the week for one player and I feel Russell has an excellent chance of being that guy. A young player out of Scotland, Russell has been playing some very solid golf lately. He has finished in the Top 27 in all of his past 3 tournaments and is striking the ball with great precision. He hits the 4th most Greens in Regulation on the PGA Tour at over 69%. I expect big things out of Russell in the future and that could start this week. Young players who are accurate with their irons and good putters (62nd in Total putting) tend to have early success on the Tour. Cheers to Russell’s dreams coming true this week.
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