I would like to be the first to welcome everyone to the 2012 edition of the Frys.com Open. This week the best players in the world will travel to San Martin, California to battle a track known as CordeValle Golf Club.
CordeValle Golf Club is a Par 71, 7368 yard, Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed gem of a course. In 2010 the course ranked in the middle (23rd out of 52) for overall course difficulty and 2011 was very similar. Players can expect a thinking mans golf course; one where accurate shots will be rewarded and ones that go astray penalized. With only 2 water hazards located on CordeValle, players will be more focused on avoiding extremely thick rough areas and the plethora of bunkers (63 in total).
The winner this week will most likely be the player who putts the ball better than anyone. CordeValle is home to some of the Tours largest greens, resulting in an above average number of greens hit in regulation. Robert Trent Jones Jr. has done an excellent job at utilizing slight breaks in the greens, forcing players and their caddies to read the greens perfectly.
Two players at last years event set the course record posting sizzling rounds of 62. Will MacKenzie and Jim Renner both fired 9 under rounds of 62, a score i feel could be beat this week. Weather is expected to be very co-operative in San Martin with calm and sunny conditions. Players will have the ability to attack pins and go extremely low.
Lets take a closer look at 6 players I feel will roll in plenty of putts and have a great chance of becoming the 2012 Frys.com Open Champion.
Steve’s Six-Pack Picks
Bud Cauley 22 to 1 – Our first selection this week is easily my favorite one. At a course where scores will be low we go with an outstanding rookie in Bud Cauley. Bud has enjoyed a very successful first season on the Tour having finished in the Top 10 six times. Last season Bud earned his 2012 PGA Tour card at this event when he finished in 3rd place. I look for him to build off this excellent finish thanks to a great putting stroke. He tends to play very aggressively and this is much of the reason he finished 1st in birdies made at the 2011 edition of the Frys.com championship. Bud is going to win a Tour event very soon and I really feel this could be his week.
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