I would like to be the first to welcome everyone to the 2013 PGA Tour season. Here at golfpicks.net we will be going for our 8th straight profitable season and want to start it off on the right note with a winner in Kapalua. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is looked at as a nice vacation for the players and their families, but everyone wants to start the year by raising a trophy. First lets take a closer look at the golf course the players will be playing.
Plantation Course at Kapalua
You can expect a winning score in the neighborhood of -23 on this Par 73, 7411 yard course. This is the only Par 73 courses the players will see, and they will welcome the extra shot(s) with open arms. The Plantation Course has Bermuda grass from tee to green, a style certain players tend to play better on than others. Bermuda greens take time to adjust to, especially while putting, something to make note of this week.
The PGA players who bomb the ball should have an advantage this week, as The Plantation Course has absolutely massive fairways. One challenge for the players will be large elevation changes, making club selection difficult. Many of these players have played here before though which will help with course knowledge (only 9 of the 30 players are first timers).
My favourite hole on the golf course this week is number 18. It is a beast of a finishing hole, measuring 663 yards in length. This Par 5 does not challenge the players as much as give the viewer one of the most beautiful sights in golf, and the world for that matter. Look for players such as Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson to give the hole a go in two easily. Gary Woodland bombed a drive here 450yards in the first round last season. The 18th is nicknamed (Home), a place all 30 players would like to take the championship this week.
3 THINGS ESSENTIAL TO WINNING THIS WEEK
Scrambling – 4 of the last 8 champions here have lead the field in scrambling for the week. Players have to manage around massive greens, making getting up and down difficult.
Putting – As I previously mentioned the greens are enormous. Last season the Plantation Course not only had the most putts per round but also forced players into the least amount of one-putts. Golfers who can avoid the 3 putt this week will put themselves ahead of the field.
Iron play – I put iron play in this category because the players will have to manage the wind this week. Hawaii golf has always been known as a difficult place to judge the various breezes that surround its islands. Not only will players have to deal with the winds, but elevation changes are massive in Kapalua.
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.eu**. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
This week we will only be going with 4 selections (instead of the regular 6) as the field is a reduced one.
JONAS BLIXT 38 TO 1 – I am excited to see how Jonas follows up a terrific rookie season. He is a very solid young Swedish player, one who relies on an excellent short game. Jonas ended 2012 in 2nd place for Strokes Gained through Putting, 1st in Sand Save percentage at 65.29%, and 2nd in Par 4 Performance. Blixt will love all the Par 4’s at The Plantation Course, considering he was 3rd on Tour in Par 4 Birdie or Better conversion (19.29%). We are getting an excellent price this week on Blixt because he is one of the 9 first timers. Though I do feel experience plays a factor in maneuvering around this beautiful course, I also feel that Jonas has far too many positives to keep him off this list.
**Above is the free pick of the week. Members will receive all 4 picks for an outright winner + 2 head to head picks this week. You can still join by clicking here.**
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