The Tour heads to Las Vegas, Nevada after a thrilling Frys .com Tournament. Jimmy Walker claimed his first PGA Tour victory. It was a tough pill to swallow as Walker was on my short list and our selection of Robert Garrigus just couldn’t pull through on the weekend. We move on to a tournament I feel very confident about this week. Lets take a closer look at the course the PGA Tour Pro’s will be playing in Sin City.
TPC Summerlin is the home of this week’s event, and it is one of the easiest courses on Tour. Playing as a Par 71 at only 7223 yards, TPC Summerlin gives the players the opportunity to make plenty of birdies with a few eagles thrown in there as well. Shorter holes combined with massive greens usually accounts for very low scoring on the PGA Tour. The forecast for the week looks absolutely perfect, with no chance of rain for the week. Look for a wining score to be in the neighborhood of 20 under.
One hole I would like everyone to pay attention to this week is the 15th. This immaculate Par 4 stretches out 342 yards, making it drivable by the longer hitters on Tour. With the Nevada desert all down the left hand side, you can expect to see players missing the green to the right. Bunkers surround the almost peanut shaped green and will collect plenty of golf balls this week. Drivable Par 4’s always account for excitement on a golf course, and this one is no different.
The field this week is filled with relative unknowns to the casual follower of the PGA Tour. Zach Johnson, Nick Watney, Webb Simpson, and Graham DeLaet are the four largest names in the tournament, though don’t think a lack of big names will mean a lack of great golf.
Confidence plays a key role in winning a golf tournament and I look to players who have played well in the past here to shine this week. With greens extremely easy to hit at TPC Summerlin, scoring will come down to putting and length. Lets take a look at the guys I feel will read the breaks correctly and bomb the ball this week.
Steve’s Six Pack Picks
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BRENDON DE JONGE 30 to 1– My favourite selection of the week is Brendon De Jonge. He took a week off after the Presidents Cup and will return to a course he has enjoyed success on. Brendon was awesome at the Presidents Cup and probably played the course the best out of any player for the week. He was accurate with his driver and was knocking iron shots stiff all week. De Jonge will look to continue his hot play in Sin City and vie for his first PGA Tour victory. De Jonge had a very solid 2013 season as he finished with thirteen Top 25’s in his 30 events. He peaked during the playoffs as he finished in the Top 20 in every event, with his T9 at the Deutsche Bank Championship being the best of the bunch. That trend has an excellent chance of continuing in Las Vegas this week. Last season De Jonge finished in solo 2nd at TPC Summerlin thanks to all four rounds being below 67 (including an opening round of 62). Look for the big man from Zimbabwe to play great golf this week and possibly pick up his first win on the PGA Tour.