This would be the second version of the Corales Puntacana R & C Championship in seven months after final yr’s version was switched to September as a result of pandemic. It did not function in any respect on the 2019-20 schedule, however it seems twice on this season’s.
The Corales Puntacana R & C Championship is an reverse area occasion in the identical week because the WGC Dell Matchplay – which I’ve previewed right here.
This would be the sixth version of the Corales Puntacana R & C Championship however it’s solely the fourth time it’ll function on the PGA Tour. The first two editions, received by Dominic Bozzelli and Nate Lashley, had been held on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The Corales Puntacana R & C Championship is the primary occasion on the PGA Tour to be staged within the Dominican Republic.
The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Par 72, 7,666 yards
Stroke Average in 2020 – 71.12
The 2010 Tom Fazio designed Corales Course is ready amongst pure cliffs, coralina quarries and ocean coves, adjoining to the Caribbean Sea.
Six holes play alongside the Caribbean, culminating within the three-hole “Devil’s Elbow” ending stretch that showcases a dramatic compelled carry over the Bay of Corales on the 18th. Each of the three holes averaged over par in 2019 and though the par 4 18th averaged solely 3.97 in September, the three holes mixed collectively averaged +0.18 of a stroke over-par.
The Corales Course is a really lengthy Paspalum course with broad, flat, beneficiant fairways and regardless of its size, it is a straightforward course for touring professionals. The greens can be gradual (not more than 11 on stimpmeter) due to the course’s proximity to the coast and its solely actual defence is the wind.
Three gamers shot 10-under-par 62s within the inaugural version and the winner, Brice Garnett, opened up with a nine-under-par 63 in 2018. Graeme McDowell fired back-to-back 64s in rounds two and three to win in 2019, so low scores are on the market if the wind does not blow too onerous.
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First Five Winners with Pre-event Exchange Prices
2020 – Hudson Swafford -18 300.0299/1
2019 – Graeme McDowell -18 80.079/1
2018 – Brice Garnett -18 80.079/1
2017 – Nate Lashley -20
2016 – Dominic Bozzelli -24
What Will it Take to Win the Corales Puntacana R & C Championship?
Although Swafford ranked twelfth for Driving Distance and 14th for Driving Accuracy, neither driving metric seems particularly related. McDowell ranked 53rd for Driving Distance and thirty first for Driving Accuracy in 2019 and it was the same story in 2018 when Garnett ranked solely 51st for DD and twentieth for DA, however that is not shocking. The fairways are very broad and the tough is way from penal so neglect about trawling by way of the driving stats.
Swafford ranked twenty fifth for Greens In Regulation and twenty first for Scrambling and that was much like the primary two winners we’ve got stats for. G-Mac ranked sixteenth for GIR and forty seventh for Scrambling and Garnett ranked twenty fourth for GIR and fifteenth for Scrambling – however all three winners have putted very well.
Swafford solely ranked fifth for Putting Average whereas the opposite two each ranked first however Swafford did not make a single three-putt all week and the final three renewals have all boiled right down to what number of birdies and what number of putts had been made so it is principally only a placing contest.
Is There an Angle In?
Plenty of PGA Tour occasions are staged at programs much like this. The Sony Open, the RBC Heritage and the RSM Classic are all held on coastal, wind-affected tracks however the tournaments that correlate the perfect are the Mayakoba Golf Classic and the Puerto Rico Open.
El Camaleon, dwelling of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico, and the Coco Beach Golf Course, the host course in Puerto Rico, like this venue, are each wind-affected Paspalum grass observe whereas the opposite three event venues, Waialae Country Club (Sony Open), Harbour Town Golf Links (RBC Heritage) and Sea Island Resort (RSM Classic) are all Bermuda.
The 2019 winner, McDowell, along with his US Open win in 2010, at one other coastal course, Pebble Beach, has solely received two different PGA Tour occasions – the RBC Heritage and the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Swafford gave the Sony hyperlink a lift final yr. He’s completed contained in the top-10 at Waialae 3 times.
If you fancy digging even deeper, Garnett’s two Web.com Tour wins got here on the Utah Championship and the Portland Open and trying on the top-10s at these two occasions, loads of the identical names hold showing, in order that they appear to be value trying out too.
Last week’s Honda Classic is one other occasion performed at the same venue and one final occasion to think about is the American Express, received by Si Woo Kim in January. Swafford and the third-round chief in September, Adam Long, have each received that individual birdie-fest.
Is There an Identikit Winner?
The inaugural winner, Dominic Bozzelli, was in his mid-20s however the final 4 have all been of their mid-to-late-30s and the final three winners, for the reason that event was elevated to a PGA Tour occasion, have all been outsiders. G-Mac and Garnett had been 80.079/1 possibilities earlier than the off and Swafford was matched at a excessive of 370.0369/1 earlier than going off at round 300.0299/1.
Winner’s Position and Exchange Price Pre-Round Four
2010 – Hudson Swafford – solo second, trailing by two 6.411/2
2019 – Graeme McDowell – led by one 3.1511/5
2018 – Brice Garnett – led by two 1.9310/11
2017 – Nate Lashley – trailed by two
2016 – Dominic Bozzelli – tied for the lead
Swafford led after rounds one and two earlier than being headed after spherical three however he sat solo second by way of 54 holes, trailing by simply two, and Garnett shot the bottom spherical of the week on Thursday and was by no means headed after that in 2018. But a gradual begin has been overcome in all the different three editions.
Dominic Bozzelli sat tied for forty fifth after the opening spherical, Nate Lashley was tied 53rd, and G-Mac was matched at a excessive of 230.00229/1 after his first spherical 73 had seen him trailing by seven in a tie for 81st! A gradual begin is clearly not the tip of the world and I would not get too alarmed in case your picks aren’t proper up with the tempo immediately.
Bozzelli was nonetheless 4 again at midway however he’d moved as much as fifth and Lashley was eighth and nonetheless 5 adrift by way of 36 holes in 2017 however G-Mac moved all the way in which as much as seventh and solely three off the lead after the primary of two back-to-back 64s in spherical two. Bozzelli was tied for the lead by way of 54 holes, earlier than occurring to win by 4. Lashley received by a solitary stroke, having trailed by two with a spherical to go, and G-Mac went on to win by a stroke, having led by a stroke, however it was removed from plain crusing.
G-Mac birdied three of the primary 4 holes earlier than including a fourth on the par 5 seventh and his value plunged to lower than 1.330/100 however victory wasn’t as simple because it regarded prefer it could be.
A bogey adopted on the par three ninth earlier than he parred the following seven holes in a row and it regarded like he was going to be crushed. Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes, who contended once more in September, threatened to submit a rating from off the tempo however he bogeyed the final, and it was left to Chris Stroud, a pre-tournament 160.0159/1 shot, to push McDowell the toughest.
Back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 noticed the 37-year-old Texan hit the entrance and he was matched at a low of 1.341/3 however he bogeyed the final two holes as McDowell completed birdie-par to win by one.
In an occasion for outsiders, not one of the market leaders make any attraction.
Tournament favorite, Charley Hoffman, who completed 14th on debut in September, is a winner of the aforementioned Mayakoba Golf Classic and he is been creeping into type of late however he hasn’t received in 5 years and I’m more than pleased to serve him.
Emiliano Grillo is an absurdly brief value once more given solely cheap latest type and course type figures that learn 50-21. The totally unreliable Thomas Pieters is an equally poor value on his occasion debut.
I would not have thought there was a lot to decide on between the profiles of the favorite, 44-year-old Hoffman, and the person that received the Mayakoba Golf Classic 12 months after him – 45-year-old, Pat Perez.
Hoffman has 4 PGA Tour wins and Perez has three. Perez completed solely twenty first on debut right here in September, whereas Hoffman completed 14th.
Like Hoffman, Perez has been exhibiting indicators of lifetime of late and he putted properly on the Honda Classic final week the place he completed tied for forty sixth, rating tenth for placing Average and twelfth for Strokes Gained Putting. I believed he was honest value at an industry-best 70/1 with seven locations with the Sportsbook.
I’ll have one or two huge outsiders for the Find Me a 100 Winner column later however for now, my solely different choice is Camilo Villegas who completed an especially encouraging eighth on the Honda final week.
With the tragic lack of his younger daughter final July, golf has been on the backburner for a really very long time for the gifted Colombian. This can be his first look at this occasion however it ought to go well with him properly. Odds of round 70.069/1 look greater than honest for such a gifted participant after final week’s effort.
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