Starts: 30th June 2022
Course: Mount Juliet Estate, Ireland
Par: 72 (36-36)
Length: 7,264 yards
2021 Champion: Lucas Herbert
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Type of Course: Parkland, Tree Lined.
Used Since: 2021
Water Hazards: In-play on half of the holes.
Par 5's: 5th, 8th, 10th and 17th
Premium on: Birdies/Putting
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
The course also hosted the 2002 and 2004 WGC American Express Championships won by Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
Looks set to be dry Thursday and Friday with some light rain arriving for the weekend. Approx 14-22 degrees celsius with gentle winds.
Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze. Wind 11mph in the morning but easing off through the day.
Sunny intervals and a moderate breeze. Wind 15mph in afternoon
Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze. Wind 10mph
Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze. Wind 11mph
Lucas herbert won with a score of -19 last year. The WGC American Express Championships were played here in 2002 and 2004 with winning scores of -25 and -18. We should expect a figure near the 20's to be winning.
Lucas Herbert won before going on to win on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods and Ernie Els won the two WGC's played here and Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance won the three Irish Opens here. The top players have prevailed.
None of note. The Renaissance Club which hosts the Scottish Open does have some corresponding results but the courses are different tests.
Herbert, like everyone else, was playing the course for the first tme last year. Els finished 23rd in 2002 before his win in 2004. Woods was playing his debut like most others in 2002.
Herbert had posted a couple of top 20 finishes prior to his win. Els was in terrific form heading into the WGC here in 2004, as was Woods. Both had consecutive top 10's. Recent form appears to be a big bonus.
No obvious nationality trends.
We will assess the stats of last year's winner along with the two winners of the WGC played here in 2002 and 2004 - Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
SG: Off The Tee
Of the top three last year, two of them were inside the top 18 for SG: Off The Tee.
13-2-21. Distance is important here.
59-62-24. Driving Accuracy isn't perceived as essential but as always it helps.
Of the top three last year, only Richard Karlberg was inside the top 35.
Greens in Regulation
54-11-3. Herbert was certainly weaker with his GIR figures than previous winners but strong iron play is important.
21-1-1. Solid play around the greens is essential.
Putts per GIR
6-1-6. In low scoring events, it's extremely important to putt well.
The 18th, 2nd and 6th played as the three hardest holes in 2021.
Outwith the four par 5's, the short par 4 1st, par 3 11th and par 4 15th were the only holes to play under par.
Fast or Slow Start
Lucas Herbert led from start to finish last year. Herbert and Veerman were in the top two after the opening round. However, it is worth noting that runner up, Rikard Karlberg, was seven shots behind Herbert after the opening round.
The par 4 16th and 18th holes ranked 4th and 1st for difficulty last year, whereas the par 5 17th was the easiest hole to offer a little respite.
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