Starts: 7th July 2022
Course: Keene Trace GC
Length: 7,238 yards
2021 Champion: Seamus Power
Designer: Arthur Hills
Used Since: 2018
Water Hazards: On six holes
Par 5's: 5th, 8th, 11th and 15th
Premium on: Approach play
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
This event has been traditionally played opposite The Open but this year finds itself opposite the Scottish Open. As such, it is a co-sanctioned event with the DP World Tour.
Scoring has been low the past three years, birdies are the name of the game.
Afternoon thunderstorms with a max wind speed of 6mph.
Possible thunderstorms with a max wind speed of 8mph.
Possible thunderstorms with a max wind speed of 9mph.
Cloudy with a max wind speed of 8mph.
We have seen winning scores of -21, -26 and -23 the past three years, expect low scoring again.
Seamus Power had 53rd and 34th place finishes at the event. Neither champion before him had played the course before.
Seamus Power came into the event in excellent form, posting two top 10 finishes in his previous two events. Jim Herman had missed seven of his last eight cuts prior to winning. Troy Merritt had two top 20 finishes in his last four starts.
We haven't had a winner inside the top 200 in the world at Keene Trace, the past three winners ranking 210th, 1252nd and 327th.
Americans have won two events at this course, an Irishman won the other.
None of note.
SG: Off The Tee
Looking at the three winners, Power ranked 15th, Herman ranked 27th in 2019, whilst Merritt ranked 14th in 2018.
Power ranked 46th, Herman ranked 27th and Merritt ranked 23rd.
Similar to driving accuracy, 39th, 27th and 34th.
Approach play is key with Power ranking 17th and the two champions before him ranking 1st and 5th in this category.
Greens In Regulation
A similar story to SG: Approach with rankings of 8th, 2nd and 5th for the three past winners.
SG: Around The Green
Power was 8th last year but neither of the two course winners before him ranked in the top 40 in this category (52nd and 46th).
Power was 19th, Herman ranked 1st whilst Merritt ranked 70th!
The 17th and 18th played as the hardest holes last year.
The par 5's (5th, 8th, 11th and 15th) played as the easiest holes in 2021. The par 4 1st hole played as the next easiest.
The closing three holes were all ranked inside the four toughest holes for the week in 2021. All three played over par so bogeys are possible.
Fast or Slow Start
It has been vital to make a fast start in each of the three tournaments played at Keene Trace. Every winner has been inside the top 4 after the first round and Seamus Power was the first winner not to have led from halfway. Power was never worse thn 5th so being up with the leaders is very important.
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