Starts: 18th August 2022
Course: Wilmington Country Club
Length: 7,534 yards
2021 Champion: Patrick Cantlay
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1959, re-worked by Andrew Green in 2021.
Used Since: First time hosting
Fairways: Bentgrass, fairway bunkers guarding landing zones.
Greens: Bentgrass, large, divided into multiple sections.
Rough: Primary, Secondary and Fescue.
Premium on: Recent Form/Momentum
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
The club has hosted six USGA events in the past, along with the 2013 Palmer Cup competition between Europe and the United States. That American team featured Justin Thomas.
Only 70 players tee it up this week and only the top 30 in the FedEx rankings will progress to next week's Tour Championship.
The automatic qualifiers for the Presidents Cup teams will be determined after the BMW, as well, with six Americans and eight Internationals securing spots on their respective teams.
There is no cut this week.
Sunny intervals with a max wind speed of 8mph.
Sunny intervals with a max wind speed of 9mph.
Showers with a max wind speed of 10mph.
Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with a max wind speed of 9mph.
Trends and Stats
With this course yet to host a PGA Tour event, we do not have any trends or stats to draw upon.
“The South Course presents challenging tee shots with fairway bunkers guarding the landing zones, very large putting surfaces divided into multiple sections and flash-faced bunkers.” Michael Shank - Director of Golf at Wilmington.
"It looks like there's some length to it, sloped greens, thick rough and narrow fairways where you have to hit it well. It's a difficult setup where, if the weather doesn't get bad, you still have to shoot a low number out there, like we saw last year." Jon Rahm
"I mean, this golf course is definitely just like last year, extremely distance biased. You've got to hit it as far as you can and hit a lot of fairways. This course is a little narrower than last year. A good recipe is top of the way in driving and top of the way in putting. These greens are in really good shape, and if you get the ball on line and read it right, it should go in almost every time". Patrick Cantlay
"I don't think there's too much strategy to this golf course. I think it's pretty right in front of you and similar to last year. The venues between last year and this year are actually really similar, I think, in style of golf". Patrick Cantlay