Starts: 16th September 2021
Course: Silverado Resort & Spa, CA
Length: 7,166 yards
2020 Champion: Stewart Cink
Tournament played here since: 2014
Type of Course: Classic, tree lined.
Fairways: Tight, tree lined.
Rough: Kentucky Bluegrass, not too penal.
Greens: Small, Narrow, Average Pace, Undulating, Poa-annua.
Water: In-play on 2 holes, 11 and 15.
Par 5's: 5th, 9th, 16th and 18th
Premium on: Strong iron play and scrambling.
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals. It's also the start of a new season on the PGA Tour so some players may be playing with a fresh mindset.
Winning Score: Cink's winning score of -21 was by far the best recent one. The previous five editions were between -14 and -18.
Course Form: 3 of the last 7 winners were debutants and Kevin Tway had never recorded a top 40 in numerous attempts beforehand. Brendan Steele had recorded finishes of 7-21-17 before he won twice. Preferred but not essential.
Recent Form: Only Emilliano Grillo had posted top 10 finishes in his previous 3 events before winning. Form not essential.
Favourites or Outsiders: 6 of the last 7 winners have started at 50/1 or above, including last year's winner Stewart Cink and 2019 champion Cameron Champ who started at 200/1 and 150/1. Outsiders should be chanced here, especially given the field strength.
Driving Distance: Two of the last 7 winners were 1st for driving distance and Cink was 11th last year. Distance can be an advantage here.
Driving Accuracy: Three of the last 7 winners were top 10 for driving accuracy. It is slightly preferred over distance.
Greens in Regulation: All 7 winners were in the top 25 for GIR and Cink was 1st last year. It's of strong importance to hit the greens here.
Scrambling: The last 3 winners were 1st or 2nd for scrambling and all of the last 7 winners have been in the top 10. It seems to be a key stat.
Putting: Only one of the last 7 winners has been in top 10 for putts per GIR. Place less emphasis on strong putters here.
Tough Holes: 13-15 play difficult. 2nd is a 240 yard par 3.
Birdie Holes: 16-18 is an easy stretch. 5th and 9th are reachable par 5's.
Fast or Slow Start: It is possible to win from off the pace. Cink was two back heading into the final round last year. Cameron Champ led by three after round 3 in 2019 en route to victory, but the 5 previous winners all began round 3 at least 2 behind. Steele was 9 back after 36 holes in 2016 and Grillo was 6 back after 36 holes in 2015. Fast starts are not essential.
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