Perseverance pays as Angela Stanford triumphs in 76th major start
He has been in contention in most of those weeks and looks like a winner about to happen. He is a top 15 player for putts per round and a good week on the greens can compensate for no more than average accuracy stats.
Fowler looks a certain future major champion, more so now after beating the strongest field of the year at the Players Championship , the unofficial fifth major. Fowler finished in the top five of all four majors last season with his best effort a second place in the British Open at Royal Liverpool.
That was his third top 15th finish in the Open and the player seems to enjoy bad weather. He has the temperament and technique to maintain his form and that will be a big plus this week at a breezy Royal County Down. Wood finished fourth last week in the PGA Championship , the flagship event of the European Tour that attracts the best field for a British tournament other than the Open. Wood is proven on links courses as he has twice finished in the top five in the Open.
He also has the game to handle a course buffeted by wind and has some event form, finishing third in the Irish Open but on a different course. The selection has made his last five cuts and is a top 50 player for driving accuracy and putts per round. The course is a tree-lined, par 70 track with two reachable par 5s.
It places a premium on accuracy from tee to green but this is balanced by large, undulating greens which yield plenty of birdies.
An accurate long game is usually the key to a high finish in this event. Brendon Todd who defends this week broke the mould somewhat by finishing only 55th last year for finding the greens in the correct number of shots. However, he was first for scrambling and stokes gained putting and led the field in fairways hit. Even so the identikit of a potential winner this week is an accurate player who putts well.
Todd excelled on the par 3s and par 4s but was only average on the two par 5s confirming the view that long hitting will not be at a massive advantage. Day has been identified as a future major champion and he has twice been in contention on Sunday afternoon at Augusta. The US Open may be the major most suited to his game as that event more than any other requires accuracy from the tee to avoid rough that is often penal.
He won his first title here in and was in the top ten for the next two years. He is currently joint leader on the Tour for par-3 and par-4 scoring. Despite such a solid record Day does not even have the best course form for a player from Australia never mind anyone in the field from all over the world. Marc Leishman has recorded five top finishes in six appearances at TPC Four Seasons and that includes two top threes in the last three years.
New grasses were introduced to the greens, fairways and bunkers faces, while trees were selectively thinned to reintroduce unbelievable views and sight lines not seen for decades. The RotoExperts Premium Fantasy Football Package now available So, beyond the greens, the modifications seem more aesthetic than anything.
A quick glance at the scorecard reveals the course will play almost exactly the same length, and no holes have been altered from a design standpoint. If they only did well because of the flat stick, that could pose problems. A combination of SG: Also, three of the Par 3s play over yards, and there has been a direct correlation between success at the Greenbrier Classic and strokes gained from that particular range.
With scoring expected in the mid-to-high s, targeting a few recent Web. In , the Greenbrier Classic yielded the 8th most birdies of any event that season of 52 courses. Much like we said about Kyle Stanley all season. T2G in his past 12 rounds, and has been one of the top Par 4 scorers in the field over his past 24 rounds. Hopefully the easy-to-hit fairways afford him the ability to put the remainder of his game to good use.