The PGA Tour is heading south from Maryland to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia to play The Old White TPC at the Greenbrier. The course is a Par 70 that plays a shade under 7,300 yards. It features a wide range of hole distances with two Par 4s under 400 yards to go along with six between 400-450 and four more between 450-500. The Old White TPC played at average difficulty last year as the 27th of 50 courses at -.139 relative to par. As golfers make their way around the track, they’ll need to contend with 85 bunkers, nine water hazards, and bentgrass greens.
Past Five Winners
Off the Tee
Finishing in either the Top 10 of Driving Distance (-1.3) of Driving Accuracy (+1.3) doesn’t really gain you a whole lot in terms of DK Points. Golfers that have a combination of both, by finishing highly in SG: OTT, have seen a bump of over 6 DK Points. Only one golfer has finished outside the Top 25 of SG: OTT and gone on to win the tournament. Of Top 20 DK Scorers at this event, 48-of-152 have finished in the Top 20 in Driving Distance while 56-of-152 have hit that threshold in Driving Accuracy.
With winning totals in the mid-teens under par, hitting greens in regulation are paramount this week. Winners at this event have averaged 54-of-72 (75%) greens in regulation. The average golfer here hits about 1.4 more greens in regulation for the week compared to a regular tour stop. Nearly 90% of golfers who finish in the Top Ten at this event gain strokes on approach. The ones who don’t, are saved by their putting, averaging over 5.5 strokes gained in that category.
Around the Green
As usual, we see an interesting relationship between success around the green and success at the tournament. While you may want a solid short game to make the cut, gaining too many strokes around the green isn’t always a positive. It typically means you’re missing the greens in regulation and don’t have as many birdie opportunities as your competitors. SG: Around the Green explains just 4% of DK Points for golfers who make the cut.
Other Stats to Consider
Par 4s (450-500)
DraftKings Scoring Breakdown