ShotLink: The ins and outs of TPC River Highlands

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TPC River Highlands is home to the Travelers Championship, one of Connecticut's biggest sporting events.
June 21, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

First built in 1928 -- with the current incarnation redesigned by Bobby Weed in 1998 -- TPC River Highlands is a course ripe for scoring thanks to a lack of length. Big hitters can thrive (Bubba Watson won last year), but short hitters aren't compromised either (Watson defeated Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank in a playoff; David Toms was second in 2009).

Shortest courses on TOUR
Rank Course Par Yds Avg. Score O/U
1 Pebble Beach GL 72 6816 71.564 -0.436
2 Monterey Peninsula CC 70 6838 68.948 -1.052
3 TPC River Highlands 70 6841 69.412 -0.588
4 PGA West (NC) 72 6890 68.992 -3.008
5 El Camaleon 71 6923 70.765 -0.235
Courses with the shortest fairway proximity
Rank Course Avg.
1 Colonial CC 26' 7"
2 Sedgefield Country Club 27' 0"
3 The Old White Course 27' 8"
4 TPC River Highlands 28' 7"
5 CordeValle Golf Club 28' 8"

It's flag-hunting time from the fairway:

Shortest par-4s on TOUR
Rank Course Hole Yds Avg. Score
1 Ridgewood Country Club 5 291 3.696
2 TPC River Highlands 15 296 3.782
3 TPC Boston 4 298 3.684
4 Plantation Course at Kapalua 14 305 3.598
5 Riviera CC 10 315 3.932
Par-4's with the highest going for the green percentage
Rank Course Hole Yardage Pct.
1 TPC Summerlin 15 341 87.29
2 Colonial CC 2 389 86.84
3 TPC River Highlands 15 296 83.84
4 TPC Boston 4 298 80.77
5 TPC Scottsdale 17 332 66.37

The 15th hole is an especially inviting target (and you can watch it on LIVE@):

Holes with the toughest greenside bunkers (minimum 10 attempts)
Rank Course Hole Yardage Pct.
1 Montreux G&CC 3 429 7.14
2 St. Andrews Links 13 465 9.09
3 Quail Hollow Club 12 456 14.29
4 Atunyote Golf Club 13 439 15
5 TPC River Highlands 15 296 15.22

The tempting 15th hole is well-guarded, however:

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