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Horses for Courses: THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT

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Horses for Courses

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Jason Kokrak of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the final round of the TOUR Championship on September 05, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Jason Kokrak of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the final round of the TOUR Championship on September 05, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

    Written by Mike Glasscott @MikeGlasscott

    Instead of a 13 hour flight to Korea it will be a 10 mile drive south for those who played last week at TPC Summerlin in week two of the Las Vegas Daily Double. The invitational field of 78 will tee it up at The Summit Club for the first time as they take on Tom Fazio's 7,431 yard (Par-71) track perched above The Strip west of downtown.

    The Summit Club will debut with a defense of elevation changes and perched greens. Water is in play on seven holes and there are 62 bunkers to avoid. Bermuda rough is over seeded with ryegrass and will play three inches and upward. Players will enjoy a ton of room to swing it off the tee (44 acres of fairway) and will have plenty of targets to aim for as the Dominator bentgrass greens are almost 6,600 square feet on average. The Par-72 is standard with four Par-5 holes and should be open for business in the scoring department. Bentgrass greens also mean plenty of true, aggressive putts to the hole.

    This is the second consecutive CJ CUP in Las Vegas, thanks pandemic, and the second consecutive season on a Fazio track. Shadow Creek was the scene last year as Jason Kokrak, a frequent Las Vegas player, used his course knowledge to pick up his first TOUR win. He's back to defend and according to reports he's played The Summit Club more than once. On the line is a purse of $9.75 million with the winner taking home $1.755 million plus 500 FedExCup points.

    Horses for Courses will be quite literal this week as The Summit Club is making its debut on TOUR. Instead I'll look back at the recent Tom Fazio tracks, plural, used on TOUR recently and over time to try and find clues and angles for the players entered this week. We saw THREE Fazio courses in use for the first time on TOUR last season and can always default to his major redesigns such as Quail Hollow Club, or even Augusta National.

    Recent Event Winners on Tom Fazio tracks

    2020 Shadow Creek (Las Vegas)
    7,527 yards - Par 72NO CUT EVENT - Limited Field
    Jason KokrakWin-20Led field with 26 Birdies; T1 GIR (55/72)
    Xander Schauffele2nd-18Led by 3 after 36 holes (Hatton); Only need 102 putts
    Tyrrell HattonT3-17First Round Leader (65); T1 GIR
    Russell HenleyT3-1754 hole leader by 3 (-15); Top 10 Fwy/GIR/Putts
    Talor Gooch5th-16Only made 3 bogeys, 1 double
    Joaquin Niemann6th-13T1 GIR
    Sebastian Munoz9th-11Only Gooch made less total bogeys
    Harris English10th-10Posted 10-under, 12 back
    Cameron Smith11th-9Closed 68-68
    Matt FitzpatrickT12-8Top 10 Fwy/GIR but T41 Putts
    Viktor HovlandT12-8T66 Fairways
    Collin MorikawaT12-8Round 2 65 only round in the 60s
    Ian PoulterT12-8T10 Fairways
    Justin ThomasT12-8T47 Putting
    Lowest Rounds
    Jaosn Kokrak64Round 4
    Xander Shauffele64Round 3
    Tyrrell Hatton65Round 1 & Round 4
    Talor Gooch65Round 2
    Collin Morikawa65Round 2
    2021 Congaree Golf Club (Ridgeland, South Carolina)
    Palmetto Championship at Congaree
    7,655 yards - Par 71Full Field event - Cut 1-Over Par
    Garrick HiggoWIN-11Not entered; 3rd GIR
    Hudson SwaffordT2-103rd Fairways; T4 GIR
    Tyrrell HattonT2-10Made 3 Eagles in Round 3
    Matt FitzpatrickT10-8Played final 27 holes Bogey-free
    Dustin JohnsonT10-8Trailed by 2 after 36 holes; 20 birdies T4
    Erik van RooyenT10-8Round 1 65 personal best of the week
    Harris EnglishT14-72nd after 54 holes on 10-under
    Ian PoulterT25-5T6 Fairways
    Tommy FleetwoodT35-3T14 Fairways; T18 GIR
    Sungjae ImT35-3Made the cut on the number
    Byeong Hun AnT52EOpened 67, closed 68
    Lowest Rounds
    Wes Roach64Not entered; Round 1
    Ryan Armour64Not entered; Round 4
    Will Gordon64Not entered; Round 4
    Dustin Johnson65Round 1
    Erik van Rooyen65Round 1
    2021 Caves Valley (Owings Mills, Maryland)
    BMW Championship
    7,542 yards - Par 72FedExCup Event No. 2 - Limited Field - No Cut
    Patrick CantlayWin-27Not entered; 31 Birdies led the event; T2 GIR
    Bryson DeChambeauP2-27Not entered; 4 EAGLES and T2 Putts per GIR
    Sungae Im3rd-23T2 Fairways; T3 Putts; Worst round 67
    Rory McIlroy4th-22Only player in the top 5 with a round of 70 or worse
    Erik van Rooyen5th-21Made 1 Bogey
    Sergio GarciaT6-20T4 Fairways; T2 GIR
    Dustin JohnsonT6-20T2 27 Birdies
    Sam Burns8th-19Shared First Round lead with 64
    Abraham AncerT9-18Led field in Proximity
    Alex NorenT9-18T2 GIR
    Jon RahmT9-18T45 Fairways; T36 GIR
    KH LeeT12-174th Strokes-Gained: Approach the Green
    Webb SimpsonT12-173rd Strokes-Gained: Approach the Green
    Harold Varner IIIT12-17Led field GIR
    Tony FinauT15-16Only took 106 putts
    Jason KokrakT15-16Tied best weekend total (131)
    Lowest Rounds
    Bryson DeChambeau60Not entered; Round 2
    Patrick Cantlay63Not entered; Round 2
    Tony Finau63Round 4
    Rory McIlroy64Round 1
    Sam Burns64Round 1
    Jon Rahm64Round 1
    Louis Oosthuizen64Round 3


    Top golfers in each statistic on the PGA TOUR (thru 2021 season) are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week.

    Strokes-Gained: Tee-to-Green
    2Collin Morikawa (member here)
    3Justin Thomas
    6Keegan Bradley
    7Paul Casey
    8Viktor Hovland
    10Rory McIlroy
    11Brooks Koepka
    13Sergio Garcia
    15Hideki Matsuyama
    16Tony Finau
    17Xander Schauffele
    18Tyrrell Hatton
    19Shane Lowry
    20Russell Henley
    21Scottie Scheffler
    24Charley Hoffman
    25Aaron Wise
    27Louis Oosthiuzen
    28Abraham Ancer
    29Dustin Johnson
    30Webb Simpson
    Strokes-Gained: Putting
    1Louis Oosthuizen
    3Ian Poulter
    4Patrick Reed
    6Jason Kokrak
    9Sam Burns
    10Cameron Smith
    12Harris English
    13Alex Noren
    15Mackenzie Hughes
    16Xander Schauffele
    18Adam Scott
    22Webb Simpson
    25Brian Harman
    25Patton Kizzire
    28Dustin Johnson
    29Abraham Ancer
    32Kevin Kisner
    33Jordan Spieth
    36Justin Rose
    38Matt Fitzpatrick
    Par-5 Scoring Average
    1Cameron Smith
    3Xander Schauffele
    5Harris English
    6Webb Simpson
    7Brooks Koepka
    7Sergio Garcia
    11Sam Burns
    13Louis Oosthuizen
    13Dustin Johnson
    13Max Homa
    13Viktor Hovland
    13Brian Harman
    21Collin Morikawa
    21Scottie Scheffler
    21Carlos Ortiz
    21Jordan Spieth
    21Jason Kokrak
    28Justin Thomas
    30Sungjae Im
    30Paul Casey
    30Patton Kizzire
    30Keegan Bradley
    35Talor Gooch
    35Tony Finau
    35Patrick Reed
    35Rory McIlroy
    35Cameron Tringale

    Horses for Courses - SUMMIT HFC FAZIO CLASSICS

    Quail Hollow Club (Charlotte)
    Wells Fargo Championship
    7,521 yards - Par 71Full field event
    Player (Cuts made/Starts)Top 10sMost recentNotes
    Rory McIlroy (9/10)8Win (2021)3x winner; Posted rounds of 61 and 62
    Abraham Ancer (1/2)12nd (2021)MC 2018
    Keith Mitchell (3/3)2T3 (2021)T8 2019; T34 2018
    Viktor Hovland (1/1)1T3 (2021)3 Rounds in the 60s
    Gary Woodland (8/9)25 (2021)T4 2015
    Patrick Reed (7/7)2T6 (2021)8th 2018; T32 or better 6 of 7
    Max Homa (2/4)1Win (2019)MC, MC and T76 others
    Justin Rose (6/8)33rd (2019)3rd previous visit 2016; 5th previous to 2016
    Rickie Fowler (8/9)4T4 (2019)2012 winner
    Sergio Garcia (8/9)2T4 (2019)First visit since 2013; T2 2005
    Paul Casey (3/5)2T4 (2019)T5 2018; best 2 are last 2
    Jhonattan Vegas (5/8)1T8 (2019)Cashed his last 5
    Jason Day (4/5)2Win (2018)T9 2012
    Aaron Wise (3/3)2T2 (2018)T9 2020, T18 2019
    Emiliano Grillo (4/4)1T9 (2018)T14 2021
    Charl Schwartzel (2/3)1T9 (2018)T14 2021
    Lucas Glover (12/17)58th (2016)2011 winner; T2 2009
    Webb Simpson (7/11)2T2 (2015)4th 2012
    Justin Thomas (3/4)1T7 (2015)Won 2017 PGA Championship here
    Kevin Streelman (4/10)2T9 (2015)T6 2013, T14 2014; no top 25 last 4
    Stewart Cink (10/13)3T9 (2011)Cashed in his last six trips (T37 2020)
    Eagle Point Golf Club (Wilmington, N.C.)
    2017 Wells Fargo Championship
    7,396 yards - Par 72One-time host for WFC (PGA prep at Quail)
    Selected PlayersPlaceScore
    Brian HarmanWin-10
    Dustin JohnsonT2-9
    Byeong Hun AnT8-6
    Paul CaseyT12-5
    Patrick ReedT12-5
    Xander SchauffeleT24-3
    Robert StrebT24-3
    Shane LowryT24-3
    Conway Farms Golf Club (Lake Forest, IL)
    BMW Championship
    7,396 yards - Par 72Host 2017, 2015 and 2013
    Select Players Entered This Week
    Marc LeishmanWin-23
    Rickie FowlerT2-18
    Justin RoseT2-18
    Jason Day4th-16
    Jordan SpiethT7-13
    Tony FinauT7-13
    Webb SimpsonT9-12
    Sergio GarciaT12-11
    Brooks KoepkaT12-11
    Lucas GloverT12-11
    Cameron SmithT12-11
    Xander SchauffeleT20-10
    Jason DayWin-22
    Rickie FowlerT4-14
    Rory McIlroyT4-14
    Dustin JohnsonT7-13
    Hideki MatsuyamaT7-13
    Cameron TringaleT7-13
    Kevin NaT10-12
    Justin RoseT13-11
    Jordan SpiethT13-11
    Justin ThomasT13-11
    Harris EnglishT19-10
    Louis OosthuizenT19-10
    Zach JohnsonWin-16
    Jason DayT4-11
    Matt JonesT8-10
    Charl SchwartzelT810
    Keegan BradleyT16-7
    Jordan SpiethT16-7
    Sergio GarciaT18-5
    Gary WoodlandT18-5
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