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The PGA TOUR schedule resumes this week with the limited-field, Tournament of Champions.

There are just 38 golfers prepped to take on The Plantation Course at Kapalua with no cutline to worry about. Everyone that enters will be guaranteed four rounds of action.

With the entire field not playing an official FedExCup event for over a month, form is not something we need to lean on this week. Instead, let's take a look at some longer-term stats to see if we can pluck out some value for our Yahoo roster builds.

First things first, let's look at who performs well on courses that let you grip-it and rip-it off the tee.

Then we will see who can get the putter rolling on bermudagrass greens.

Driver-Heavy Courses

Power is not required at Kapalua but it is a course where you can hit lots of drivers.

The course features some of the widest fairways on TOUR and there are also just three par 3s.

Here are the top performers (strokes gained per round) on driver-heavy courses, over the last two years:

Jon Rahm
Xander Schauffele
Daniel Berger
Viktor Hovland
Hideki Matsuyama
Tony Finau
Patrick Reed
Brooks Koepka
Garrick Higgo
Bryson DeChambeau

We can also look at a golfer's performance versus their baseline to see who over-performs most. Here is that list:

Garrick Higgo
Marc Leishman
Cameron Champ
Hideki Matsuyama
Brooks Koepka
Viktor Hovland
Lucas Herbert
Branden Grace
Talor Gooch
Max Homa

Overlap List: the names that show up on both lists include Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, and Garrick Higgo.

Garrick Higgo ($20): The young South African is living the dream right now after a quick ascent up the ranks. During his time in Europe, he has performed better on easy courses that you can bomb and gouge your way to success. But he also won in a tougher scoring environment at Palmetto. At the minimum salary this week, he is an interesting candidate for roster construction if you want to squeeze in some star power at the top.

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Bermudagrass Putting

The Plantation Course at Kapalua has wall-to-wall bermudagrass.

Having the ability to read grainy bermuda is a skill many in the Southeast have learned very well over the years.

Here are the top performers (strokes gained putting per round) on bermuda greens, since the start of the 2020 season:

Patrick Reed
Sam Burns
Billy Horschel
Bryson DeChambeau
Kevin Kisner
Garrick Higgo
Harris English
Sungjae Im
Cameron Smith
Xander Schauffele

Sam Burns ($39): You don't get the nickname "Bermuda Burns" for nothing. The LSU product has proven his love of bermuda over the years and that is what he'll see this week at Kapalua. Some mid-tier golfers will go their entire careers and only lead or co-lead after a few rounds on the PGA TOUR. For Burns, he managed to post a lead or co-lead after THIRTEEN rounds last season alone.

Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!