Yahoo Golf Talk: Sentry TOC

Josh Culp
·2 min read

It's time to shake off the holiday rust and get back into the week-to-week grind that is the PGA TOUR schedule.

The course this week is Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course. It's hosted in 1999 so there is lots of history to look. However, this is a limited field each year so there aren't many consistent visitors. As a result, we can blend course history with course fit to find out what golfers might like the course.

I talked about performance in the wind and performance on easy courses yesterday but today let's focus on some putting stats.

Bermuda Putting

The Plantation Course at Kapalua features TifEagle Bermuda putting surfaces. Let's see who can roll the rock best on these grainy greens.

These golfers have been the most consistent at gaining strokes putting on courses with bermuda greens, over the last two years:

Harris English
Brendon Todd
Webb Simpson
Xander Schauffele
Billy Horschel
Sungjae Im
Kevin Kisner
Sebastian Munoz
Cameron Smith
Hudson Swafford

Harris English ($35): The Georgia Bulldog has been one of the best players on the planet over the last year or year and a half. He's showing no signs of slowing down and now he gets to putt on some bermudagrass which is comfortable for him, having grown up in the Southeast.

Lag Putting

The greens at Kapalua are big and they got even bigger during the 2019 renovation. They now have an average square footage of 8,722 feet which is much larger than TOUR average which sits closer to 6,500 square feet. Some of the largest targets on TOUR now.

With large greens, the emphasis on lag putting should only increase. Golfers will hit greens in regulation at a high clip but they may be left with some lengthy putts after the approach.

Here are the 10 golfers that have gained the most strokes putting from outside of 25 feet, over the last six months.

Brendon Todd
Abraham Ancer
Dustin Johnson
Jon Rahm
Bryson DeChambeau
Kevin Kisner
Mackenzie Hughes
Lanto Griffin
Scottie Scheffler
Daniel Berger

Mackenzie Hughes ($20): It appears that the Canadian has purchased some magic short-game beans and the magic hasn't run out yet. Over his last 20 events he's averaging 1.5 strokes gained around-the-green and 2.8 strokes putting. That is 3.2 strokes higher than his career baseline, on a per-event level. Short game is generally less predictable from week to week but when you have a long run like this I think it's safe to keep investing until the magic runs out.

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