Yahoo Golf Talk: Vivint Houston Open

Josh Culp
·2 min read

The PGA TOUR makes a pitstop at Memorial Park Golf Course this week for the Vivint Houston Open.

Memorial Park was freshly renovated over the last two years and it's ready for the challenge of hosting a big event. There is no course history to lean on this week since the course hasn't hosted a TOUR event since the 1960s.

The course will be playing as a par 70 with five par 3s and three par 5s. Three par 5s should provide more scoring chances than a typical par-70 layout. Par 5s typically see a birdie-or-better rate over 40 percent on TOUR which is more than double the par-4 rate (17%). Of course par 3s don't provide much scoring at all (14%) but that extra par 5 more than makes up the difference when comparing this to a normal par 70 which traditionally has just two par 5s.

When trying to get 6-of-6 through the cutline this week, we should know it's a standard top 65 and ties week so a relatively large chunk will play the weekend when you consider the field is limited to just 132 golfers.

For turf, golfers will see bermudagrass greens this week that are prepped to be running 12 to 12.5 feet on the Stimpmeter.

Let's look at some stats that might help us fill out our Yahoo golf lineups:

Bermuda Putting

In yesterday's article I talked about general performance on courses with bermudagrass greens but how about dialing in on putting specifically?

These golfers have the best strokes gained putting stats on bermuda greens, over the last two years:

Denny McCarthy
Patton Kizzire
Andrew Putnam
Sam Burns
J.T. Poston
Kristoffer Ventura
Charl Schwartzel
Lanto Griffin
Vaughn Taylor
Beau Hossler
Patrick Rodgers
Jamie Lovemark
Hunter Mahan
Sungjae Im
Jordan Spieth

Sam Burns ($24) can roll his rock anywhere but it bermudagrass greens where he does his best work. His nine best measured putting weeks have all come on bermudagrass courses.

Par 3 Scoring

There are five par 3s at Memorial Park this week. These aren't going to provide a lot of scoring opportunities but playing them well does allow a golfer more freedom on the scoring holes.

Here are the most consistent par-3 scorers since the restart:

Russell Henley
Stewart Cink
Charley Hoffman
Aaron Wise
Cameron Tringale
Wyndham Clark
Brooks Koepka
Pat Perez
Tyrrell Hatton
Ryan Armour
Mackenzie Hughes
Jason Dufner
J.T. Poston
Tyler Duncan
Sepp Straka

Russell Henley ($34): The Georgia Bulldog is a tournament horse here but he'll need to take his talents over to a new course this week. He should enjoy the challenge of five par 3s this week, though, based on the numbers above. He will be very popular at this price due to his incoming form log which shows back-to-back top 10s and four top 10s in his last six starts overall.

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