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PGA DFS Hole-By-Hole Breakdown - Sony Open


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Welcome to the second edition of the PGA DFS Hole-By-Hole Breakdown where Josh Bennett (@JishSwish) breaks down the course the PGA Tour is playing each week. We think this course breakdown is a key piece of research for DFS each week and should change the way you do your research for every tournament. Having a good understanding of the course that's being played is extremely important before diving into individual players, and this article each week will give you everything you need to know about the course, strategies players could take, and statistics that fit the course.

This week features Wai'alae Country Club in Hawaii for the Sony Open on the PGA Tour. This is the second straight week of a PGA event in Hawaii, but this one is a full field event unlike last week's small tournament of champions field. For those that followed along with the Sentry T.O.C. last week, in the images below you'll immediately notice something different: the fairways are significantly smaller, the greens are significantly smaller, and there are tons of trees and bunkers. You also see much more housing and streets than you do ocean, but it still should have a coastal feel with coastal weather (wind and rain). The front and back nine are swapped for tournament play apparently to use more of the sun, and now I'm wishing my home course would switch nine's so I'm not staring directly into the sun every Friday afternoon at 4 pm. Anyways, on to the course.

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Wai'alae Country Club: Par 70, 7044 Yards

Hole 1: Par 4, 480 Yards

Scoring Avg: 4.05

Difficulty: Course - 6th, 2019 PGA Events - 326th

Off the Tee: The tournament starts off with a pretty difficult hole that requires both distance and accuracy for a decent shot at the green. The fairway is small and the hole is long for a par 4. Trees could be in the way on approach if the tee shot goes too far off-line on either side and laying up off the tee could bring the fairway bunker into play, plus leave a very long approach to the green. There is another tee box behind where the measured yardage is too. If the wind gets howling at their back they could opt to move them back 40-50 yards as well.

Approach: A mid-long iron approach from around 190 yards on the first hole to a 30x20yd green, guarded by bunkers in the front and back. Since they'll be coming into this green with longer irons, dispersion will bring both bunkers into play on most pin locations. They should  be aiming for the middle of the green on this hole and making sure they don't start the tournament off with anything worse than a par.

Advantage: Ball-Striking, SG: Around the Green

 

Hole 2: Par 4, 423 Yards

Scoring Avg: 4.04

Difficulty: Course – 7th, 2019 PGA Events – 345th

Off the Tee: Water left and bunkers right of a tiny fairway makes this hole a less-than-driver hole. There's too much risk on both sides to give this a go with driver, so we should see most of the field landing their tee shots short of the first bunker at about 270 yards and playing the second shot from there.

Approach: The whole field should have an approach between 155-165 yards to a 35x20yd green. There's a large bunker in the front of the green that will be in play on any front pins. If the pins get moved off the front, this hole becomes a scoring hole with these guys hitting short irons into the green.

Advantage: SG: Approach, Approach 150-175, Par 4 Scoring

 

Hole 3: Par 4, 422 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.96

Difficulty: Course – 11th, 2019 PGA Events – 492nd

Off the Tee: This is an almost identical hole to the last one, just on the other side of the lake. The lake has to be taken out of play again, but what makes this hole different is there's not as much trouble on the right side. We may see some of the really long and/or wild hitters still lay up off the tee, but we should see a bunch more drivers hit knowing they can miss a little right and still be safe.

Approach: If they lay up off the tee, the approach should be similar to the last hole. With a driver, the approach will be around 135 yards to a 25x25yd green. Two bunkers on the front left and right sides give a little opening for shots to run up the green if necessary from a long ways away, and one smaller bunker protecting the back of the green. Pin locations should land somewhere near one of those three bunkers on all four rounds to keep scoring down, especially if they are all hitting driver to a wedge.

AdvantageDriving Accuracy, SG: Approach, Par 4 Scoring

 

Hole 4: Par 3, 204 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.08

Difficulty: Course – 4th, 2019 PGA Events – 271st

Approach: The scorecard indicates that this is a long hole, but due to the green size and potential pin locations this hole really can play anywhere between an average length 175 yards or a really long 230 yards. The green is long but it isn't wide and measures about 20x55yds. With bunkers lining the length of the green on both sides, they should opt to play to the middle of this green. By doing that, distance control will be a big key, since a miss short or long could leave 40-50 YARDS worth of green between the player and the hole. 3 putts could be common on this hole.

Advantage: GIR, 3 Putt Avoidance

 

Hole 5: Par 4, 467 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.97

Difficulty: Course – 10th, 2019 PGA Events – 474th

Off the Tee: The fairway on this hole is split into three sections, and the first ditch that splits the fairway pretty much forces everyone's hand to hit driver off this tee. It's a little over 220 yards to carry the first ditch, so laying up is an unlikely option given that any kind of miss-hit probably lands in that ditch. The fairway is small but there should be enough room even if the fairway is missed to still have a shot at the green.

Approach: The second split of the fairway really makes no difference to this hole, it should be easily carried no matter where the ball lands from the tee behind it and it's 50 yards from the front edge of the green so it won't be in play on the approach either. Trouble does come into play around the green though, with three bunkers protecting a 35x20yd green. They should be playing mid-irons into this green from around 175 yards, so well placed pins will bring the bunkers into play. Since the bunkers are all mostly on the front portion of the green, pins will be located there, so they may choose to error long on this hole. A miss long takes all bunkers out of play and leaves a chip back onto the green with a lot of green to work with.

Advantage: Driving Accuracy, Ball-Striking, SG: Around the Green

 

Hole 6: Par 4, 460 Yards

Scoring Avg: 4.17

Difficulty: Course – 2nd, 2019 PGA Events – 112th

Off the Tee: The tee shot off number 6 again is narrow like many of the others. Being long and accurate on this hole will lead to a distinct advantage. The average carry length on tour in the image shows that the fairway bunker is in play and both sides have tree trouble. If they can bomb it over the bunker, they're in prime position for a shorter approach. If they are shorter hitters, they're going to have to stay behind the bunker and play a long approach in, which is less than ideal with the large bunker in front of the green.

Approach: Depending on if the ball is played from in front of or behind the bunker, a mid or long iron will be hit into a 30x25yd green, but it is "L" shaped so it plays much smaller than the measurements. A large bunker guards the front and creates the "L" shape of the green. High trajectory shots from long distances will be key to keeping the ball on this green, giving another little advantage to the bombers who will hit more lofted clubs. No surprise that this is the second hardest hole on the course.

Advantage: Ball-Striking, SG: Off the Tee, Driving Distance, SG: Around the Green

 

Hole 7: Par 3, 176 Yards

Scoring Avg: 2.87

Difficulty: Course – 15th, 2019 PGA Events – 615th

Approach: Hitting the green should be no problem on this huge 40x30yd green. However, if they do happen to miss it, they'll more than likely be playing out of one of the bunkers that surround the green. It's long enough that they can't put a wedge-like spin on these to get to every pin, but it's also short enough that the green should be relatively easy to hit each round.

Advantage: GIR, SG: Approach

 

Hole 8: Par 4, 454 Yards

Scoring Avg: 4.01

Difficulty: Course – 8th, 2019 PGA Events – 404th

Off the Tee: A cool looking tee shot through a tunnel of trees that isn't so cool after it gets out of the trees. An average length player will need to turn the ball right-to-left or it will end up in one of the fairway bunkers with driver. We may see some layups off the tee with fairway woods to make sure the ball doesn't make it to the bunkers.

Approach: As long as the drive avoids the sand, nothing more than 160 yards into another long 20x35yd green. Bunkers again are on the front portion of the green on both the left and right sides. One or the other will probably be in play for all the pin locations. Similarly to the 5th hole, they may error long on this hole which will be safe from the sand and leave a chip back with a lot of green to work with.

Advantage: Driving Accuracy, Ball-Striking, SG: Approach

 

Hole 9: Par 5, 506 Yards

Scoring Avg: 4.28

Difficulty: Course – 18th, 2019 PGA Events – 824th

Off the Tee: Finally, to the first of the two par 5's and the easiest hole on the course. Enjoy this one because there isn't another one until the last hole of the round. It's short for a par 5 but the tee shot has to be relatively straight. Out of bounds lines both sides with errant tee shots and there's also a large fairway bunker on the left side. The bunker can be cleared by the long hitters and should be avoidable by the accurate short hitters. For those that are really wild off the tee, a layup isn't a bad idea either given how short this hole is. The green can be reached by everyone in the field as long as the ball is kept in play.

Approach: Around 200 yards to a large 30x30yd green, again, guarded by two bunkers in the front on the left and right sides. Long is no good on this approach unless playing from underneath a car tire in the parking lot sounds fun, so we will see a lot of misses into those bunkers as laying up doesn't make much sense with how short this hole is. Even if the green is missed, a good short game or bunker game should give up quite a few birdies here.

Advantage: Ball-Striking, SG: Around the Green, Par 5 Scoring

 

Hole 10: Par 4, 351 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.90

Difficulty: Course – 14th, 2019 PGA Events – 579th

Off the Tee: The back nine starts with the first short hole on the course and it should be an easy one if they can keep the ball straight off the tee. The fairway isn't wide enough to hold inaccurate tee shots, and the bombers will have to risk the right side with driver to avoid the bunker up near the green on the left. Those confident with the driver can let it rip and have a short pitch to the green. We could also see a handful of the field hitting less than driver and still having a wedge to the green.

Approach: Assuming driver is hit, all that's left is under 100 yards to a square-looking 20x35yd green. The only protection is on the front right and really shouldn't be in play at all given that the whole field will be hitting wedges and probably not full swings with them to the green. There should be lots of scoring on this hole by those that can hit it straight off the tee.

Advantage: Driving Accuracy, Ball-Striking, Par 4 Scoring

 

Hole 11: Par 3, 194 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.15

Difficulty: Course – 3rd, 2019 PGA Events – 144th

Approach: Another relatively long par 3 playing at a 20x25yd green. A large bunker on the left guards the whole left side of the green and there's a small bunker on the front right. At this point, the designers must have decided they're putting a bunker at the front of every green no matter what. Anyways, the green is decent sized and they should just do their best to knock it on somewhere towards the middle of the green and get their par and move on. The par 3's are not easy on this course, especially this one. They should take their pars and look for scoring elsewhere.

Advantage: GIR

 

Hole 12: Par 4, 440 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.81

Difficulty: Course – 16th, 2019 PGA Events – 665th

Off the Tee: The back nine is home to some of the easier holes on the course, this being one of them. Again, the fairway isn't very wide, but there's room to miss on both sides this time unlike much of the rest of the course, which is why this hole plays easier than the others. Long hitters may find trouble with the far bunker on the left, but they really have to crush it to get there.

Approach: Some may get wedges into this green and the rest will have short irons into this 20x25yd green, and finally a green that has the front wide open. They do have bunkers on both sides towards the middle, but they shouldn't be too much in play with wedges in hand. This should be a scoring hole for most of the field.

Advantage: Ball-Striking, SG: Approach, Par 4 Scoring

 

Hole 13: Par 4, 477 Yards

Scoring Avg: 4.22

Difficulty: Course – 1st, 2019 PGA Events – 60th

Off the Tee: A long hole that could be made longer since the measured distance doesn't make it all the way back to the back of the tee box. Another hole that has trouble with misses off the tee both left and right. If they want any chance at getting this ball on the green it has to be right down the middle of the tiny fairway. The green will be very hard to hit from the bunker or the rough especially with the trees in the way. Straight is key on this hole.

Approach: Almost a 200-yard approach to a 25x30yd green assuming the ball is in the fairway. Larger bunkers again protect the left and right sides and another bunker is towards the front of the green. All of these bunkers will be in play due to the length of the approach. Hitting a green in regulation with a two-putt will be a great score on one of the harder holes on tour.

Advantage: Driving Accuracy, Ball-Striking, GIR, SG: Around the Green

 

Hole 14: Par 4, 430 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.91

Difficulty: Course – 13th, 2019 PGA Events – 567th

Off the Tee: Dogleg left that will be tough even if they have a natural right-to-left curve to their swing. Overcooking it even slightly could wind up in the bunker, and not turning it over almost surely winds up through the fairway and into the rough or trees. This hole plays shorter than it's measured though, so we could see some of the field lay up to ensure a fairway and then take a mid-iron in from there.

Approach: The approach is less difficult than the tee shot. Once again, bunkers are on both sides and towards the front of a 20x35yd green. The bunkers may be in play on tucked pins, but short clubs into this hole make those less of a problem than previous holes. Hit it in the fairway and birdie is a good possibility.

Advantage: Driving Accuracy, SG: Approach, Par 4 Scoring

 

Hole 15: Par 4, 398 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.95

Difficulty: Course – 12th, 2019 PGA Events – 501st

Off the Tee: This is a short par 4, but if any hole has made it obvious so far they didn't want the bombers to have a distinct advantage on this course it's this one. It would be a surprise to see anyone hit driver on this hole because of how narrow it is the farther down the fairway it gets. Plus, the hole is so short that any fairway-finder club will still leave some type of wedge into the green.

Approach: The whole field should be hitting a wedge into this 20x30yd green. Another large bunker towards the front of the green and two towards the back protect the green from missed wedges, but in general, it shouldn't be much of a problem because of how close they're hitting from. There should be a good amount of birdies on this hole.

Advantage: Driving Accuracy, SG: Approach, Par 4 Scoring

 

Hole 16: Par 4, 417 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.99

Difficulty: Course – 9th, 2019 PGA Events – 438th

Off the Tee: We're through 16 holes and the theme off the tee has been mostly the same and this hole is no different. Small fairway, plus bunkers, trees, and out-of-bounds all in play. Another right-to-left tee shot is ideal and will leave a short approach into this hole. Some of the field may also choose to lay up behind that first bunker leaving a mid-iron approach into a difficult green. No matter what they choose, the fairway has to be hit to have a shot at the green.

Approach: A drive hit around the corner could leave a wedge into this 15x35yd green, others could have over 160 yards in. Speaking of themes throughout the course, here we again have bunkers that line both the left and right sides of the green, and a couple of them AGAIN are towards the front of the green. An approach from a longer distance will be forced to be towards the center of the green to avoid all the bunkers. A player that bends their tee shot around the corner will be rewarded with a wedge into this green and be able to go after almost any pin. Risk appetite will be tested throughout this hole.

Advantage: Driving Accuracy, Ball-Striking

 

Hole 17: Par 3, 194 Yards

Scoring Avg: 3.08

Difficulty: Course – 5th, 2019 PGA Events – 272nd

Approach: The third par 3 that plays over 190 yards and it's not any easier than the other two. The green is 15x35yds and it's a little diagonal to the players which should entice a right-to-left ball flight. Three bunkers on the right cover the whole right side and one large one on the left covers almost the whole left side will likely have players firing at the center of the green again and taking what's left from there. As was mentioned on the previous par 3, this is not where the scoring on the course comes from, they should be happy heading into the last hole not having dropped any strokes.

Advantage: GIR, SG: Around the Green

 

Hole 18: Par 5, 551 Yards

Scoring Avg: 4.49

Difficulty: Course – 17th, 2019 PGA Events – 792nd

Off the Tee: No surprise here, trees and bunkers are lurking on the final tee shot, but as long as the players have average power and keep it a little left they should be clear and in the fairway. Another right-to-left ball flight wouldn't hurt either. Those that can keep it left and over the bunker will have a fairway wood or possibly long iron into this surprisingly unprotected green. If they go right off this tee the green may not be reachable.

Approach: It took every hole before this one, but the tournament finally gets to a hole where greenside bunkers do not basically surround the green. This green does have one bunker on the front left, but there is space to miss right of this green. No doubt pin locations will gravitate towards that one single bunker, so a miss right also leaves a lot of this 25x30yd green to work with coming back. As long as the second shot finds it's way up near this green, there should be no issues logging a birdie to close out the round.

Advantage: Ball-Striking, SG: Around the Green, Par 5 Scoring

 

Conclusions

It's very obvious that the designers and re-designers of this course did not want the bombers to have any advantage. The fairways are narrow, bunkers and trees are in the way on almost every tee shot, and very wayward drives end up out of bounds. For those reasons, Driving Accuracy will be extremely important this week.

In addition to keeping the ball straight off the tee, accurate approach shots are needed to make sure the ball stays out of all of these green-side bunkers as much as possible. Those with strong Shots Gained: Approach numbers as well as overall good Ball-Strikers will do well because they'll avoid most of the trouble all over the course.

Mentioned multiple times, but par 3 scoring is going to be difficult. All of them are pretty long and the greens are protected. Par is a good score on all four of them. There's only two par 5's and they are the easiest holes on the course, but even a birdie on both of them each round won't be enough to keep in contention. These guys will need to hit the ball straight off the tee, hit it on the green, and then score well on the Par 4's in order to climb the leaderboard.

The fairways and greens obviously will be hard to hit, so good Scramblers will keep themselves in contention throughout the weekend. Also, those with good Sand Save percentages should do well, it will be hard to go a round without hitting a couple of the bunkers around this course.

Assumptions

Images and measurements were done on Google Earth. These satellite images can sometimes be up to 5 or more years old and not show very recent changes to courses if there were any.

Carry distance is used for off-the-tee distances shown in the images. The average carry distance on tour in 2019 was 281 yards, so that was the distance used here.

I used a total dispersion off-the-tee of 60 yards. This comes from an article that Jon Sherman wrote for Practical Golf (@practicalgolf) discussing average dispersion, and I took 5-10 yards off from that number.

I assumed a 10-15 yard roll out from the carry distance to start the measurement to the green. Measurements to the green were rounded to the nearest 5 yards and measured from the center of the fairway to the center of the green.

Green measurements were also measured to the nearest 5 yards.

Things like weather, large elevation changes, rough length, etc. are not taken into consideration on the measurements. I can only see and assume so much from satellite images. However, I do note where possible on each hole if things like elevation and wind could impact how the hole plays.

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The King's Week 7 Fantasy Football Lineup Rankings (Premium Content)

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Slow Starters Ready to Break Out in Fantasy?

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How to Value Clyde Edwards-Helaire with Le'Veon Bell in KC

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Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Week 7

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Coaching Matters: Offenses That Will Improve From Week 6

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Fantasy GMs are to be commended for rising to the unique challenges that have unfolded during this regular season. Injuries to critical players is an unwelcome reality that occurs every year. This is also the case for backs that were expected to operate as RB1s, but have been relegated to committees. However, this season has... Read More


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