Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland
Par 71, 7,569 yards
The Blue course at Congressional Country Club is a par 71 and measures just over 7,500 yards. This course has only three par 5’s and four par 3’s. It has 11 par 4’s, three of which measure over 490 yards so it will certainly suit the big hitters.
Congressional Country Club hosted this tournament from 2007 – 2009. Then Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania played host in 2010 and 2011 due to the US Open taking place in Congressional in 2011. The course underwent some changes in design with some new trees added to make it more difficult for the US Open. The greens were also renovated with the poa annua grass being replaced with bentgrass.
There will be an emphasis on driving accuracy as well as distance on this course as the fairways are rolling and tree lined so accuracy will be key. The rough is quite a bit thicker than what the players are used to and can be quite penalizing if you miss the fairways. There are also roughly 100 bunkers so hitting the greens in regulation along with a good putting will be of key importance here. The greens are big but can be extremely fast so a good touch will be a big advantage.
Since 2007, the average winning score here has been between -8 and -13 so the scoring won’t be too low. This course is ranked one of the most difficult on the PGA Tour and should be a huge challenge for the players this week.
Jason Day 12/1
Jason Day comes into this week with three good performances in his last four events. He had a good week at The Masters in Augusta recording a respectable T20th, finishing two over par for the tournament. He then travelled to Pinehurst for the US Open and played solidly for the four days finishing on one over par for the tournament getting himself into T4th. Last week at The Travellers he also played well finishing in T18th which included a super final round 65.
Day has a very good record on this course over the last three years. In 2013 he finished T21st, eighth in 2012 and he also finished in second in the 2011 US Open here. With great current form and solid ball striking throughout the last few events, not to mention super previous form here, Jason Day looks well worth a look here this week.
Brandt Snedeker 25/1
Sneds looks to be playing some good golf his last two events and seems to be coming back into some good form. He had a great week in Pinehurst at The US Open shooting 69,68,72,73 finishing on two over par in total and T9th for the tournament. He followed that with another good performance last week at the Travellers finishing T11th which included an excellent final round 64.
Snedeker’s history at Congressional is pretty impressive over the last few years. Besides a missed cut in 2008, he hasn’t finished worse than 11th in his last five appearances here. He finished eighth last year, 11th in 2011, fifth in 2009 and eighth in 2007. Statswise he ranks 41st in driving accuracy, 36th in strokes gained putting and fifth in putts from 10-15 feet, which will be helpful on these greens. With a course history like Snedeker’s, it’s hard to leave him out this week.
Brendon Todd 28/1
Since winning the Byron Nelson Classic a few weeks ago, Brendon Todd has proved he is no one hit wonder and has followed that super performance with two top 10’s and a top 20 in his last three events. He played well at The Crowne Plaza at Colonial shooting four steady rounds in the 60’s to finish T5th. He had another solid week at The Memorial finishing in T8th, five strokes behind the eventual winner Hideki Matsuyama. Todd also put in three great rounds in the 60’s around Pinehurst and could have finished a lot better if it weren’t for a disappointing third round 79.
Statswise he ranks 30th in driving accuracy, seventh in strokes gained putting, fifth in par 3 performance and 21st in par 4 performance. Todd also recorded a top 15 finish here last year finishing in 13th for the week. He comes here this week in much better form and could be a big contender.
KJ Choi 33/1
KJ is playing some good golf over his last three events. He had a good week at TPC Sawgrass at The Players Championship finishing in a respectable T13 for the week, which could have been a lot better if it weren’t for a disappointing first round 74. He then followed that with another respectable performance at The Memorial finishing in T28th. Last week at The Travellers, he played very steady opening with a couple of 65’s and finishing 69,67 to finish T2nd.
KJ is another player with a good history at this event and won it in 2007. He was also runner up to Nick Watney in 2011 when it was held in Aronimink in Pennsylvania. Statswise he ranks 10th in strokes gained putting, second in GIR from 125 yards, first in approaches from 125-150 and 15th in approaches from 150-175. Good approach stats will be key for these 11 par 4’s.
Carl Pettersson 66/1
Pettersson has caught my eye over the last couple of weeks and appears to be coming into some decent form lately. He has had two very good performances in his last two events, the first came with a T3 at The FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind where he shot two opening 67’s and finished with two 69’s to finish on eight under par for the week. He then followed that with another steady week at The Travellers finishing in T7th on 11 under par in total.
Statswise Pettersson ranks 45th in driving distance, 31st in par 4 performance, 18th in approaches from 175-200 yards and ninth in par 4 birdie or better leaders. He’s a man in good form at the moment and it could certainly continue here this week.
Jason Day 2pts EW/ 4 pts total
Brandt Snedeker 1.5pts EW/ 3 pts total
Brendon Todd 1.5 pts EW/ 3 pts total
KJ Choi 1 pt EW/ 2 pts total
Carl Pettersson 1 pt EW / 2 pts total
Total Staked = 14 pts
Good Luck and enjoy the golf,
Follow me on Twitter @Doublebogey63
Like me on Facebook www.facebook.com/doublebogey6