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PGA DFS: TPC River Highlands Course Preview and Trends

After a week out in Pebble Beach for an exciting U.S. Open, we’re heading east to scenic Cromwell, Connecticut to TPC River Highlands. This course has been in the rotation since 1992. It’s a short Pete Dye design, coming in at about 6,800 yards and is a par 70. The poa annua greens run reasonably fast — around 11.5 feet on the stimpmeter. They are some of the smaller greens on tour, averaging about 5,000 square feet. The course features four water hazards and is littered with 69 bunkers.

PAST WINNERS

Golfer Year Winning Score DraftKings Points
Bubba Watson 2018 -17 121.5
Jordan Spieth 2017 -12 111.5
Russell Knox 2016 -14 110
Bubba Watson 2015 -16 113
Kevin Streelman 2014 -15 120.5

OFF THE TEE

Looking through the list of winners over the past five years, it should be apparent that there are multiple ways to win at this course. There are 49 golfers that have finished in the top five of DK scoring since 2010. Just over 28% (14/49) of golfers in that group hit the top 10 in driving distance compared to 25% (12/49) that hit that threshold for driving accuracy. Hitting either of those ranks here hasn’t led to much of a difference in DK scoring outcome.

Ranking DK Average
Top 10 Driving Accuracy 74.85
Top 10 Driving Distance 75.44

With that being said, accuracy across the whole field is more highly correlated to DK Scoring than distance. Getting in position off the tee is always important at Dye designs.

Good Drives Rank* (Last 2 Months) Golfer (Salary)
1 Chez Reavie ($8,400)
2 Colt Knost ($6,000)
3 Emiliano Grillo ($7,900)
4 Keegan Bradley ($7,700)
5 Adam Hadwin ($7,600)
6 Paul Casey ($9,500)
7 Kevin Streelman ($8,200)
8 Brian Harman ($7,400)
9 Boo Weekley ($6,200)
10 Brooks Koepka ($11,800)

*Good drives is a statistic that counts when a golfer hits the fairway but also counts when a golfer misses the fairway but still manages to hit the green in regulation.

ON APPROACH

Greens in regulation explains about 26% of DK scoring at this track. That’s about average as far as all the courses on Tour goes. Golfers that finished in the top ten of GIR here have averaged about 78 DK points. Two-thirds of the golfers who’ve managed to break 100 DK points here since 2010 have finished in the top 25 of GIR.

GIR Rank (Last Two Months) Golfer (Salary)
1 Brooks Koepka ($11,800)
2 Kevin Streelman ($8,200)
3 Paul Casey ($9,500)
4 Emiliano Grillo ($7,900)
5 Viktor Hovland ($7,900 – 4 Rounds)
6 Kevin Tway ($7,400)
7 Nick Watney ($7,200)
8 Hank Lebioda ($6,700)
9 Russell Knox ($7,700)
10 Keegan Bradley ($7,700)

Key Stats

  • Greens in Regulation
  • Driving Accuracy
  • SG: Putting (Bent)
Image Credit: Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Bubba Watson.

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