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  • BIF

    Here is some info from PGATour.com on the next event

    COURSE: TPC River Highlands, 6,841 yards, par 70. River Highlands is actually the third layout on this bluff overlooking the Connecticut River, where the game has been played since 1928. Pete Dye gave the site a complete renovation when he arrived in 1982, and Bobby Weed added an upgrade seven years later in consultation with former PGA TOUR pros Howard Twitty and Roger Maltbie. Nos. 15-17 play around a four-acre lake, helping create a finish considered among the most exciting on TOUR. Peter Jacobsen triumphed when the Greater Hartford Open relocated there in 1984, then turned back the clock 19 years later to win it again.

    FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 points.

    CHARITY: New England Charities, which has given more than $33 million to various organizations since its formation in 1952. This year’s list tops 180 charities, including the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, The First Tee of Connecticut, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Mark Twain Museum.

    FIELD WATCH: World No. 6 Bubba Watson and Paul Casey, last year’s playoff combatants, head a roster that features 12 of the top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings. … No. 12 Branden Grace, No. 14 Patrick Reed and No. 15 Louis Oosthuizen also help create a strong top of the lineup. … Jon Rahm, whose share of second at the RBC Canadian Open clinched special temporary status for the rest of the season, is among four freshly minted pros in the field. He’s joined by recent collegians Lee McCoy (Georgia), Robby Shelton (Alabama) and Jordan Niebrugge (Oklahoma State). … Also playing on special temporary status is Bryson DeChambeau, who tied for fourth in his pro debut at the RBC Heritage.

    • 72-HOLE RECORD: 258, Kenny Perry (2009).

    • 18-HOLE RECORD: 60, Tommy Bolt (2nd round, 1954 at Wethersfield CC), Patrick Cantlay (2nd round, 2011).

    LAST YEAR: Watson staved off a fast-closing Casey for his eighth PGA TOUR win, though he needed to go two playoff holes to accomplish it. Watson held a three-shot advantage with five holes left, but a bogey at River Highlands’ 17th hole opened the door when Casey birdied three of his last five to finish off a 65. After both parred the first playoff hole, Casey stumbled on the third play at No.18 when his third shot from a greenside bunker flew the green and landed on a cart path. Watson’s wedge from 160 yards came to rest 8 feet from the hole, setting up the clinching birdie. The victory improved Watson’s record to 5-1 in playoffs, including a three-way playoff at the 2010 Travelers for his first TOUR trimph.

    STORYLINES: Six of the past 10 Travelers winners have made it their first, including four in a row from Watson’s 2010 triumph to Ken Duke in 2013. … River Highlands will feature 56 players who teed it up at Baltusrol for this week’s PGA Championship. With the Travelers in its usual post-U.S. Open slot, three of its past six winners did not play the major a week earlier. … Six players are set to go from River Highlands to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Tournament, including three-fourths of the U.S. team: Watson, Reed and Matt Kuchar.

    SHORT CHIPS: Just four New Englanders have won in Hartford, though two came back-to-back in 2005 (Brad Faxon) and 2006 (J.J. Henry). The others are Paul Azinger (1987, ’89) and Bob Toski (1953) … In the tournament’s 63-year history, only Phil Mickelson (2001-02) has managed to win it back-to-back. … Actor Kevin Nealon and and ESPN’s Chris Berman top the marquee for the Wednesday celebrity pro-am. That lineup also includes former Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, two-time NBA champion Ray Allen and former UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun.

    TELEVISION:Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

    PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (featured groups), 3-6 p.m. (featured holes). Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (featured holes).

  • 4Champion

    This is in my backyard. I grew up going to this tournament when it was called the Canon Greater Hartford Open and I’ve played this course a ton. I’ll be there most of the week and I’ll report back what I see. I’m hoping for a major sweat going into the weekend

  • walkoff9

    Looking at the course, it just screams accuracy. Does not seem to be much advantage for bombers. Only a couple real long par 4’s. The 2 par 5’s are similar to this past week in that 1 is extremely difficult to reach in 2 and the other is reachable for all but the shortest of hitters. Will be more scoring than we have seen lately, with all the major bunched together. Expect the cut to be under par, and the winning score well into double digits under par. Water comes into play on a few holes towards the end, so Friday afternoon will bring some serious heartbreak.

    Past results:

    2015: -16 winning score (playoff) -2 Cut
    2014: -15 winning score -1 Cut
    2013: -12 winning score (playoff) Even par Cut
    2012: -14 winning score Even par Cut
    2011: -20 winning score -4 Cut
    2010: -14 winning score (3 man playoff) -2 Cut

  • awilson45

    Gonna go with 100% of the New People’s Champion, Keegan Bradley

  • tprokopenko

    Did anyone notice if DK changed the payout structure on the $33 tournament? I swear I looked at payouts when the tournaments were released, and the minimum cash was $65, as I remember being happy to see that. However, now the structure is different, and they are using the minimum cash of $50.

  • flip4flop

    Birdie is also flatter this week. Similar to what they have been doing with MLB. Need a solid week here to try and rebuild the roll a little.

  • Dewoc19

    @awilson45 said...

    Gonna go with 100% of the New People’s Champion, Keegan Bradley

    I took Keegan last week and it worked out great except for the DJ and Woodland MC in that same lineup

  • BIF

    @walkoff9 said...

    Looking at the course, it just screams accuracy. Does not seem to be much advantage for bombers. Only a couple real long par 4’s. The 2 par 5’s are similar to this past week in that 1 is extremely difficult to reach in 2 and the other is reachable for all but the shortest of hitters. Will be more scoring than we have seen lately, with all the major bunched together. Expect the cut to be under par, and the winning score well into double digits under par. Water comes into play on a few holes towards the end, so Friday afternoon will bring some serious heartbreak.

    Past results:

    2015: -16 winning score (playoff) -2 Cut
    2014: -15 winning score -1 Cut
    2013: -12 winning score (playoff) Even par Cut
    2012: -14 winning score Even par Cut
    2011: -20 winning score -4 Cut
    2010: -14 winning score (3 man playoff) -2 Cut

    Agree with everything you said and with that, I don’t get how Bubba has dominated here so much – it must suit his eye with the doglegs as otherwise it doesn’t really fit something where you’d expect him to dominate.

  • RangerC

    Man quite the break from Euro tour – if you consider the Open not to belong specifically to either tour like all the majors, we haven’t had an event since the Scottish Open and we won’t have an event until 8/18 (!) because DK has nothing for the match play this week.

  • Cbed11

    @tprokopenko said...

    Did anyone notice if DK changed the payout structure on the $33 tournament? I swear I looked at payouts when the tournaments were released, and the minimum cash was $65, as I remember being happy to see that. However, now the structure is different, and they are using the minimum cash of $50.

    I could have sworn when they first opened the contest, it was $30k to first. But now it is $50k. Did not notice what the total guarantee was.

  • thedude404

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    who wants h2h action? keep it small ball. once i overcome i’m assuming what will be a massive hangover i’ll take something postive from this week.

  • tprokopenko

    @Cbed11 said...

    I could have sworn when they first opened the contest, it was $30k to first. But now it is $50k. Did not notice what the total guarantee was.

    Yes, I also thought it was $30k to first, in addition to a minimum cash of $65. I’m definitely convinced the payout structure was changed.

  • gibbathy

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    @BIF said...

    Agree with everything you said and with that, I don’t get how Bubba has dominated here so much – it must suit his eye with the doglegs as otherwise it doesn’t really fit something where you’d expect him to dominate.

    Over the last six years the field average for fairway accuracy is almost 70%. That is on the easier side of Tour average. Same can be said for GIR’s. Scrambling is around Tour average too. I don’t think this course sets up to one style. Bubba has won it twice recently, but Freddie Jak as won, Cink has won and Duke has won.

  • billholler

    I am actually surprised at the level of talent in this tournament. Lot’s of upper mid ranged players along with the studs listed in original post.

  • TJRhodes

    Come on DK, release the salaries already.

  • deactivated70770

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    @TJRhodes said...

    Come on DK, release the salaries already.

    They usually wait until the monday qualifier is finished on normal weeks. Always have a Monday qualifier at normal PGA events.

  • BIF

    @slpanthers24 said...

    They usually wait until the monday qualifier is finished on normal weeks. Always have a Monday qualifier at normal PGA events.

    I don’t think the timing of the qualifier and their salary release are related as they never put those guys in the tourney field for salaries anyways – for example Corey Conners and Ben Taylor were 2 of the 4-spot guys I remember at Canadian Open and were not in the salaries.

    DK usually releases salaries somewhere around Noon ET to 2pm ET – by that time “most” of the WD’s (field changes) have usually occurred.

  • MrSnuffleupagus

    Its after 2pm when they release the line up seems like lately

  • IceDog

    if the tournament doesn’t fill they adjust prizes accordingly

  • deactivated70770

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    @BIF said...

    I don’t think the timing of the qualifier and their salary release are related as they never put those guys in the tourney field for salaries anyways – for example Corey Conners and Ben Taylor were 2 of the 4-spot guys I remember at Canadian Open and were not in the salaries.

    DK usually releases salaries somewhere around Noon ET to 2pm ET – by that time “most” of the WD’s (field changes) have usually occurred.

    The open is not a normal event. I have seen many monday qualifiers in the field on these normal events.

  • KJP24

    @IceDog said...

    if the tournament doesn’t fill they adjust prizes accordingly

    No. It’s gauranteed and all the money paid is pre determined

  • BIF

    @slpanthers24 said...

    The open is not a normal event. I have seen many monday qualifiers in the field on these normal events.

    I disagree as the Canadian Open operates as a normal PGA event with a 4 spot qualifier played Monday morning at a diff course like all the other normal events. Also almost every Monday qualifier event ends up in a playoff as you often have 90 guys playing for 4 spots so they are rarely ever complete by 1pm ET given that guys are still teeing off until close to 10am.

    I don’t want to argue as I don’t really care – and besides I haven’t seen a Monday qualifier that I’d want to roster on my lineup anyways.

  • TJRhodes

    @BIF said...

    I disagree as the Canadian Open operates as a normal PGA event with a 4 spot qualifier played Monday morning at a diff course like all the other normal events. Also almost every Monday qualifier event ends up in a playoff as you often have 90 guys playing for 4 spots so they are rarely ever complete by 1pm ET given that guys are still teeing off until close to 10am.

    I don’t want to argue as I don’t really care – and besides I haven’t seen a Monday qualifier that I’d want to roster on my lineup anyways.

    Yea, I can’t see them waiting a long time for some qualifier, when people could be entering lineups that actually matter with only 2-3 days before lock.

  • thetitanlb

    @BIF said...

    I don’t think the timing of the qualifier and their salary release are related as they never put those guys in the tourney field for salaries anyways – for example Corey Conners and Ben Taylor were 2 of the 4-spot guys I remember at Canadian Open and were not in the salaries.

    DK usually releases salaries somewhere around Noon ET to 2pm ET – by that time “most” of the WD’s (field changes) have usually occurred.

    They always wait for the betting lines to be released

  • thetitanlb

    It’s the vettin odds guys. Usually lineups come out a litter earlier or a little later depending on when Vegas releases lines

  • deactivated70770

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    Ok. I will buy what BIF is saying. Makes more sense but there have been some good Monday qualifiers the past few years with all these studs young college guys trying to get into events. I’m taking one if they are indeed in the field. I hope.

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