Filling the gap between Thanksgiving and more minor tourneys next week prior to the holiday break, the PGA moves to the Albany resort in The Bahamas.
Checking in with five each par threes and fives, Albany, which located on the same island as Nassau, logs in at 7,309 yards, so a combination of strength, touch, and ability to overcome the offshore breeze form the troika of skills that should at least lead to a full weekend’s worth of play.
So for this week I looked at power, but also accuracy within 200 yards. In such a small field (18 golfers), the limited choices make for a lot of favorites but also makes things feel a lot more iffy.
Dustin Johnson ($10,700): The big hitter of the group has one top-10 out of one try with 107.5 points.
Justin Rose ($8600): Eeeesh, talk about hot — four tourneys this year, four cuts made, four top 10 finishes and a pair of wins.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8200): Matsuyama, who won last year at Albany, is a moderate version of Rose, making two of two cuts with one top 10.
Henrik Stenson ($7900): A second in the HSBC two weeks ago with a runner-up last year at the Hero, Stenson is averaging 82.5 points per contest.
Daniel Berger ($7300): The real crap-shoot of the group, though Berger is certainly among the best on the green, and that is where I went. He has made the cut twice in two tries, but still finished in the bottom 20 each time. Still, that is a full weekend worth of play.
Matt Kuchar ($7000): Actually ranks #7 in a limited season of stats at accuracy at 280 yards, and Kuchar has made both cuts this season averaging 71.3 points per contest.
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