DFS PGA Playbook - Corales Puntacana Championship
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Corales Puntacana Championship.
How much do you like watching second tier golfers? Well, that’s what you get with the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship! While all the best players are at the World Golf Championships: Dell Match Play, I’m forced to do research on this event where the "rest" of the PGA Tour golfers play this weekend. When Jhonattan Vegas and Sungjae Im are 11K players, you know this is a weak field. I mean they are both solid players but not worth top dollar. During a typical PGA tour event with a full field, these two would be low 8K or high 7K. While it must be nice to take a trip down to the Dominican, they'd all rather be playing in WGC "March Madness" Bracket style tournament in Austin, Texas. Things will go back to normal next week at the Valero Texas Open before we head to Augusta in just two short weeks. I cannot wait.
So, lets take a look at the Corales Golf Club which is a basic stock par 72 that opened in 2010. The course is long reaching nearly 7,700 yards, both the par 5s can stretch beyond 620 yards. Current PGA Tour players Dominic Bozzelli, Nate Lashley, and Brice Garnett prevailed at Corales in 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively. Including Lashley, there are a lot of players in this field that have competed in at least one of the two editions that the Web.com Tour hosted on this track. The greens are just about 11 feet on the stimpmeter which doesn’t pose much of a challenge for these caliber players which means they can play aggressively. The primary rough is cut to two inches but fairways are accommodating, so long hitters and tee-to-green tacticians both will have success on this course.
We love nicknames like the Bear Trap and the Snake Pit for a three hole stretch, well let me introduce you to “The Devil’s Elbow”. The 16th, 17th, and 18th played to par in 2016 and a little over par in 2017. Unlike the “Snake Pit”, the closing hole offers players more of an opportunity to win a championship late than trying to take it away from them.
We should not have any weather concerns this week, it'll be partly cloudy with tempertures in the low 80s all weekend long. Winds will slightly pick up over the weekend to 10-12 mph.
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