Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois
7,198 yards – Par 71 – 007 Bentgrass Greens
Course Architect: Tom Fazio
Green Sizes: 5,000 sq. feet .. Very Small Green Sizes
Stimpmeter: 12.5 feet … Faster than Average Green Speeds
Strength of Field Rating: 550+ OWGR …Strong Field Strength
Fairways Hit (Field Average): 65% … Easy Fairways to Hit (2013 & 2015)
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): 65% … Average GIR% (2013 & 2015)
2016: Dustin Johnson -23 over Paul Casey -20
2015: Jason Day -22 over Daniel Berger -16
2014: Billy Horschel -14 over Bubba Watson -12
2013: Zach Johnson -16 over Nick Watney -14
2012: Rory McIlroy -20 over Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson -18
2011: Justin Rose -13 over John Senden -11
2010: Dustin Johnson -9 over Paul Casy -8
2016: Dustin Johnson -18
2015: Jason Day -20
2014: Billy Horschel -13
2013: Jim Furyk -13
2012: Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh -16
2011: Justin Rose -13
2010: Ryan Moore -8
2016: Roberto Castro, Dustin Johnson -14
2015: Jason Day -18
2014: Sergio Garcia -8
2013: Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker -11
2012: Vijay Singh -13
2011: Justin Rose, Mark Wilson -11
2010: Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi -6
Important Interview Quotes
Q. Talk about course conditions, how the course changed.
JORDAN SPIETH: It’s a bit of a shame because this is such a great — I like the golf course. It’s a bit quirky, it’s a bit point A to point B, but you’ve got some fun holes, some reachable par-5s, some drivable holes, and it would be so good — it was perfect the way it was playing leading up to yesterday’s round. To be lift, clean and place and just to be target practice kind of stinks because it doesn’t show the true golf course. But it is what it is, and you’ve got to make more birdies. -2015
Q. You have a very good record at this time of year when a lot of guys are supposed to be golfed out a little bit. What’s the secret to that?
HENRIK STENSON: That’s why I’m Mr. September. That’s what they said in the magazine in ’13, isn’t it, Mr. September. I mean, this year I can certainly say that I’ve played a bit less in the summertime, so I’m probably less worn out than some of my colleagues at this stage. Whether that’s a good thing or not, you can argue because in the summertime we have some of the biggest events and the biggest prizes. -2015
Q. I was just wondering, given the conditions, the fact that there’s a couple of drivable par-4s, that 71 seems kind of high for a par out here. In fact Rory said he thought it was more like 66, 67. Would you agree with that?
BRENDON TODD: Well, Rory is the No. 1 player in the world, so he can say things like that. You know, those holes aren’t drivable for me. I’m laying up on — I’ve laid up on five of the six par-5s and both of the par-4s both days. It’s par-71 is the way I see it, and you’ve got to go out there and put the ball in the hole as fast as you can, and I think it’s a great test. -2015
Q. A lot of the guys talk like it’s going to be a birdie-fest out here, but you said you think the back nine especially is going to be stout. Can you talk about that?
JORDAN SPIETH: Well, yeah. I mean, if the wind doesn’t blow there’s going to be some birdies, but the greens are firm. The pins are in the middle of the greens right now. They were for pro-am day. So there are plenty of birdies to be had.
I think when the pins start getting put onto ledges, these greens are pretty funky on the back nine. You’ve got a lot of different pin locations, possibilities, and if you’re attacking with an 8-iron it’s going to make you think. The rough is pretty difficult in the spots where it has to be difficult, and you’ve just really got to pick your spots. It’s a ball-striker’s course. It reminds me a lot of a course like Hilton Head. Obviously different grass and everything, but as far as tee to green I’m not hitting a lot of drivers this week, and there are still plenty of wedge opportunities. -2013
MARK STEVENS: We’d like to welcome Steve Stricker. You just got done with the pro-am. If you want to start off talking about the course and then we’ll have a few questions.
STEVE STRICKER: Nice place we’re at this week. It’s in great shape. It’s a nice layout. I think depending on the weather, the scoring is going to be pretty good, I think. It’s pretty generous off the tee where you have a lot of room to hit it off the tee. The green complexes are the challenge where you have to put it in precise areas on the green, and a lot of movement in the greens. So that’s going to be a real challenge, I think, is the green surfaces. -2013
Q. What’s your sense of Conway Farms?
ZACH JOHNSON: Oh, it’s good, yeah. I played here in 1997 at the NCAAs, and I remember it being phenomenal then. I hadn’t played many courses of this stature at that point. But it’s good. It’s matured a little bit since then. It’s a Fazio. Typically you see big greens out of Tom, but these greens are not very big, quadrant-like, and I think it’s going to be a good test. It’s all based and conditions and weather, but it’s going to be a good test. -2013
Q. How does it set up for you?
ZACH JOHNSON: I don’t know, I think the fairways are pretty easy to hit for the most part, and that’s not good for me, and the rough isn’t exactly treacherous. Given that, I think the greens are the defense here, and you’ve got to stay below the hole. You’ve got to hit it in the right quadrant. I mean, it doesn’t matter what course we play. If you’re playing good, you’re playing good. Saying that, there are some courses that suit my eye better than most. I’ve played well on courses where par is great and won tournaments or been in the top three or four, and then I’ve won tournaments where you’ve got to shoot 20-under.
It’s just one of those things, you just hope your game is on because everybody can play here. It doesn’t matter who you are. -2013
MARK STEVENS: I’d like to welcome Luke Donald. You’re No.54 in the FedExCup standings, coming into your home course here at Conway Farms. Do you want to talk about your thoughts coming into this week and then we’ll have a few questions.
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, I guess if there was ever a year to struggle, to come into an event needing a big week, this is a good one to come to. Obviously it’s a course I’m very familiar with. I’ve been a member here for the last 10, 12 years and played here during my time at Northwestern. Obviously never set up in tournament conditions, but certainly have a lot more familiarity than most of the players who probably are seeing it for the first time today, and hopefully that’s an advantage for me. I certainly need a big week, and looking forward to being the semi?host, I suppose, this week. -2013
DOUG MILNE: We’d like to welcome Jim Furyk after quite the successful 59, sixth player to achieve the feat in round 2 here of the BMW Championship.
JIM FURYK: Actually a very cool card. It’s too bad it goes with a 72.
Pretty exciting day. I think obviously to jump out of the gates this morning, birdieing the first three, then made a birdie at 14, hole it on 15, I wouldn’t say the longest, but the key putt of the day was probably making about a 15-footer to save par at 16 and then birdied 17 and 18. -2013
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