TOUR Championship – Fantasy Golfanac

Course Details

East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia
7,307 yards – Par 70 – Bermudagrass Greens
Course Architect: Donald Ross ; 2008 Rees Jones renovation

Tournament Stimpmeter: 12+ ft. … Faster Green Speeds
Green Sizes: 6,200 sq. feet … Average Green Sizes
Strength of Field Rating: ~ 450 OWGR … Strong Field Strength
Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~54% … Hard-to-Hit Fairways
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): ~65% … Average GIR Difficulty
Driving Distance (Field Average): ~290 yards … Driver-Heavy Course

Tournament Angles

#1 Bermuda Greens
#2 Par 70 Courses
#3 Hard-to-Hit Fairways
#4 Driver-Heavy Courses
#5 Donald Ross Design
#6 Strong Field Events
#7 FedExCup Playoffs

Previous Winners

2015: Jordan Spieth -9 over Danny Lee, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson -5
2014: Billy Horschel -11 over Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy -8
2013: Henrik Stenson -13 over Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker -10
2012: Brandt Snedeker -10 over Justin Rose -7
2011: Bill Haas -8 over Hunter Mahan in a playoff
2010: Jim Furyk -8 over Luke Donald -7

54-Hole Leaders

2015: Jordan Spieth -8
2014: Rory McIlroy, Billy Horschel -9
2013: Henrik Stenson -11
2012: Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker -8
2011: Aaron Baddeley, Hunter Mahan -9
2010: Jim Furyk -8

36-Hole Leaders

2015: Henrik Stenson -9
2014: Billy Horschel -8
2013: Henrik Stenson -10
2012: Jim Furyk -7
2011: Adam Scott -8
2010: Luke Donald, Jim Furyk -8

Course Horses (Since 2008)

Jim Furyk… 31.768 strokes gained in 28 rounds
Sergio Garcia… 26.468 strokes gained in 20 rounds
Justin Rose… 26.301 strokes gained in 28 rounds
Tiger Woods… 25.700 strokes gained in 16 rounds
Phil Mickelson… 22.900 strokes gained in 28 rounds

Important Interview Quotes

Q. You played here once before, won it, won the FedExCup. Something about this course that just seems to suit you?
HENRIK STENSON:
Yeah, it suits me with a lot of kind of mid-iron shots, long to mid-iron shots into the greens.

There’s some holes with wedges as well, but it’s definitely ball striking golf course. And when I’m hitting it nicely, it’s always going to work for me. It’s always going to suit me.

And the main factor is the rough I would say and staying out of that and once again hitting a lot of fairways and that gives me the opportunity to be aggressive with my irons and setup birdie chances. So very happy. -2015

Q. It’s a chip away at a golf course though, isn’t it? It’s not like you can come out and do what he did today.
JASON DAY:
It’s one of those golf courses that you need to be driving it straight, because if you’re hitting it out of the rough, it’s very difficult to hit it next to the pin. The greens aren’t setup to — especially with this length of rough, greens aren’t setup to get it anywhere close to pin locations like that.

So, if you hit it, if you’re driving it straight, it definitely helps the opportunity of getting a lot more birdie chances. I felt like I hit the ball okay today, pretty solid. But overall, it’s something where I just got to kind of improve on for tomorrow. -2015

Q. How do you find the rough here compared to previous years?
PAUL CASEY:
Kind of what I remember. Thick, almost always get a flier. If you’re — if you missed a fairway. For a shot into the green. Around the greens it’s extremely difficult to judge. Bermuda is not something I grew up with, so I find it quite tricky. -2015

Q. Jordan, 4-under par, 66 out there. Nine for nine scrambling. How tough was it out there today?
JORDAN SPIETH:

Yeah, it was not pretty tee to green for me, and I got a lot of work to do in that category for the next two days.

But around the greens I feel comfortable on Bermuda, this is exactly the stuff I grew up on. It’s as comfortable as I feel all year. I love the greens here, I love the tough rough and the bunkers. -2015

Q. Any similarities between the courses you all played the last couple of weeks having the same group of guys playing well each week?
CHRIS KIRK:
Not last week, necessarily. I’d say this course and Boston are probably the most similar as far as it’s a lot of drivers and it’s a long golf course and not a whole lot of wedges in. So it’s going to favor guys that are hitting their drivers real well and obviously putting well.
These greens, like I said, are in perfect shape. They are very, very tricky to read with the grain, and the ball doesn’t generally goes with the grain, but not always. Despite how perfect they roll, they can be tough. -2014

Quotes found at ASAPsports.com unless otherwise noted.

Tournament Notes:

Course Renovations: Course was renovated after the 2007 edition, switching from bentgrass to MiniVerde Bermuda green surfaces and re-configuring a few holes in the process.