With a yardage of 7,166 yards and a par of only 70, the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving is not the easiest place to play golf. Put that alongside a location where the wind can blow and it’s even tougher.
There are, however, some big name players in the field this week who could deal with this challenge. Adam Scott, Jason Day, last week’s Players Championship winner Matt Kuchar, and Phil Mickelson. If the conditions are tough you would expect these four to feature up the top of the leaderboard come Sunday.
Keegan Bradley made his breakthrough win here last season before going on to win the USPGA Championship with a score of just two under par. Showing that when conditions are tough here the Major contenders seem to do well.
Venue: TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
Date: May 17-20
Course stats: par 70, 7,166 yards
Purse: $6,500,000 Winner: $1,170,000
Defending Champion: Keegan Bradley
Thursday 17 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Friday 18 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Saturday 19 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Sunday 20 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Matt Kuchar: Fresh from his win at TPC Sawgrass last week, he may enjoy the conditions here if they get tough.
Louis Oosthuizen: Missed the cut by one at TPC Sawgrass after his Masters play-off defeat. Has been striking the ball superbly this season and has the consistency to do well here.
Phil Mickelson: Has made four top 10s from 11 starts this season and if anyone is likely to be able to make birdies on a tough course then it is Lefty.
15th a fearsome par-4 of 504 yards, a slight dogleg from right to left with trees along both sides. Incredibly it produced only 16 birdies in last year’s tournament and 167 bogeys.
Hit it long and straight and you should be able to find the large undulating putting surfaces. Miss fairways and you will have trees and water features to deal with.