The PGA Tour’s “Fall Series” continues this week with the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California. Troy Matteson defends the title.
In the 2009 Frys.com Open, Troy Matteson fired two consecutive rounds of 61 to take the lead into the final round. He looked to have the tournament sewn up but then bogeyed the final two holes to drop back into a tie with Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark. Matteson came through to take the playoff, however, with a birdie at the second extra hole.
There’s a new venue for this year’s Frys.com Open. The tournament has moved from the Greyhawk Golf Club in Arizona to the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California. It’s a Robert Trent Jones Jnr layout and the designer feels it to be one of his best creations. It’s a pleasantly undulating track set through an attractive valley. There’s an elevation change of some 150 feet out on the course so club selection is often challenging.
Venue: CordeValle Golf Club, California
Date: Oct 14-17
Course stats: par 72, 7,169 yards
Purse: $5,000,000 Winner: $900,000
Defending Champion: Troy Matteson (-18)
Thursday 14 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm
Friday 15 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm
Saturday 16 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm
Sunday 17 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 9pm
Bo Van Pelt – He’s been the most consistent player on this year’s PGA Tour not to secure a victory. This could be his week.
Arjun Atwal – After a third place finish in the McGladrey Classic, Atwal is on good form. He already has a victory to his name this year and will be looking to get another under his belt.
Rickie Fowler – After a great Ryder Cup debut, Fowler will look to take momentum into this event. He was in a playoff for this title last season.
Key hole: 17th. A driveable par 4 with teeing options from 295 to 325 yards, the green will be receptive to a good drive but it must carry all the way to the surface over water. There’s a chance of an eagle here if a player is chasing coming down the stretch.
Skills required: Greens in regulation. The putting surfaces are large and receptive so the GIR stats should be pretty high. Look for a low winning score in this one.