Jack Nicklaus’s Muirfield Village, a leading golf course in the US, hosts what some might call the PGA Tour’s fifth major. This takes place after a prior fifth major in the Players Championship earlier in the month.
Here’s my foursome for the week, all in action here:
JUSTIN ROSE: 10th in birdie average, 6th in scoring, 1st in sand save percentage, 3rd in total driving, 3rd all-around, 2nd in Par 5 birdie-or-better, 8th in scoring average before cut, 5th in ball striking, 8th in scrambling, best avg yards in ‘going for it’ shot distance, 4th in approaches over 200 yards, leads in GIR% over both 75 and 100 yards, 3rd over 125, 2nd in approaches between 75 and 100, (hmm..what degree wedges is he using?), 7th in putting 15-20′, best average distance after ‘going for it’ (18′). Distance and driving effeciency is best on the tour. This is a player I would absolutely watch for his all-around game.
At Muirfield Village, he won this tournament in 2010. In 8 appearances he has a 71.18 average, with an average finish of 38th.
How about those biorhythm cycles? Let’s look (7/30/80):
He’ll have his best game overall in the first 2 rounds and make the cut…then it’s all downhill with physical and emotional critical days just after. He will cash, but not nearly as well as expected.
BRANDT SNEDEKER: 8th in driving accuracy, 1st in birdie average, 5th in scoring average, 4th all-around, 7th in bounce backs, 2nd on Par 4 scoring, 8th in GIR% from other than fairway, 1st in rough proximity, 7th in average distance in putts made. Another golfer to give some attention to, tho he doesn’t have the stats that Rose has.
Brandt has played this tournament 5 times, never making the cut!, with a 73.8 average score.
Here’s his cycles (12/8/80):
Not a pleasant week for Brandt, as I see him having to play rather conservative to do well this week. Any risk he takes will be costly, and he will be down on himself more likely than usual.
CAMERON TRINGALE: 10th in sand save %, 8th in Round 3 scoring, Radar stat: 8th in ball spin rate. In 2 starts here he finished for 25th, and missed the cut in his debut.
Here are Cameron’s cycles (8/24/87):
Absolutely idyllic cycles for Tringale, who should do very well over the 4 days…and could even win.
LEE WESTWOOD: 5th in Scrambling (and 6th over 30 yards), 8th in going for the green.
This will be Lee’s first appearance at Muirfield Village.
Biorhythm cycles for Lee (4/24/73):
Westwood’s heart will be his strongest feature…his physicality and his mental game are at its low point these 4 days. The course will bring him to his knees.