22nd May 2017 | Dean & Deluca Invitational
Dean & Deluca Colonial Trends
We look at the profile of the last ten winners at Colonial to narrow down this week’s field.
The PGA Tour stays in Texas this week for the re-branded Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial, a par-70 course of middling difficulty.
The last fifteen champions had already won on tour before tasting success at Colonial. It is an event that favours experience.
These are the trends needed to win at Colonial based on the last ten champions:
Top-60 on tour for strokes gained tee-to-green
Colonial is a course you plot your way around. Nine of the last ten winners all ranked inside the top-60 on tour for strokes gained tee-to-green.
Top-60 on tour for all-around ranking
Colonial is a good all round test, you need to hit the ball straight, find plenty of greens and putt well. All of the last ten winners ranked inside the top-60 for the tour’s all-around ranking.
Top-60 on tour for scoring average
On his way to victory in 2011, David Toms ranked T2 for birdies and 69th for bogeys. It’s a simple equation; make plenty of birdies and keep dropped shots off the card. Nine of the last ten winners were all capable of this and ranked in the top-60 on tour for adjusted scoring average.
Top-60 on tour for par-4 scoring
Being a par-70 the bulk of scoring is on par-4s. Eight of the last ten winners ranked inside the top-60 for this metric.
Top-60 on tour for birdie average
The average winning score of the last 10 years is 15-under par; therefore you need to make birdies to win. Jordan Spieth made 22 of them on the way to victory last year.
Players that fit all five trends
Odds correct at time of publishing: 03:38 22nd May, 2017 but subject to change