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Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (September 24-27th)
After the action at the U.S. Open, many of the top players will be taking a break, so it gives lesser known players on the Tour, a opportunity to take centre stage in the Dominican Republic, as they play in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. The course plays to a Par 72, over 7,666 yds. From tee to green, the course does not offer anything to testing, however putting is a big factor, with the last two victors, leading in Putts per GIR and putting: birdie or better.
Corales Puntacana Championship Predictions & Tips: Outright Selection
Our outright selection is Will Zalatoris, who finished a super 6th in last week’s US Open. The Korn Ferry Tour, points leader, also leads the stats on the Tour for Greens in Regulation (GIR), Ball-striking and Scoring Average. He is destined to be a great player on the regular Fed-Ex Tour soon and after that excellent performance at Winged Foot, this will feel like a relaxing holiday by comparison. It will be interesting to see how he copes with the added attention here, but must surely be in the mix, come Sunday.
Corales Puntacana Championship Predictions & Tips: Value Potential
The first of our value potential selections is Charles Howell III, who had been making cuts consistently, but so far been unable to push on with the big boys around. He picked up a 3rd in the 3M Open back in July and has followed up with T44, T48 and a 30th in the US Open last week, so is clearly playing well enough for this event. He sits 14th SG: Putting on the Tour, along with 25th in Scoring Average and may just find this track to his liking.
Our other pick is Brian Stuard, who after some struggles with his game, really came out of his shell, with a 3rd at the Safeway Open. He ranks 4th in Birdie Average and 17th for GIR and will be looking to continue the good start to the new season here. He looked good with the putter at the Safeway event and this should only encourage that to continue.
Corales Puntacana Championship Predictions & Tips: Outsider
Our outsider is James Hahn, who returned from two months away, with a T9th in the Safeway Open, which included a round of 65 on the Friday. He ranked 4th for Fairways Hit and tied 6th for GIR in the tournament, while 11th in SG: Putting. May not be a winner, but a top ten finish looks more than possible.