The ingenuity of Colin Morikawa in shooting the ball is undisputed.
The 25-year-old had a general decline by his standards: He finished only third on SG: Approach The Green on the PGA Tour last season.
Due to Quail Hollow’s unique redirect in this year’s Presidents Cup, Morikawa and partner Cameron Young were able to harness his power by having Morikawa blast off into the even-numbered holes in their 2-1 quadruple win over Tom Kim and KH Lee on Thursday.
This week’s Quail Hollow instructable contains all 3 par-3s as an even numbered hole and two of the three par-5s. The one par-5 that isn’t a flat hole? He was the seventh most accessible in the opening round, playing at just 527 yards, downwind. Morikawa put the second shot on that hole to 17 feet for the Eagle from 171 yards.
Overall, Morikawa hit the close to the green on 15 of 17 holes in the match. This is all eight of the odd numbers par-4s, the four par-3s and all three par-5s – the seventh is an attempt under the GIR. Hit six of them 10 feet away.
This also played into Young’s strength as one of the main drivers on the PGA Tour. He was second on the tour at SG: Off-The-Tee.
“This course really sets up where, for example, if you play odds or you play the odds, you take the majority of a given shot,” Morikawa said after the match. “Cam hit a lot of drivers. She hit a lot of iron. That’s kind of describing our golf games. We were able to fuel that.”
It is not only a strategy that can benefit strong players and strong drivers, but it can also benefit stronger speculators.
Jordan slept in single holes and prepared to hit nine of his bullets and Justin Thomas.
Spieth struggled on the Greens last season, but finished in the top ten in SG: placing three times in his career, and was known for his outstanding racing position that led him to three majors in several seasons from 2015 to 2017.
Thomas certainly isn’t weak with a flat stick, and Speth said deciding who to play the odds and right wasn’t an easy one.
“We had a hard time deciding who would go and settle,” he said. “We didn’t decide until late last night. If we had the chance again, we might change it.”