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  • THE WEEKLY BEAR TRAP - Course Review for the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridge 2019





    JAYALGER’S WEEKLY BEAR TRAP

    “Sports is the best means of communication between people from different religions and countries.” – Yao Ming

    COURSE PREVIEW FOR THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES 2019

    The Course - The Club @ Nine Bridges, Juju Island, South Korea

    This week we find the PGA Tour in South Korea for the CJ Cup. This will be the second year that the Club at Nine Bridges, located on the beautiful Juju Island just off the southern tip of South Korea, has hosted this event. It is a par 72, about 7200 yards designed by Golf Plan USA and has been consistently ranked for the last several years running in the top 100 golf courses in the world by Golf Digest.

    Hole breakdown is as follows:

    Par 3 4
    Par 4 <400 3
    Par 4 400-450 5
    Par 4 450-500 2
    Par 4 >500 0
    Par 5 4
    Total 18


    Course Data (2018)




    Course Stats
    • Par 72
    • 7,196 yards
    • Architect - Golf Plan USA
    • Fairways - Bentgrass
    • Greens - Bentgrass
    • More than 110 bunkers including Scottish “revetted” bunkers which can be steep-faced and walled with bricks of sod.
    • The front nine is known as the Creek Course consisting of dry streams, shrubs and stone walls. The fairways have generous landing areas but are very undulating and water comes into play on many of the holes.
    • In contrast, the back nine is known as the Highlands Course consisting of wide grasslands, lakes, and bunkers. No two consecutive holes are in the same direction, thus wind direction can change from hole to hole on this part of the course.



    Few Observed Stat Trends (based on 2018 data)
    • We only have four rounds of data to look at so, similar to last week, trends should be taken with a grain of salt.
    • In contrast to last week, Nine Bridges played 1.187 strokes OVER par last year with the front nine playing almost twice as difficult as the back nine (0.805 versus 0.385). This is a tougher course than last week as reflected in the ratio of BoB/BoW (999/1180) and higher finishing score (Justin Thomas won in a playoff over Marc Leishman at -9).
    • Golfers were meet with difficulty that is Nine Bridges right out of gates as the opening four holes combined for 0.515 strokes over par on average last year resulting in the most difficult stretch of holes at Nine Bridges. However, holes 10 and 11 also combined for 0.491 strokes over par to start the Highlands Course. Combining all six holes resulted in losing a stroke on the field on average.
    • All of the par 5s (holes No. 3, 9, 12, and 18) are between 550 and 600 yards with two par 5s on the back nine the easier of the four. Birdie rates are 20.65%, 18.71%, 41.29% and 35.48%, respectively. Furthermore, 20 of the 26 eagles (76.9%) scored last year came on these holes. However, eagles represented less than 1% of all shots last year. Overall, scoring on the par 5s will still be crucial especially on the two on back nine.
    • The five par 4s in the 400-450 yard range combined for 0.677 strokes OVER par with only hole 5 averaging UNDER par at -0.023.
    • There are only two par 4s over 450 yards. They both played OVER par last year combining for 0.3 strokes OVER par on average. Not only did hole 10 play as the most difficult hole on the course last year, but it was also ranked in the Top 50 most difficult holes on tour last season.
    • All of the par 3s played OVER par and combined for 0.639 strokes OVER par.

    Featured Holes
    • Hole No. 10 - Par 4, 471 yards



    Hole 10 was the most difficult hole on the course last year. Off the tee, golfers will need a strong tee shot to a slightly elevated, but broad fairway. Avoid the bunker on the right of the landing area will leave a short iron shot to an elevated green protected by a deep bunker on the right. This hole often plays into the wind, making it play even longer. Over 30% of shots last year resulted in a bogey or worse.
    • Hole No. 11 - Par 4, 428 yards



    Hole No. 11 is a picturesque par 4 featuring a stream along the right side of the fairway. The elevated tee box overlooks a downhill dogleg right that requires some accuracy to avoid finding water. The green is unique as it is a double green shared with hole No. 15. This hole played as the fourth most difficult hole on the course last year averaging 0.226 strokes above par.
    • Closing Hole - Par 5, 568 yards



    This closing par 5 features an island hole and can be attacked by two different routes giving golfers the option to be aggressive to hole for the opportunity for an eagle. Justin Thomas scored an eagle in the first round and a birdie in the third and fourth rounds while Leishman scored an eagle in the first round and a birdie in the fourth round as well. This was the second easiest hole on the course playing 0.248 strokes under par on average. This island hole, however, should provide some drama come Sunday.


    Stay tuned for my Picks.





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