PGA Championship Course Preview Southern Hills (TUlsa, ok)

February 2nd, 2022

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The 2022 PGA Championship will head back to Southern Hills in Tulsa for the first time since the 2007 PGA Championship that was won by none other than TIger Woods. It will be the 5th PGA that's been played at this historic course. 

There may not be a more important sport to bet early than golf. While it is nice to observe player form and you can definitely still make bets throughout the year and even the week of the tournament the value on most players will be long gone by then. You need to handicap a players season projections as well as finding a player whose skills match up with the course.

Southern Hills Country Club

Southern Hills is a rare and wonderful exception to most inland courses. The land heaves and falls in a delightfully random manner. Course designer Perry Maxwell brilliantly employed these landforms where they matter most: in the hitting areas off the tee. A quick look through the holes highlights the variety of stances that the course metes out: the second fairway’s right to left cant, the fourth’s pronounced gully, the seventh’s reverse camber (i.e. the hole elbows to the left though the land tilts left to right), the ninth’s uphill slopes, the tenth’s side slopes, the twelfth’s right to left tilt, and finally the jumbled landforms in the hitting areas at the thirteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth holes. Members relish games in their fourth decade of playing the course as much as they did in the first as the challenges shift from one round to the next.

Tulsa is in the wooded transitional area of Oklahoma between the Great Plains and the Ozarks. Specimen oaks, maples, sycamores and elms now give Southern Hills a regal quality and the course has been compared to Augusta National. From 1935 to 1938, Maxwell worked on his two most famous original designs (Southern Hills and Prairie Dunes) and two seminal designs (Augusta National and National Golf Links of America). The similarities with Augusta run deep. Both courses feature a dominant landform occupied by the clubhouse. The nines start and return underneath the gaze of the respective clubhouses. The holes at both naturally wander up, down and around hillocks and vales punctuated by streams, ponds and graceful bunkers.

 

Creeks and ponds dominate play away from the hill. Both courses were once much more open and had ragged-edged bunkers through the 1960s. Each passing decade has seen the two courses become more tree-lined and manicured. Today the bunker edges are sharp and clean-edged. Both courses embrace and cultivate their mature parkland settings and in doing so, set a standard of beauty against which few other parkland courses can compete. Though the aesthetics of both courses have changed over the last fifty years, the fundamental design principles of MacKenzie and Maxwell still define the respective courses. The pair challenges the best without resorting to tricks or gimmickry and both are streamlined in appearance. No detail is too small at either place. For instance, Southern Hills takes great pride in its sightlines to the point that trash receptacles are submerged underground near tees.

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SOUTHERN HILLS PAST EVENTS

1946    U.S. Women's Amateur    
United States
Babe Zaharias

1953    U.S. Junior Amateur    
United States
Rex Baxter

1958    U.S. Open    
United States
Tommy Bolt

1961    U.S. Senior Amateur    
United States
Dexter H. Daniels

1965    U.S. Amateur    
United States
Bob Murphy

1970    PGA Championship    
United States
Dave Stockton

1977    U.S. Open    
United States
Hubert Green

1982    PGA Championship  
United States
Raymond Floyd

1987    U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur    
United States
Cindy Schofield

1994    PGA Championship    
Zimbabwe
Nick Price

1995    Tour Championship    
United States
Billy Mayfair

1996    Tour Championship    
United States
Tom Lehman

2001    U.S. Open    
South Africa
Retief Goosen

2007    PGA Championship    
United States
Tiger Woods

2009    U.S. Amateur    
South Korea
Byeong-Hun An

2021    Senior PGA Championship    
Germany
Alex Cejka
   

 

stats for success at southern hills

SG: Tee to green

SG: Off the tee

SG: Approach the Green


Approaches from 200-225 yds

Fairway proximity


 

Staying in the NFC West we make our way to Matthew Stafford. McVay upgraded his QB and Stafford upgraded his coach. This team was the talk of the offseason for awhile but it has cooled off a bit after the loss of Cam Akers. Which seems to be overblown a bit, running backs are one of the easier positions to replace and Akers really didn't even contribute for a good chunk of last season. Stafford should have a lot of easy throws, McVay had Jared Goff playing MVP caliber football a few years ago and Stafford is a pretty significant upgrade. He can make all the throws including improvising and making tough throws, things that Jared Goff really struggled with. Their defense is really solid and they should be pushing for a top seed in the NFC. If they do get back to the top of the NFC expect impressive numbers for Stafford and definite MVP consideration. Bet MGM has 18/1 on him but we think there is value down to 16/1.

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