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WGC Workday Championship: Expert Picks

One person on tour has actually won here before, but not as a pro

NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship

Tournament Information

WGC Workday Championship
Date: February 25th – 28th
Course: Concession Golf Club
Purse: $10.5MM ($1.8MM to winner)
2020 Winner: Adam Scott (-11)
OWGR Points: 68

Course

Concession Golf Club — Created in 2004, this 7,4747 yard course has a slope rating of 155 and a rating of 77.6. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, was created among 1,200 acres of private community just south of Tampa. Emulating an 18th hole match of 1969 between Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus where they tied in the Ryder Cup which resulted in a tie and was known as “The Concession”. This is among the tougher courses on tour, with punishing deep bunkers, large rolling hills and undulating greens, golfers will have their hands full here. Golfers will be very present early in the week to mark their shots and prepare for a difficult weekend trying to plot out a different course.

The Concession Golf Club Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

My Starting 4

Bryson DeChambeau (third selection this year) — DeChambeau won here in the 2015 NCAA Championship (as well as the 2015 U.S. Amateur), while it won’t be pretty, I could see a scenario where he is able to out-strength the course using sheer power to overcome obstacles that the golfers will encounter. A big obstacle will be the mental part of his game which will be tested this weekend and he has shown struggle with over the last two years.

Webb Simpson (first selection this year) — Simpson is among the most accurate players on tour. Ninth in OWGR, Webb has finished among the top 20 in six of the eight tournaments he’s played in this year, if anyone can find a way to succeed at this difficult course, it will be Webb.

Collin Morikawa (second selection this year) — Morikawa is among the most accurate golfers on tour. Sixth in OWGR, he’s sixth in strokes gained tee to green, third in strokes gained approaching the green and after missing the first two cuts this season he’s made the next six consecutive cuts including three top 15 finishes.

Abraham Ancer (fourth selection this year) — Top five in driving accuracy, Ancer has six top 20 finishes this year and last year he finished 4th, 15th and 12th across the three WGC events.

My Bench 2

Scottie Scheffler (second selection this year) — Scheffler is top 40 in OWGR, quite accurate and strong off the tee (18th in strokes gained off the tee) and he has a good record this season. Across 11 starts this year, he has five top 20 finishes.

Brendon Todd (second selection this year) — Third in driving accuracy and fifth in strokes gained putting Todd could prove to be a dangerous combination this weekend. Todd has started as many tournaments as just about anyone on tour this year (12). Across those 12 tournaments, he’s finished in the top 25 in five and made the cut in nine.

Fun Fact: There have been 36 different individual winners of PCG events (for example Tiger has won it 18 times but would count as 1 individual winner). Half of the individual winners came from America while the other half are from all other countries combined.


2020-2021 Stats (1st percent would be the top golfer picked every week)
Starting 4: avg finish 36th (28th percent)
Bench 2: avg finish 50th (39th percent)