Sport Check the yardage book: The Concession Golf Club in the WGC-Workday Championship
Photos: WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession Golf Club
A field of the world's best has traveled to South Florida this week for the first World Golf Championships event of the season. The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, plays host to a loaded field of 72 players this week for the WGC-Workday Championship.…The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, plays host to a loaded field of 72 players this week for the WGC-Workday Championship. Normally held in Mexico and named the WGC-Mexico Championship, this year’s event has a new title and location due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Concession Golf Club will be an interesting study in how much the professional game differs from the regular amateur game this week when the course hosts the PGA Tour’s WGC-Workday Championship.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, the course near Bradenton, Florida, was named for Nicklaus’ concession of the short, final putt that Jacklin faced in their singles match in the 1969 Ryder Cup.
Jacklin once told Golfweek staffers that he had told Nicklaus he wanted one of the most difficult courses in the world. Former Golfweek columnist Jeff Rude told Jacklin they should have named it “The Concussion” after struggling on the course that day, and Jacklin didn’t flinch. Several of the most difficult features – particularly on and around the greens – have been softened somewhat since 2006, but it’s still a beast of a course.
WGC-Workday Championship matchups and prop bet predictions
The strongest field of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season to date is at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, this week for the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship. Below, we’ll look for the best value bets in the 2021 WGC Workday ChampiThe exclusive 73-man field includes each of the top-15 golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings. It’s a no-cut tournament with a guaranteed check for all who hit at least their opening tee shot. The Puerto Rico Open hosts an alternate field in Rio Grande.
The Concession ranks No. 9 on Golfweek’s Best Private Courses list for Florida, a well-deserved high ranking in a state full of private clubs. The course rating is 76.6 and the slope is 155 for the 7,474-yard layout, examples of The Concession’s difficulty for regular players. But how will Tour pros fare?
The forced carries won’t be a problem for the pros, and their high, soft-landing, spinny approach shots are perfect for the severely contoured greens that are frequently surrounded by steep runoffs. Many of the greens are built in distinct sections with steep ridges between them, requiring great accuracy to get anywhere close to a flag – and three-putts are common, especially for amateurs. Of course, the pros are accustomed to slick, fast greens, and much of the scoring will come down to wind conditions and rough heights.
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One interesting note: Because the site is relatively flat and most of the greens are elevated a touch with uplifted bunker faces, it can be difficult to see the entire flag stick on several approach shots. This can present difficulties in getting comfortable judging precise distances across the greens’ ridges, a characteristic that can be problematic even for modern pros who rely on yardage books.
Jack Nicklaus congratulates Tony Jacklin for a tied match at the 1969 Ryder Cup. (AP files)
One clue as to how the pros might fare can be found in the results of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Championship. Current PGA Tour basher Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open Champion, won the individual title that year, shooting 8-under 280 over four rounds. That total showed there were scoring opportunities for elite players, but the best college players of the day didn’t exactly tear the place apart.
Workday assumes title sponsorship of relocated WGC Mexico Championship
The WGC Mexico Championship has found a new sponsor to assume its title during its one-year hiatus in Florida. The tournament, which is relocating to Florida due to the global pandemic, will be known as the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession, to…Workday, Inc., has been a partner of the PGA Tour since 2017, and the leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources stepped in last year to host the Workday Charity Open when the John Deere Classic was canceled. It also previously signed a 10-year agreement in December to become the new presenting sponsor of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio starting in 2022.
Thanks to fairway maps provided by Puttview – the maker of detailed yardage books for more 30,000 courses around the world – we can see exactly the challenges that players face this week. Check out each hole below.MORE:
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This interactive map shows which modern golf courses have held up as truly greatIt’s rare that the PGA Tour heads to a new course, but this week’s World Golf Championship will be contested at a venue, Concession Golf Club, unknown to most of the golf world.