Horses for Courses: Voyageurs Championship

The PGA TOUR remains in the northeast this week as only 110 miles separate the Country Club from TPC River Highlands.

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The US Open encore has been held here since 2007 and the event has become one of the busiest on the TOUR. The event dates back to 1984 at TPC River Highlands, then known as TPC Connecticut.

The Par-70 records itself every year as one of the shortest runs used and this year it rings true again. Although 11 yards have been added to the card this year to 6,852 yards, only Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda has less meat on the bone (6,828 yards).

The challenge at TPC River Highlands was never long. Heavy hitters who find GIR have had a blast here, but many others have found out the hard way that the savage doesn’t cut it. A bad position on the tee will bring an uneven rough that approaches four inches. Combine that with closely mown areas around the greens and bogeys can be in play. Four penalty areas of water notoriously gobble up misses and are live on five holes, including numbers 15-17.

The keys to success are attacking from the fairway, tightening approaches and converting those opportunities. With only two Par-5 holes, the Par-4s will carry the freight. Defending champion Harris English was the first winner in seven years NOT to lead the field in Par-4 scoring as he was sixth. There has only been one winner in the last seven who was inside T10 in the Par-5 score.

A full field of 156 will chase an $8.3 million prize pool, with the winner taking home $1.494 million plus 500 FedExCup points.

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