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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: WGC-Workday Championship

Twofer Tuesday packs its bags for the long trip from California to Florida for the WGC-Workday Championship.

Defending champion Patrick Reed

The Florida Swing starts a bit earlier this year since the WGC had to move from Mexico City to Bradenton FL due to the pandemic. The Concession Golf Club -- so named in honor of the putt Jack Nicklaus conceded to Tony Jacklin at the 1969 Ryder Cup -- is a co-design by Nicklaus and Jacklin that concedes nothing to the field. It's a par-72 measuring 7474 yards.

I guess you could call Bryson DeChambeau the defending course champion since he won individual honors there at the 2015 NCAA Championship. Patrick Reed comes in as the defending WGC champion.

Picking my Top10ers this week is a bit trickier than normal simply because nobody has a history at this course. (Bryson's so much longer now that he might as well be seeing it for the first time.)

  • My first pick is chalk, pure and simple. Dustin Johnson has posted, like, nine Top10s in his last ten starts. He was T8 at Riviera last week and he really didn't play all that well. But DJ rarely has two 'bad' weeks in a row so I'm taking him again.
  • My other Top10 machine is Tony Finau. You know his ridiculous Top10 numbers since he last won, and his last four worldwide starts are T4-T2-T2-playoff2. I stand by what I said in Monday's Limerick Summary -- he looks like he's gonna win any day now. I see no reason it couldn't be this week.

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 1pm ET. This week, unlike past years in Mexico City, will give players a legit four-round, no cut break-in to Florida conditions. That means prep for THE PLAYERS in two weeks, the WGC-DeMatch Play in four and the Masters in six. Somebody could be looking at a seriously strong Florida Swing if they get on a streak.

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