Congressional will play to a par of 71, strung out over 7,569 yards and featuring three par 5s, four par 3s and 11 par 4s. Length is a factor this week, and one stat that should be heavily considered is total driving with a tilt towards distance. One must get off the tee to have a chance on this beast.
I mentioned the U.S. Open. Make sure you take a look at the results of the 2011 U.S. Open when conducting your research. I've given a hard look to the 2009 and 2012 AT&T National results as well.
Here is a list of all the winners/runner-ups since 2007 at Congressional:
- 2007 - K.J. Choi (winner 9-under), Steve Stricker (runner-up 6-under)
- 2008 - Anthony Kim (12-under), Freddie Jacobson (10-under)
- 2009 - Tiger Woods (13-under), Hunter Mahan (12-under)
- 2011 - (U.S. Open) Rory McIlry (16-under), Jason Day (8-under)
- 2012 - Tiger Woods (8-under), Bo Van Pelt (6-under)
With few exceptions, every name above is known by even the most casual golf fan. The lesson there is not to look too deeply down the list of usual suspects if you are trying to identify a winner. I suppose a first-timer could win, but the chances aren't as great as most weeks.
We will be back tomorrow with our usual power rankings. Until then, happy research!