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Sunday, September 8, 2013

BMW Championship - Preview

After a refreshing week off (and I'm talking about me, not the players), it's time to do our homework for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

There really isn't much we know about Conway Farms from a competition standpoint. It has hosted a smattering of qualifiers for majors and highly touted amateur tournaments over the years, but nothing that we can glean all that much from.

What we do know is that it is a Tom Fazio design, constructed in 1991, and plays to a par of 71 stretched out to 7,149 yards. Included in that are three par 5s, all between 570 and 600 yards, with three of the four par 3s measuring 197 yards or longer.

In taking the course tour online, it doesn't have the feel of a course that significantly favors one ball flight over another. Despite the somewhat short length on the card, this has the feel of a course where length could be a factor. We've already noted the distance of the par 5s and most of the par 3s, but several of the par 4s have fairways bunkers that may not be in play for bombers but will be for the shorter hitters.

Other than Luke Donald, we also don't have a good read on players with plenty of looks at Conway Farms. It's safe to assume some or most of the field hasn't even played it as of the time this posts.

All things considered, we have to trust form and class in a week like this. We will return tomorrow with the power rankings for the BMW.

Until then, happy research!

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