- The Seaside Course is a par 70, 7,005 yard layout with a pair of medium-length par 5s and four par 3s.
- As the yardage may suggest, length does not appear to play out as a statistical factor.
- If you're looking for a stat to hang your hat on, perhaps check out some stats a little outside of the norm like Proximity and Par 4 Scoring. There are examples of guys like D.J. Trahan ranking very high in driving accuracy and GIR, yet struggling in SGP on the way to a high finish, and just as many other cases of guys who putted their way to the top.
- This course is situated on the coast, so wind can be a factor. The forecast for this week looks a little cooler and a little windier than last year. That is due in part to a move from mid-October to November.
- That guys like Charlie Beljan, Brendon de Jonge and last year's winner, Tommy Gainey, have fared very well here suggests that guys with a streaky tendency can figure out a way to get hot.
- Give a hard look to the Sea Island mafia. Because of the later date on the schedule, they may have an advantage with understanding the weather a little better than others.
- Consider how you intend to handle players coming from the WGC-HSBC Champions. That's a 12-hour difference, but they are picking up the hours. Actually, with the time change it may be a 13 hour difference.
- There's a big jump in purse this year to $5.5 million, with the winner capturing $990,000. It was $4 million and $720,000 last year. Why does that matter? Could have one-and-done implications. While you wouldn't have considered a guy like Webb Simpson last year, he is worth a hard look this season.
We'll put our nose to the grindstone and come up with a list of worthy competitors for tomorrow night's Power Rankings. Until then, happy research!