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BlogPlayed best on Bent Greens?

Of the 47 tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2017, 53 courses will be used. Tournaments like the RSM Classic, CareerBuilder, Farmers Insurance and AT&T Pebble Beach will use multiple course, with the rest playing on just one course. Each course has it’s own different style and element that sets it apart from each other, but the biggest characteristics of the courses is grass type. The location of each course is the primary reason for type of course as those in the Northeastern part of the country tend to be Bent, while courses in cold regions like those found in the south have Bermuda while some courses in California use Poa Anna. There is a new strain of grass for courses close to a ocean that is able to absorb sea-air and that is paspalum which is only on two courses, El Camaleon in Mexico (site of the OHL Classic and Coco Beach Golf & C.C. in Puerto Rico (site of the Puerto Rico Open).

Tournaments and courses on the PGA Tour that have Bent greens since 2010:

Event                                                             Course
Waste Management Phoenix                        TPC of Scottsdale
WGC-Dell Match Play                                   Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
WGC-Dell Match Play                                   The GC at Dove Mountain
WGC-Dell Match Play                                   TPC Harding Park
Masters                                                          Augusta National G.C.
Wyndham Championship                              Sedgefield C.C. (2012 changed to Bermuda)
AT&T Byron Nelson                                       TPC Four Seasons Resort
Dean & Deluca                                              Colonial C.C.
Wells Fargo Championship                           Quail Hollow Club (2014 changed to Bermuda)
Memorial Tournament                                   Muirfield Village G.C.
U.S. Open                                                     Congressional Country Club
U.S. Open                                                     Olympic Club
U.S. Open                                                     Merion Golf Club
U.S. Open                                                     Pinehurst C.C. (No 2)
Travelers Championship                               TPC at River Highlands
Greenbrier Classic                                        Greenbrier Old White Course
John Deere Classic                                      TPC at Deere Run
British Open                                                 Royal Lytham & St. Annes G.C.
British Open                                                 Muirfield G.C.
British Open                                                 Royal Liverpool Golf Club
British Open                                                 Royal Troon G.C.
Quicken Loans                                             Aronimink Golf Club
Quicken Loans                                            Congressional Country Club
Quicken Loans                                            Robert Trent Jones GC
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational                     Firestone C.C. (South)
Barracuda Championship                           Montreux G. & C.C.
PGA Championship                                    Whistling Straits Golf Club
PGA Championship                                    Oak Hill C.C.
PGA Championship                                    Valhalla G.C.
PGA Championship                                    Whistling Straits Golf Club
PGA Championship                                    Baltusrol G.C.
Turning Stone Championship                     Atunyote Golf Club
RBC Canadian Open                                 St. George’s G&CC
RBC Canadian Open                                 Shaughnessy G&CC
RBC Canadian Open                                 Hamilton Golf & C.C.
RBC Canadian Open                                 Glen Abbey G.C.
RBC Canadian Open                                 Royal Montreal GC (Blue Course)
The Northern Trust                                     Ridgewood Country Club
The Northern Trust                                     Plainfield Country Club
The Northern Trust                                     Bethpage State Park
The Northern Trust                                     Liberty National G.C.
Dell Technologies                                       TPC of Boston
BMW Championship                                  Cog Hill G. & C.C. (Dubsdread)
BMW Championship                                 Crooked Stick G.C.
BMW Championship                                 Conway Farms G.C.
BMW Championship                                 Cherry Hills C.C.
Frys.Com Open                                         CordeValle Golf Club
Shriners Hospitals                                     TPC at Summerlin
WGC-HSBC Champions                           Sheshan International G.C.
How we did our search?

We took all the tournament results between the 2010 Tournament of Champions and ended it with the 2017 RSM Classic. We took the finish of each player from each tournament. For those that missed the cut, we ranked them per score, so those that played terrible were someplace between 140th and 156th. We also didn’t include those players that either withdrew or were disqualified.
So we added up the places for each player and divided it among the events they played in. We then ranked them based on who had the lowest average finish. A player had to play in ten events on Bent to be a part of the rankings.
So who was the best and who was the worst?

Here is a look at the top players in our rankings:

Jason Day | 22.07 avg finish |*| 72 Starts |*| 6 wins |*| 32 Top-10s |*| 68 Cuts made |*| $21,061,411 Earnings
* Just goes to show that he can play well on any kind of grass
Matt Kuchar | 22.34 avg finish |*| 86 Starts |*| 3 wins |*| 35 Top-10s |*| 82 Cuts made |*| $16,660,868 Earnings
* Can play on both Bermuda and Bent, lot’s of top-10s on Bent
Steve Stricker | 23.81 avg finish |*| 58 Starts |*| 3 wins |*| 18 Top-10s |*| 57 Cuts made |*| $9,802,487 Earnings
* High on our list because he has made a lot of cuts, still can play anyplace
Rory McIlroy | 24.79 avg finish |*| 61 Starts |*| 9 wins |*| 29 Top-10s |*| 55 Cuts made |*| $21,493,379 Earnings
* Plays well on Bent, has 9 of his 13 wins on this type of grass along with a lot of top-10s
Hideki Matsuyama | 27.18 avg finish |*| 39 Starts |*| 2 wins |*| 14 Top-10s |*| 35 Cuts made |*| $7,116,287 Earnings
* Another high on our list because of all of his top-10s
Justin Rose | 27.99 avg finish |*| 68 Starts |*| 5 wins |*| 20 Top-10s |*| 59 Cuts made |*| $14,663,823 Earnings
* Doesn’t matter on what type of grass, always plays well
Jordan Spieth | 28.16 avg finish |*| 56 Starts |*| 4 wins |*| 20 Top-10s |*| 50 Cuts made |*| $12,800,462 Earnings
* If you have to take up which he plays best on it’s Bent
Sergio Garcia | 28.74 avg finish |*| 58 Starts |*| 1 wins |*| 14 Top-10s |*| 54 Cuts made |*| $9,065,173 Earnings
* Another that shows that it doesn’t matter what kind of grass he plays onj
Dustin Johnson | 28.75 avg finish |*| 75 Starts |*| 5 wins |*| 29 Top-10s |*| 67 Cuts made |*| $16,365,656 Earnings
* Does a lot better on Bent over Bermuda
Adam Scott | 28.79 avg finish |*| 68 Starts |*| 4 wins |*| 26 Top-10s |*| 62 Cuts made |*| $14,856,323 Earnings
* One out of every third top-10 comes on Bent
Lee Westwood | 29.85 avg finish |*| 47 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 15 Top-10s |*| 44 Cuts made |*| $7,683,304 Earnings
* Has no favorites between bermuda and bent
Bubba Watson | 30.90 avg finish |*| 83 Starts |*| 5 wins |*| 21 Top-10s |*| 73 Cuts made |*| $16,892,241 Earnings
* Has shown a liking to Bent playing well on courses like TPC at River Highlands
Jim Furyk | 30.93 avg finish |*| 82 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 27 Top-10s |*| 69 Cuts made |*| $11,796,085 Earnings
* Is a money machine on any kind of grass
Zach Johnson | 31.75 avg finish |*| 83 Starts |*| 4 wins |*| 22 Top-10s |*| 76 Cuts made |*| $12,567,576 Earnings
* Has a big advantage playing on Bent
Emiliano Grillo | 32.00 avg finish |*| 15 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 1 Top-10s |*| 14 Cuts made |*| $1,876,748 Earnings
* Only missed one cut on a course with Bent
Charl Schwartzel | 32.39 avg finish |*| 67 Starts |*| 1 wins |*| 13 Top-10s |*| 59 Cuts made |*| $7,105,127 Earnings
* Has a knack of playing well on the tougher courses, most of them have bent
Rickie Fowler | 34.20 avg finish |*| 90 Starts |*| 2 wins |*| 27 Top-10s |*| 76 Cuts made |*| $14,535,947 Earnings
* Another player that doesn’t show a difference in his play on any given grass
Tony Finau | 35.00 avg finish |*| 26 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 4 Top-10s |*| 23 Cuts made |*| $2,102,902 Earnings
* Does favor Bent over Bermuda even though his one victory does come on Bermuda
Tiger Woods | 35.35 avg finish |*| 43 Starts |*| 3 wins |*| 12 Top-10s |*| 37 Cuts made |*| $8,689,092 Earnings
* Plays most of the time on Bent
Phil Mickelson | 35.87 avg finish |*| 68 Starts |*| 3 wins |*| 18 Top-10s |*| 59 Cuts made |*| $13,489,329 Earnings
* Plays well in the majors which most of the time plays on bermuda

More top players:

Brandt Snedeker | 36.48 avg finish |*| 83 Starts |*| 1 wins |*| 22 Top-10s |*| 69 Cuts made |*| $10,416,234 Earnings
Bo Van Pelt | 36.73 avg finish |*| 73 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 17 Top-10s |*| 61 Cuts made |*| $7,453,103 Earnings
Bill Haas | 37.74 avg finish |*| 90 Starts |*| 1 wins |*| 15 Top-10s |*| 75 Cuts made |*| $8,069,167 Earnings
Webb Simpson | 38.74 avg finish |*| 84 Starts |*| 4 wins |*| 24 Top-10s |*| 66 Cuts made |*| $11,675,848 Earnings
Edoardo Molinari | 38.92 avg finish |*| 13 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 1 Top-10s |*| 12 Cuts made |*| $849,672 Earnings
Francesco Molinari | 38.97 avg finish |*| 39 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 5 Top-10s |*| 33 Cuts made |*| $2,795,800 Earnings
Nick Watney | 39.08 avg finish |*| 84 Starts |*| 2 wins |*| 20 Top-10s |*| 67 Cuts made |*| $9,370,239 Earnings
Ryan Moore | 39.58 avg finish |*| 93 Starts |*| 2 wins |*| 22 Top-10s |*| 77 Cuts made |*| $9,834,137 Earnings
Luke Donald | 39.81 avg finish |*| 63 Starts |*| 1 wins |*| 16 Top-10s |*| 50 Cuts made |*| $7,537,547 Earnings
Paul Casey | 40.00 avg finish |*| 51 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 10 Top-10s |*| 39 Cuts made |*| $7,614,109 Earnings
Henrik Stenson | 40.82 avg finish |*| 56 Starts |*| 2 wins |*| 13 Top-10s |*| 46 Cuts made |*| $11,160,665 Earnings
Martin Kaymer | 40.83 avg finish |*| 48 Starts |*| 2 wins |*| 11 Top-10s |*| 39 Cuts made |*| $6,963,264 Earnings
Patrick Reed | 41.27 avg finish |*| 59 Starts |*| 1 wins |*| 9 Top-10s |*| 49 Cuts made |*| $5,721,009 Earnings
Hunter Mahan | 41.83 avg finish |*| 93 Starts |*| 4 wins |*| 19 Top-10s |*| 74 Cuts made |*| $12,019,677 Earnings

Those that don’t do well on Bent
You should have these names in the back of your mind as players not to back on Bent courses.

Mark Hensby | 81.23 avg finish |*| 13 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 0 Top-10s |*| 7 Cuts made |*| $147,077 Earnings
Steven Alker | 81.23 avg finish |*| 13 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 0 Top-10s |*| 6 Cuts made |*| $176,275 Earnings
Tag Ridings | 81.59 avg finish |*| 27 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 1 Top-10s |*| 11 Cuts made |*| $338,660 Earnings
Marc Turnesa | 81.62 avg finish |*| 21 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 0 Top-10s |*| 9 Cuts made |*| $108,830 Earnings
Sung Kang | 82.50 avg finish |*| 20 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 0 Top-10s |*| 6 Cuts made |*| $329,266 Earnings
Andrew Loupe | 82.61 avg finish |*| 23 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 0 Top-10s |*| 7 Cuts made |*| $195,475 Earnings
Luke List | 82.68 avg finish |*| 19 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 0 Top-10s |*| 7 Cuts made |*| $371,576 Earnings
Kelly Kraft | 83.79 avg finish |*| 14 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 1 Top-10s |*| 7 Cuts made |*| $269,230 Earnings
Charlie Beljan | 84.16 avg finish |*| 37 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 1 Top-10s |*| 12 Cuts made |*| $798,592 Earnings
Brett Stegmaier | 84.60 avg finish |*| 10 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 1 Top-10s |*| 5 Cuts made |*| $411,918 Earnings
Harrison Frazar | 85.00 avg finish |*| 28 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 0 Top-10s |*| 10 Cuts made |*| $410,329 Earnings
Troy Kelly | 88.00 avg finish |*| 19 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 1 Top-10s |*| 6 Cuts made |*| $716,117 Earnings
Peter Malnati | 105.39 avg finish |*| 18 Starts |*| 0 wins |*| 0 Top-10s |*| 3 Cuts made |*| $62,467 Earnings
Here is a link to all of the players that had enough starts since 2010

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