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Think a person needs to drive the golf ball a long way at Congressional?
Let me present the following evidence:
1. Par-5 distances: 555, 636, and 579 yards. Not exactly any reachable par-5's.
2. Par-4's: Only one is shorter than 400 yards.
3. The closing stretch: 467 yard par-4, 490 yard par-4, 579 yard par-5, 437 yard par-4, and an unfathomably long 523 yard par-4 to finish. Yikes.
The total distance of Congressional? A beastly long 7,250 yard par-71 course.
So length off the tee is going to be a premium concern for these guys.
Luckily, Westwood is 26th on the PGA Tour in driving distance this year with a 296.8 yard average. He hits the ball quite a long ways.
Another matter is whether he is going to be able to keep it in the fairway. We all know how the rough at Congressional is the toughest the pros see all year. Westwood's success hinges on his ability to find the tee ball with his length.
He ranks 104th on Tour this year in driving accuracy, which isn't great. However, he ranks first on Tour in a stat called "fairway proximity," representing the closeness with which tee balls end up near the fairway. This suggests Westwood isn't missing by much, which is good considering the graduated rough surrounding the fairway which penalizes shots that are more off target.
If Westwood can keep his ball on or near the fairway, he'll be just fine.