WGC Workday Championship at The Concession 2021: Form stats for this week's event in Florida

The opening World Golf Championship event of 2021 takes place at The Concession Golf Club in Florida
Xander Schauffele: An excellent record in events where there is no cut (three wins & five other podium finishes).

Co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, The Concession Golf Club takes centre stage for the opening week of the Florida Swing. Form stats by Andy Swales...

"One of the few golfers to have sampled The Concession previously is Bryson DeChambeau, who won the national collegiate title here in 2015."

A tip-top field has assembled in Florida for the opening World Golf Championship event of 2021.

The top 15 players in the current World Ranking, as well as 24 of the leading 25, will tee-up on Thursday at The Concession Golf Club which makes its professional debut at this level.

The Concession was named as an 11th hour replacement for Chapultepec Golf Club, near Mexico City, which became the latest sporting casualty of Covid-19.

The tournament was originally earmarked for Mexico but due to the on-going pandemic it was decided for logistical reasons to switch the event to Bradenton, situated around 35 miles south of Tampa.

Chapultepec had hosted the tournament for four straight years, and is expected to return to the rota in 2022.

Taking its place is The Concession, co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, and opened in 2006.

The course gets its name from the famous putt which Nicklaus conceded to Jacklin on the 18th green at Royal Birkdale in 1969.

By saving Jacklin the chore of having to hole out from two feet to halve their final day singles, Nicklaus's concession guaranteed that the Ryder Cup would end in a 16-16 draw.

Course details

Laid out around 18 miles from the coast, The Concession is a low-lying venue which covers a generous 520 acres.

It has consistently been touted as one of the toughest layouts in the United States, with those teeing-up on Thursday needing good course management skills in abundance.

Water is a constant companion, coming into play on 11 holes, while another feature of The Concession is its many testing dog-legs.

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And with plenty of thick vegetation waiting menacingly just off the fairways, mainly in the shape of tall trees, accuracy will be another key ingredient this coming week.

Add to that, the greens are small with subtle but tricky contours.

On the tee

One of the few golfers to have sampled The Concession previously is Bryson DeChambeau, who won the national collegiate title here in 2015.

The reigning US Open champion arrives in Florida on the back of missing the cut at Riviera, as he continues his preparations for next month's opening major championship of 2021.

Another top-10 pro to play only 36 holes last week is Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut in Los Angeles by a whopping seven strokes.

Only six of the 120-strong field posted a worse 36-hole total than McIlroy. However, the good news for the 31-year-old is that he certainly prefers the eastern states of America far more than the west.

Among his successes in Florida was the 2019 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

There are plenty of in-form golfers taking part this week, including Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

World No 2 Rahm rarely finishes outside the top 10 nowadays, while Schauffele has a history of playing well in tournaments with elite fields and no 36-hole cut.

And if accuracy from the fairway turns out to be a key department this coming week, thus placing great emphasis on hitting these smallish greens in regulation, then Rahm and Schauffele are currently performing well in the Strokes Gained: Approach the Green category. Another is Collin Morikawa.

Outside the top group, rising star Will Zalatoris might be worth an each-way punt.

The 24-year-old star from last year's Korn Ferry Tour is looking pretty impressive in the category Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, where he is mixing it with the best of them.

Last Five Years in Florida (2016-20)


Most Top-6 Finishes
6: Rory McIlroy
4: Sung Jae Im
4: Tommy Fleetwood
3: Jason Day
3: Tyrrell Hatton
3: Adam Scott
3: Justin Thomas

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Last Eight Weeks / Last 10 in Florida

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Dustin Johnson 8 1 11
Jon Rahm 5 13 7 7
Justin Thomas MC 13 MC 3
Xander Schauffele 15 2 2 5
Tyrrell Hatton 6 22 1
Collin Morikawa 43 68 7 7
Rory McIlroy MC 13 16 3
Patrick Cantlay 15 3 2 13
Webb Simpson 42 4 17
Bryson DeChambeau MC 18 7
Patrick Reed 66 1 MC 21
Brooks Koepka 38 1 MC MC
Tony Finau 2 2 2 4 31
Daniel Berger 1 MC 7 10
Viktor Hovland 5 6 2 31
Sung Jae Im 17 32 12 56 5
Matthew Wolff 64 36 Wd 40
Harris English MC MC 32 1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 5 17 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 26 17 7
Hideki Matsuyama MC 42 53 19 41
Adam Scott 38 10 41 21
Ryan Palmer 42 2 41 4
Kevin Na 38 21 MC 1 38
Louis Oosthuizen 11 29
Abraham Ancer MC 53 5 MC 17
Joaquin Niemann 43 2 2
Kevin Kisner 32 24
Jason Kokrak 32 41 29 56 35
Cameron Smith 4 MC 62 24
Victor Perez 4 MC 46
Marc Leishman 32 18 4 24
Scottie Scheffler 20 7 MC MC 13
Justin Rose 2 35 57
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 53 22 12
Lee Westwood 50 17 62
Shane Lowry 29 27 MC
Max Homa 1 7 42 18 21
Billy Horschel 53 MC 7 24
Sergio Garcia MC 12 6 47 11
Bernd Wiesberger 53 6 25
Gary Woodland MC MC 48 16
Robert MacIntyre 29 3 16
Matt Kuchar MC 42 MC
Carlos Ortiz MC 4 29 14 37
Brendon Todd MC 22 41 13
Jason Day 7 MC MC
Will Zalatoris 15 55 17 7
Bubba Watson MC 22 MC
Mackenzie Hughes 32 MC 19 41
Lanto Griffin 26 7 MC 41 13
Andy Sullivan 33 48 25
Erik van Rooyen MC MC 56 MC
Sebastian Munoz 43 MC 65 17
Lucas Herbert MC 22 25
Rasmus Hojgaard 6 9 25
Cameron Champ MC MC MC 31
Sami Valimaki MC 51 MC
Aaron Rai MC MC 25
Chan Kim
Thomas Detry 53 9 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello MC 33 35 4
Laurie Canter 21 4 MC
Jason Scrivener MC 41 2
Brad Kennedy MC 34 1
Danie van Tonder
Yuki Inamori
Wade Ormsby 63 22 12
David Lipsky 23 MC 35 5
Min Woo Lee MC MC MC MC
JC Ritchie
Trevor Simsby
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Dustin Johnson 6 5 17
Jon Rahm 6 12 63
Justin Thomas 35 30 11 1
Xander Schauffele 24 MC 2
Tyrrell Hatton 1 MC MC 29 MC 69 MC
Collin Morikawa 9 64
Rory McIlroy 5 1 6 MC 1 MC 59
Patrick Cantlay MC 23
Webb Simpson MC 16 36 1 8 5
Bryson DeChambeau 4 20 46 37 2 Wd
Patrick Reed 15 MC 47 50 41 7 2 MC
Brooks Koepka 47 MC 56 MC 2 11
Tony Finau MC 22 57 MC
Daniel Berger 4 67 MC 36 57 29
Viktor Hovland 42 MC 40
Sung Jae Im 3 1 4 MC 3 51
Matthew Wolff 52 58
Harris English 9 17 54 MC 68 12 MC 22 MC 33
Matthew Fitzpatrick 9 41 2 46 MC MC
Tommy Fleetwood MC 3 5 3 7 26 4
Hideki Matsuyama 56 8 33 MC 49
Adam Scott MC 12 MC 11 41 16 13
Ryan Palmer 17 MC 4 23 28 MC
Kevin Na 36 MC* MC 46 36
Louis Oosthuizen MC 2 56 MC MC MC 16 24
Abraham Ancer 56 12 MC 16 MC
Joaquin Niemann MC MC 37 46 59
Kevin Kisner MC 24 22 23 MC MC MC
Jason Kokrak 18 2 47 10 9 46 MC 8
Cameron Smith 56 MC MC MC 46
Victor Perez
Marc Leishman 2 MC 23 63 7
Scottie Scheffler 15
Justin Rose MC MC 8 63 23 3 5
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 18
Lee Westwood MC 4
Shane Lowry 21 MC MC 46 MC 49 49
Max Homa 24 MC 20
Billy Horschel 36 42 26 50 16 37 54 MC MC
Sergio Garcia 54 22 9 70 4 33
Bernd Wiesberger MC
Gary Woodland 8 MC 30 36 MC MC 49
Robert MacIntyre
Matt Kuchar 26 17 40
Carlos Ortiz MC MC 29 MC
Brendon Todd 18
Jason Day Wd MC 8 Wd 5 22
Will Zalatoris
Bubba Watson MC 4 56 17 57 66
Mackenzie Hughes 2 13 MC 57 54 MC 59
Lanto Griffin 36 MC
Andy Sullivan
Erik van Rooyen MC
Sebastian Munoz MC MC 36
Lucas Herbert
Rasmus Hojgaard
Cameron Champ MC Wd MC
Sami Valimaki
Aaron Rai
Chan Kim
Thomas Detry
Rafa Cabrera-Bello MC 30 MC 3 17 29
Laurie Canter
Jason Scrivener
Brad Kennedy
Danie van Tonder
Yuki Inamori
Wade Ormsby
David Lipsky
Min Woo Lee
JC Ritchie
Trevor Simsby
Florida Key:
Bay Hill: 1-5-8
PGA National: 2-6-10
Innisbrook: 3-9
TPC Sawgrass: 4-7

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