JTBC Classic About the Hole
Depending on the day, the 16th hole at Aviara Golf Club will have a length differential of 90 yards. Needless to say, this changes the outlook for players’ expectations.
JTBC Classic Key Decision
With the tees back, par is expected to better the field average. From the forward tees, the major of the field is expected to go for the green, yielding a scoring average over par. The key decision for players on the front tee is how willing they are to take on the risk of driving the green, with the penalty area of the left-hand side.
JTBC Classic Insight
Over the past for years, winners at Aviara have had the biggest advantage when the tees are playing back. Winners bested the rest of the field by an average of .13 strokes, with no bogeys or worse, compared to almost a 15% bogey percentage from the rest of the field.