2017 DAP CHAMPIONSHIP

Golf Starz Take on the Web.com Finals – DAP Championship

-L. Daniels

After a week break and a short trip across the country.  The Web.com tour is returning to Ohio for the third stop on the finals circuit.  It feels like just yesterday they were here in Columbus and I am sure the travel for these guys can’t be cheap…we will be there Saturday and Sunday and would love to buy any of the players or caddies a beer – let us know (blog@golfstarz.us).   If you haven’t had a chance to read our recap from our time with the Golf Channel while they were in Columbus then check it out here or here.  Stay tuned to our Instagram story this weekend for exclusive content.

We over here at Golf Starz recently just started really covering the Web.com tour.  This week the boys return to the course where we saw Bryson DeChambeau secure his tour card last year.  For the second year, the Web.com guys will be playing at Canterbury Golf Club.  Canterbury Golf Club has been nationally recognized as one of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S. and one of the finest in Ohio.  The course is tough.  I would put the final three holes up against any other course in America.  The nice part about having two stops in the buckeye state is we get to show off the amazing courses we all love.

Here is how Canterbury Golf Cub describes the final three holes:

#16 – Par 5 – 617 yards
This par five requires two accurate and long shots.  After that you are on the plateau of the fairway 130 yards from the green.  If you can carry this hill with your second your approach will be blind into a severely sloped green from back to front.  Hole locations can be tricky so making putts is difficult.  When Canterbury was founded in 1921 this hole played 662 yards long and was par six!

#17 – Par 3 – 229 yards
Take par as your score here and go to #18.  The hole is long and narrow with a green that is elevated and has two tiers.  The slopes off either side are severe. Getting the ball up and down will require creativity and some luck because of the rough around the green and the slopes. The putting surface is extremely difficult with significant slope.  Many players will be happy with a bogey here.

#18 – Par 4 – 439 yards
This hole is uphill with a sloping fairway from right to left.  Bunkers protrude into the fairway from the right and trees guard the left side putting a premium on an accurate tee shot.  The approach shot will be a long one to a green that is heavily bunkered.  Although the green appears to be very flat it is deceivingly fast from back to front.  Ben Hogan’s three putt in 1946 caused him to miss the U.S. Open playoff eventually won by Lloyd Mangrum.

I don’t care how well your round is going, the final three holes are going to separate the men from the boys.  For those not familiar with the course, you can get a hole by hole lay out here.

Now to the field.  For our loyal readers, you should be pretty familiar with the field.  If you are new to the Web.com, you can get a crash course here and here.  Again, the field is stacked and we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season and guys will soon be either teeing it up on the big boy tour or back to the Web.com. It’s put up or shut up time.  Time to tee it high and let it fly.

For those who are not familiar with the format of the Web.com finals, check it out this cool graphic the DAP Championship website has.

 

Lastly, one thing that stands out to us here at Golf Starz.  We love that each week the Web.com finals tournament partners with a not for profit or charity.  This week they are partnering with the Lebron James Family Foundation.  The LeBron James Family Foundation’s mission is to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives.  What a great cause, one of many the PGA and the Web.com supports.

Now to our picks – hopefully we can redeem ourselves after last week, our picks were a little off and hopefully we can repeat week one:

L. Daniels:

  • Andrew Landry
  • Ethan Tracy (An Ohio Guy)
  • Daniel Summerhays

J. Lee

  • Rick Lamb
  • Cameron Tringale
  • Beau Hossler

Again, we will be in Cleveland this weekend.  We would love to meet up and buy our followers a beer.  Send us a DM/email us at blog@golfstarz.us…we are buying.  Plus, we will have some exclusive Golf Starz merch with us for those who reach out.  Also, we plan on teeing it up Sunday morning.  We are looking for a couple people to round out our foursome.  Shoot us an email if you are interested.

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