Wentworth is a classic shotmaker’s course, which is why players who hit a lot of greens, like Luke Donald, have done well there. The short game is also important because once you miss a green, there are a lot of humps and bumps around the putting surfaces that make it tough to get up-and-down. Last year’s winner, Rory McIlroy, was the first champ since 2008 to finish outside the top 10 in GIR for the week. He made up ground by dominating the par 5s, playing them at 15 under, which also showed there’s more than one way to win at Wentworth.
The course was overhauled in 2011, and today the par 4s are some of the hardest on the European Tour — five of the 12 stretch more than 449 yards. In the last three years, those who made the cut played the par 4s in 5.4 over par. While winning in 2012, Luke Donald played the 4s in 3 under; Matteo Manassero was 1 over in his ’13 win and last year McIlroy played them in 1 under.
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2014-2010 results: Cut, Cut, Cut, T39, T61
Notes: Past champ, last 3 Euro starts he’s T2, 2, T4
2014-2010 results: T7, T9, T7, T50, T17
Notes: T2 last week, 16 under last 12 rounds at Wentworth
2014-2010 results: 25, T50, T2, Cut, T10
Notes: 19 under-par rounds in last 32 played here
2014-2010 results: Win, Cut, Cut, T24, T48
Notes: Third in par 4 average on PGA Tour this year
2014-2010 results: T3, Cut, Win, Win, T2
Notes: Over par just once in last 21 rounds at Wentworth