Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hualalai

It’s time for the new season to begin with many familiar faces on a very familiar Hualalai GC!

For the 26th season, Hualalai will launch the campaign, but it will only be the second edition with Paspalum grass from the tee box to the parking lot. The greens have now had over a full year to settle in and should be more receptive than they were after being planted in the summer of 2020.

Clarke’s 21 under last year was the lowest win total since Langer’s 22 under in 2014. The top 15 players had 10 under or better and there was not a round over par from anyone in the top 20. Only one player in the top 20 has posted a 72 pair round. The 2020 renovation included reducing the rough from 2.5 inches to 1.25 inches, so there’s plenty of room to move it off the tee, and recovery shots and scoring will always come first.

Jimenez (2020) is the only winner of the last four not to finish first or second in the GIR. He is also the only one to have squared more than three bogeys and needs a playoff to win the trophy since 2013.

Weather and wind will usually play a part in the island scenario, but maybe not this year! Daily forecasts indicate temperatures in the 80s with winds around 10 mph blowing from the same direction for all three days of the tournament. If so, I would expect another event where 20 and under lift the trophy.

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