It’s weird to think Daniel Berger’s only won once in 2020. He was just beginning to heat up when the pandemic hit in March with three straight top-10s.
The three months off didn’t cool him down as he won the first PGA Tour event back, the Charles Schwab Challenge. Not only did he tame a classic course like Colonial, but he held off fellow young gun Collin Morikawa in a playoff.
Berger has been the model of consistency as he nearly won the next week at Harbour Town with a T-3rd finish. The golf robot malfunctioned to miss the cut at the Memorial before a quick retooling got him to T-2nd at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude.
The former Florida State Seminole contended at the PGA Championship (T-13th) and played well in the first FedEx Cup Playoff event, The Northern Trust (3rd).
Winged Foot beat up everyone at the U.S. Open, including Berger who settled for T-34th. Ten starts in 15 weeks likely had him a bit exhausted, so these three weeks away could be huge.
Berger is a safe bet to plug into an event like the CJ Cup that’s at a course unseen on the PGA Tour. He was 34th or better in every strokes gained category last season and sixth overall (1.56). I envision scores being low this week. That jives with Berger who was fifth in birdie average (.438).
The greens at the Charles Schwab Chalenge were bentgrass like what’s in play at Shadow Creek.