British Open places up for grabs as the Tour heads to West Virginia.
The Greenbrier Classic is one of the newest events on the PGA Tour with the first tournament taking place as recently as 2010. It’s been a competition with some unexpected winners in the last four years and there have been some astonishingly low scores on the par 70 course at the Old White TPC.
With four Open places available to non-exempt golfers there is plenty to play for. Keep reading for our preview of this weekend’s event.
Easy par 70 course should see some low scores
The Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort has traditionally been one of the easier courses on the Tour. In 2013 it played at -0.132 strokes to par, the third easiest par 70 all season. Jonas Blixt won with a score of 13 under par last year while Stuart Appleby shot a 59 on his way to the title in 2010.
The two long par 5s are holes 12 and 17 so there are opportunities to pick up shots on the inward nine.
Strong American contingent lead the betting
With just a couple of weeks to go until the Open Championship, many of the European golfers have headed back to the continent get their game in order for Hoylake. That leaves a strong American field to challenge for the $1.17 million top prize.
Masters champ Bubba Watson has been in good form in 2014 and is the joint 12/1 favourite this weekend. The 35 year old recorded three top three finishes in four tournaments – including his win at the Masters – ahead of the US Open and shot three good rounds at the recent Travelers Championship.
It’s only Watson’s second appearance at this event – he finished T30 last year – but on current form he’s the man to beat.
Jimmy Walker still leads the FedEx Cup standings after his three wins this season and is also available at 12/1.
It’s the 35 year old’s first start since his top ten finish at the US Open and he has only missed one cut since February. He also has a terrific record at the Greenbrier, finishing second in 2013 and fourth in both 2010 and 2011.
Another man worth watching is Brendan Todd. We tipped Todd ahead of the Quicken Loans National last week and he rewarded each-way backers with a T5 finish. He has enjoyed a terrific season and his last five results have been 1, T5, T8, T17 and T5. He has to be one to follow at 22/1.
Long shots have a good record in the Greenbrier
Since the Greenbrier began in 2010 there have been some unexpected winners of the title. Stuart Appleby’s win in 2010 was his first in the Tour in four years while Scott Stallings won his first Tour title at this event in 2011. And, in a battle of the relative unknowns, Ted Potter, Jr. (218th in the world rankings) defeated Troy Kelly (#464) on the third extra hole in 2012.
If you’re looking for a little known outsider to back, how about Ben Martin? The 26 year old’s T3 at Congressional last weekend was his third third-place finish of the season and he has made seven consecutive cuts, finishing at par or better in each of those events.
Martin ranks 31 on the Tour in ‘strokes gained putting’ and we fancy him to go well this weekend at 35/1.
On the day that Scott Langley learns to deal with the pressure of final round golf, backers will benefit from a healthy profit at long odds.
The 25 year old has twice been in a strong position in recent weeks only to fall away on Sunday. He was in the final group at the Memorial Tournament in June before shooting a final round 79 to finish in T28 place. Then, he led the Quicken Loans National last weekend before a final round 71 saw him pushed out to T11.
Langley has made plenty of cuts this year and registered a third place finish at the Valspar Championship in March. Sooner or later he’ll put together four great rounds and it could be this weekend at a tasty 95/1.
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