Bubba looking for back-to-back wins at popular, low scoring course
The focus of world golf moves to the UK in the next couple of weeks ahead of the Open Championship. In the meantime there’s a popular PGA Tour event this week as a strong field head to West Virginia for the sixth Greenbrier Classic.
Keep reading for our preview of this year’s tournament.
Easy course rewards players who attack the pin
The Greenbrier is a popular event with plenty of opportunities for low scores. The cut was at even par last year and the 7,287 yard par 34-36=70 should yield some very good rounds.
The par 5s are both on the inward nine and three of the six winners of the tournament have birdied the par-3 18th. Stuart Appleby holed his final putt on his way to the title in 2010, also scoring just the sixth 59 round in PGA Tour history.
Your golf betting favourites
Bubba Watson won his 8th PGA Tour title at the Travelers Championship last week and his birdie at the second play-off hole was enough to beat Paul Casey after the pair both finished at 16 under par.
Watson has a great record at the Greenbrier and has shot 8 consecutive under par rounds at White Sulphur Springs. He finished T16 last year and on current form could make it back-to-back Tour wins at 10/1.
Just behind Watson at last week’s event were two of the ‘forgotten’ players of English golf. Paul Casey came within a shot of taking the title on his debut at the Travelers while Luke Donald recorded just his second top ten finish of the year having slipped to 65th in the world.
Casey has been in good form of late, recording three top ten finishes in the last five stroke play events he has completed. He ranks 6th on Tour in GIR and although this is his debut at the tournament he can go well at 22/1.
It’s also worth keeping an eye on Webb Simpson this week. The 29 year old was second at the Wells Fargo in May and his record at the Greenbrier is hard to ignore. Simpson has recorded three top 10s in his last four starts at this event including a third place finish last year.
He ranks eighth in strokes gained: tee-to-green and in the all-around and looks superb value at 24/1.
Some outsiders to consider
Few rookies have as good a year as is currently being enjoyed by Tony Finau. The 25 year old has placed in the top ten four times in his debut season and is on a terrific run of six consecutive top 25 finishes.
Finau was a superb T14 at the US Open and, excluding that event, his average tournament score in his last five appearances is nearly 9 under par. The man from Salt Lake City led the Travelers last week in average distance of putts made and can go well again at 39/1.
Over the last few weeks we have been suggesting you keep an eye on Will Wilcox. The 29 year old has five top 25 finishes on the Tour this year and while he missed the cut last weekend (by a single shot) he placed T12 at the recent St Jude Classic and T22 at the Byron Nelson.
Wilcox announced himself to the golfing world with a 4th place finish at the Greenbrier on his debut in 2014 and ranks sixth in the all-around. He looks terrific value again at 69/1.
After a poor start to the year – he missed seven cuts in eight tournaments – it has been a good few months for Steven Bowditch. The Australian shot a 62 on his way to winning the Byron Nelson in May and since then he has recorded a pair of top 25 finishes.
Bowditch finished second at the Greenbrier two years ago with a total of 11 under par and looks great value at 69/1 to go one better this year.
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