The PGA Tour returns to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Viriginia, for this year’s version of the tournament simply known as “The Greenbrier Classic.” They’ll play The Old White TPC which is a unique par-70 with a pair of par-5’s on the back nine and a par-3 finishing hole which is unusual for the Tour. One player to keep an eye on is last week’s winner Bill Haas who won at the AT&T National with a solid finishing 66.
In our Fantasy CPR group, we started the summer segment with Above Par scoring 166 points and taking the early segment lead behind top ten finishes from Bill Haas, Graham Dalaet, and Brandt Snedeker. For the season, Foot-Wedge maintained the lead, but Above Par is closing in currently in third but with a group-high four wins on the season. My Entry is in the top ten in our ultra-competetive 20-entry group, but just barely and I’m hoping to gain some ground this week with these picks:
Phil Mickelson- Mickelson will be playing his first tournament since his heartbreaker at Merion and is coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes. In fact, he has three top three finishes in his last four tournaments and hasn’t won since dominating in Phoenix early this season. He doesn’t have a great history here missing the cut both times he’s played here.
Bubba Watson- Bubba lost some fans after ripping his caddie a few weeks ago but still managed a top-five finish at the Travelers. This will be his first trip to The Greenbrier Classic but he’s made eight of his last nine cuts and has four top-20’s during that run.
Graham DeLaet- The Canadian finished t8 last week for his fifth top ten of the season and his second in a row. He finished t12 in last year’s Greenbrier, and will look to improve that finish and get back into the top ten again this week.
Webb Simpson- Simpson took a breather last week after a t5 at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago. In was his fourth top ten of the season, and he has a pair of top ten finishes at The Greenbrier as well.
Scott Stallings- Stallings won this event in 2011 and will look to regain his momentum that he had at the end of May and beginning of June when he had three straight top five’s. He missed the cut last week after a tough 76 in the first. I think he’ll bounce back with a solid week in West Virginia.
Andres Romero- The Argentinian has put up back-t0-back top 25’s coming into this tournament where he finished t4 two years ago. He’s a bit of a flier, but he can go low quickly when he’s on his game.
Roberto Castro- Castro ended up with a solo second-place finish last week and has made the cut in seven of his last eight events. In four of his last six tournaments, he’s been in the top 25 and last year finished t7 at the Greenbrier.
Jordan Spieth- Spieth has a handful of top ten finishes on tour this year at just 19 years old. He’s missed some cuts badly this season but has made five of his last six including a sixth place finish last week. Rookies have had big-time success at The Greenbrier, and maybe this is where the youngster breaks through with his first PGA victory.