The PGA TOUR heads to West Virginia this week for the Greenbrier Classic. The course is The Old White TPC. I hope it’s not named after The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. Those guys are scary.
The course is a par 70 that is pretty average in length. There is the issue of altitude that these golfers will need to deal with. This can be troubling for some of these perfectionists that are used to dialing in irons to within feet of their expected yardages. This gives a leg up to guys that have altitude golf experience, that can stay level-headed after a mis-club, or can scramble their way out of missed greens.
Players to Watch
Bubba Watson… He just added another piece of hardware to his ever-growing trophy room. In good news, he owns a house on this week’s resort. In bad news, its near impossible to win back-to-back events. Still a great option in most formats, but an easy fade in DFS formats given his inflated price this week.
Bill Haas… The Old White TPC is a strange one when it comes to course success, but Haas seems to have it figured out. He has gained the most strokes here since it’s inception (29.260 strokes in 16 rounds).
Patrick Reed… He’s pretty low on my rankings (13th) but I like him a little more than that. You don’t HAVE to be a great scrambler to succeed around here but it definitely helps if the altitude starts affecting iron distances, leading to more missed greens than usual. He says he was too focused on all the activities his first time around here at Greenbrier. To me, that sounds like he will be fully focused on golf this week, which is more than we can say about some of these guys who treat this as a Fourth of July family getaway.
Kevin Chappell… He’s quietly found some really good form over the past two months and now arrives at a par-70 track that tests all facets of the game. That’s a recipe for success with this young Chap.
Tony Finau… This guy is a monster…in a good way. He crushes it a mile and can score when he gives himself the chances. The rookie of the year race is getting very interesting as he battles out Berger and Thomas. He will make his course debut, but that hasn’t mattered here in the past. Lock and load.
20/20 Club… Nobody fits the criteria this week of form+History, as we found out last week with Leishman, imitation 20/20 members just won’t do the trick. We will need to wait til next week I suppose.
Graham DeLaet… His price has quickly caught up to normal GDL standards in DFS formats, but I say why not stay on him? He’s got three straight solid performances and seems to have a clean bill of health. Fire away.
Brendon de Jonge… He has gained the most strokes at The Old White TPC of anyone in the field. Sike! Haven’t you been paying attention, that was Billy Haas. The big Zimbabwean is second though, so get back on the train and don’t fear last week’s missed cut.
Robert Streb… A proven winner on TOUR that has rounded back into form after a post-fatherhood slump. You have my permission to reinvest this week. I know I will be.
Will Wilcox… I wasn’t fallin’ for the Wilcox hype last week, but I’m back on board. He finished top five here in his debut.
Justin Thomas… He’s getting put into people’s shitlist with his recent missed cuts, but not my wife’s. He is the weekly wife pick, and she rarely strikes out.
Zac Blair… He posted a recommitment letter to himself on Twitter. Says he was taking things for granted and is about to recommit to his game/life/mindset. That is great to hear for this rookie that has started to slump. If you want to be “that guy” ahead of the curve, take a chance on Blair this week, but it’s probably safest to watch very closely and reinvest if this week goes well.
Greenbrier Cheatsheet… With full transparency the name of the game, I must admit our cash-game lineup tanked last week. Russell Knox and Jerry Kelly did not live up to their salaries. The GPP we gave out won people thousands last week, though. Literally, thousands. So I guess you could file away the Travelers as a GPP type of week. I love hearing about the success people are having with the weekly DraftKings cheatsheet so check it out.
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Top 25 for the 2015 Greenbrier Classic
1. Bubba Watson
2. Bill Haas
3. Keegan Bradley
4. Paul Casey
5. Webb Simpson
6. Kevin Na
7. Graham DeLaet
8. Brendon Todd
9. Tony Finau
10. Brendon de Jonge
11. Kevin Chappell
12. George McNeill
13. Patrick Reed
14. Louis Oosthuizen
15. Marc Leishman
16. Daniel Berger
17. Robert Streb
18. Steve Stricker
19. Will Wilcox
20. Fabian Gomez
21. Shawn Stefani
22. Chris Stroud
23. Jon Curran
24. Jason Bohn
25. Justin Thomas