A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier Coverage Presented by VisitWheelingWV.com.
This week The Greenbrier plays host to many of the games best players. The field will feature seven of the top-35 players in the world. It features a player looking for his fourth win of the season, one of which is looking to come out of the shadows a bit and many more who are hoping to use The Old White TPC Course to propel them through the second half of the season.
Old White is a 104 year old course that has great history built into it. The course was designed by Charles Macdonald, The “Father” of American Golf Architecture. His assistant was Seth Raynor who also has his name tied to some of the best courses in the US.
Macdonald used his intimate knowledge of some of the greatest courses in the world and put that knowledge into many of his designs in the states including The Old White Course. It was also his ability to use his surroundings and utilize what the property gave him which was one of his many great course design attributes
Built back in 1914, Old White was named after the hotel that stood on the grounds from 1858-1922.
Bubba Watson has three wins under his belt coming into the event this week and although much of his season has been feast or famine, his familiarity of the course could play a big role in his success.
Phil Mickelson is a five-time major winner and looking to put what happened at the US Open two weeks ago behind him. Mickelson also carries a lot of knowledge of the course because he lives here part of his season like Watson and several others.
Phil was a late addition to the tournament, although there was always a strong chance he was going to play this week. The course provides a tough test, but also a course he can dominate if he can make a few putts. Not to mention, this event gives him the ability to shake off the rust as he preps for The Open Championship in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday at the Pro-Am, Mickelson was not only participating but he was also teaching. Paired up with Larry Fitzgerald, a future Hall of Fame NFL Wide Receiver that played college football at the University of Pittsburgh, the Arizona Cardinal was not going to pass up on an opportunity to learn from his playing partner, whom is widely considered one of the best ever in his sport.
Phil Mickelson played in the pro-am @GBRMilitary with @LarryFitzgerald Hear about his lengthy mid-round short chipping lesson on @GolfCentral at 6 eastern. (Phil’s that is!) pic.twitter.com/5FCxZzGeHD
— Chantel McCabe (@ChantelMcCabeGC) July 4, 2018
Xander Schauffele is the events defending champion and a guy that has been in contention throughout much of the season. Tied for 37th in the FedEx Cup Race, Xander has had four top tens including a tie for sixth at the US Open.
Tackling the Old White will not be near the test that Shinnecock was so the possibility of a repeat here at this event is not out of the realm of possibilities. He clearly has shown the ability to play well here and the course is in amazing shape.
Another player with a really good shot this week is Tony Finau. He sits at 11th in FedEx Cup rankings and has six top-10 finishes this season. He drives the ball really well, one of the better on tour by far. This course will provide him an opportunity use that driver as he looks to grab his first win since 2016.
Consistency is the name of the game for Tony, if he can make some putts this week, he may in fact kick the door in for a win.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 5, 2018
My picks this week include the above mentioned Tony Finau as I think this course really could be what he needs to add to his really strong year.
Ryan Armour has played well recently though has only two top-10 finishes on the season. He has in fact won this season and understands how to win so that kind of pressure is not there. He is currently 30th in the FedEx Cip standings and a good showing this week could propel him forward.
My third choice is Rory Sabbatini. He is just a few weeks back from injury and I believe he will find his way back into the winners circle this year. A tournament like this on a very old and traditional course could provide him just that opportunity.
My long shot this week is Kevin Na. Kevin had a string of good events coming into the US Open where he faltered a bit. Although He tied for 64th in the Quicken Loans National last week, he has 3 top-tens in his pocket and has a chance to break through this week.
Zac Weiss Predictions
Zac puts Bubba Watson at the top of his picks to win. Knowledge of the course rarely translates to wins, he has a feeling it could once again be Bubba’s week.
His other two favorites are Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker he thinks will break through at some point this season and this could be the tournament.
As for his long shot, he cites Joaquin Niemann because of his play last week and his resolve in the fourth round both at Quicken Loans National and last year at this event.
Pairings and Tee Times
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Tee No. 1
7 a.m. — Jason Gore, Steve Wheatcroft, Sam Saunders
7:10 a.m. — Stuart Appleby, J.J. Spaun, Seamus Power
7:20 a.m. — Parker McLachlin, Steve Marino, Michael Kim
7:30 a.m. — Brice Garnett, Vaughn Taylor, Smylie Kaufman
7:40 a.m. — Scott Piercy, Jonas Blixt, Mackenzie Hughes
7:50 a.m. — Cody Gribble, Ryan Moore, Fabian Gomez
8 a.m. — Billy Hurley III, Matt Every, Brian Gay
8:10 a.m. — Kevin Streelman, Shawn Stefani, Tyrone Van Aswegen
8:20 a.m. — Steven Bowditch, Abraham Ancer, Brandon Hagy
8:30 a.m. — Bill Haas, Sean O’Hair, Cameron Percy
8:40 a.m. — John Huh, Jonathan Byrd, Blayne Barber
8:50 a.m. — Ben Silverman, Kyle Thompson, Sam O’Dell
9 a.m. — Troy Matteson, Brett Stegmaier, Wes Homan
12 p.m. — Anirban Lahiri, Martin Piller, Tyler Duncan
12:10 p.m. — David Hearn, Zac Blair, J.T. Poston
12:20 p.m. — Tim Herron, Whee Kim, Keith Mitchell
12:30 p.m. — Ryan Armour, Jimmy Walker, David Lingmerth
12:40 p.m. — Webb Simpson, Brian Harman, Tony Finau
12:50 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Kevin Kisner, Brandt Snedeker
1 p.m. — J.B. Holmes, Johnson Wagner, Kevin Na
1:10 p.m. — Daniel Summerhays, Patrick Rodgers, Ryan Blaum
1:20 p.m. — Geoff Ogilvy, Chad Campbell, C.T. Pan
1:30 p.m. — Matt Jones, Bob Estes, John Peterson
1:40 p.m. — Bronson Burgoon, Nicholas Lindheim, Xinjun Zhang
1:50 p.m. — Tom Lovelady, Denny McCarthy, Chase Seiffert
2 p.m. — Stephan Jaeger, Matt Akins, Davey Jude
Tee No. 10
7 a.m. — Scott Brown, Tom Hoge, Richy Werenski
7:10 a.m. — John Merrick, Robert Allenby, Martin Flores
7:20 a.m. — Danny Lee, Andrew Putnam, Joaquin Niemann
7:30 a.m. — James Hahn, Jim Furyk, Charles Howell III
7:40 a.m. — Aaron Wise, Austin Cook, Xander Schauffele
7:50 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Ted Potter, Jr., Patton Kizzire
8 a.m. — Keegan Bradley, Ollie Schniederjans, Harold Varner III
8:10 a.m. — Robert Streb, Brian Davis, Dominic Bozzelli
8:20 a.m. — Michael Thompson, Jon Curran, Kelly Kraft
8:30 a.m. — Ben Crane, Derek Fathauer, Joel Dahmen
8:40 a.m. — Zecheng Dou, Andrew Yun, Norman Xiong
8:50 a.m. — Jonathan Randolph, Adam Schenk, T.J. Vogel
9 a.m. — Omar Uresti, Rob Oppenheim, Blake Taylor
12 p.m. — Tommy Gainey, Robert Garrigus, Corey Conners
12:10 p.m. — George McNeill, John Daly, Trey Mullinax
12:20 p.m. — J.J. Henry, Alex Cejka, Harris English
12:30 p.m. — William McGirt, Peter Malnati, Nick Watney
12:40 p.m. — Kevin Chappell, Wesley Bryan, Vijay Singh
12:50 p.m. — Chris Stroud, Russell Henley, Hudson Swafford
1 p.m. — Nick Taylor, Ricky Barnes, Jamie Lovemark
1:10 p.m. — Scott Stallings, Cameron Tringale, Jason Kokrak
1:20 p.m. — Brendon de Jonge, Brandon Harkins, Talor Gooch
1:30 p.m. — Ken Duke, Rory Sabbatini, Chris Couch
1:40 p.m. — Lanto Griffin, Conrad Shindler, David S. Bradshaw
1:50 p.m. — Ethan Tracy, Roberto Diaz, Devin Gee
2 p.m. — Will Claxton, Sam Ryder, Logan Lagodic