Expert picks provided by: Jarod Kieler
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As we approach the Open Championship and the prospects of a Spieth Slam, the PGA Tour will head to West Virginia and the Greenbrier Classic. The Old White Course has hosted the event since its inception in 2010. This event has produced some unlikely winners and crazy finishes such as Stuart Applebee shooting a final round 59 to win in 2010 and Ted Potter Jr. winning as the 218th ranked player in the world. Bubba Watson, who won last week’s Travelers Championship, headlines a field that includes six of the top-25 players in the world. Last year, Angel Cabrera held off a final round 61 from George McNeil to win by two strokes.
I have struggled the past couple weeks as I have shied away from the favorites (Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson) so I will look to get back on track this week.
1) Bubba Watson (3) – After struggling at the U.S. Open, Bubba came back and won last week’s Travelers Championship. His victory was his first in the 2015 calendar year. In two career trips to The Old White Course, Bubba has never fired a round over par. Watson tied for 30th in 2013 and shared 16th last year.
2) Webb Simpson (0) – Webb is probably the most accomplished player in the five year history of the Greenbrier Classic. After missing the cut in his first appearance, Simpson has three top-10s in four additional trips. Simpson’s best finish came last year when he ended up in solo 3rd.
1) George McNeil (2) – Prior to missing the cut at the U.S. Open, McNeil had five top-20 finishes in his last eight starts. Last year at The Old White Course, G-Mac fired a final round 61 and finished runner-up to Angel Cabrera.
2) Chris Stroud (0) – Last week, Stroud tied for 10th at the Travelers Championship, his first top-10 in 2015. However, I like Stroud this week because of his history at The Old White Course. In four career trips, Stroud has three top-20s. Stroud tied for 9th in 2010 and shared 4th last year.
1) Kevin Kisner (2) – Unlike Stroud, Kisner has terrible history at The Greenbrier Classic. Kiz has not made a cut in three career appeeances. However, he has been playing some incredible golf as of late. Kisner has top-15 finishes in five of his past seven events, including two runner-ups. In his most recent start, Kisner tied for 12th at the U.S. Open.
2) Paul Casey (4) – Casey has top-10 finishes in four of his past eight events. Last week at the Travelers Championship, Casey lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson. This will be Casey’s first career trip to The Old White Course.
Other Golfers Considered:
Keegan Bradley (Tier A): Its been a tough couple years for Keegan, but he seems to be trending in the right direction. Bradley has top-25 finishes in five of his past nine events, including two top-10s. Bradley shared 4th at the Greenbrier last year.
Cameron Tringale (Tier B): Since finishing solo 2nd at the Zurich Classic, Tringale has not finished higher than 43rd. On the other hand, Tringale has found success at this event. In five career appearances, Trinagle has two fourth place finishes.
Kevin Na (Tier C): I have been taking Na almost every week he plays, but I am going to hold off this week. After eight straight top-20 finsihes, Na tied for 46th at the U.S. Open and missed the cut at the Travelers Championship. Na tied for 7th at the Greenbrier in 2012