I would like to welcome everyone to the 2012 Greenbrier Classic this week. We come off a thrilling AT&T Classic last week when it looked like one of our 4 players we had in the hunt on Sunday might take the title. Unfortunately for us Tiger Woods separated himself from the pack and hoisted yet another title.We went 1-1 in the head to head and had 5 players finish in the Top 22, but these results are not good enough. This is a new week though and we have some excellent picks to make this week both exciting and profitable.
The Greenbrier Classic is played in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia at The Old White TPC. Last year was the 2nd year they played The Greenbrier Classic, as it replaced the Buick Open on the PGA Tour circuit. Unfortunately for tournament organizers players fed off the easy layout of the Par 70, 7020 yard course. We actually had Jeff Overton two years ago, and Stuart Appleby went out and shot a 59 on Sunday to win by 1 stroke over Jeff.
When organizers saw how easy the course was playing for the Tour pro’s, they took a year to lengthen and toughen up the track. Many greens have been altered or replaced and the rough figures to be much more of a challenge this week than in previous years. The course will be playing at 7229 yards this year and will continue to be played as a Par 70.
With a premium once again being put on accuracy off the tee and from the fairways, lets take a look at one of the most interesting finishing holes in golf (and one that will have an impact on the golf tournament this week.)
The Par 3 162 Yard 18th Hole.
Rarely do you ever see a course finish with a Par 3, but that is exactly the case this week at The Old White TPC. This short Par 3 is where Stuart Appleby made history two years ago by rolling in his putt for a final round 59.Though the 18th is guarded by bunkers, it utilizes its severe two tiered green to guard against the players taking advantage of the short hole. If you are on the wrong tier you can completely count out birdie, and would be more than happy not ending your round with a 3 putt. Look for the 18th to once again be a climatic setting come Sunday, with the stadium like gallery loving every minute of it.
This week we have 9 players playing who have won on the PGA Tour in 2011.Tiger Woods headlines this year players who will be competing in the Greenbrier Classic, but he will be faced with some stiff competition. Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley are just a few of the other notable names that will be competing this week.
This week we are keying on players who can take advantage of an easier course, yet also play it properly. Though The Old White TPC will be tougher this year, it still presents players with the ability to score well. If you drive the ball in the fairways and are accurate with you irons, you will have the ability to go low this week. Player’s who played well last week at an extremely difficult Canadian Open track, are most likely going to find this week very forgiving.
One other thing to watch for is the player’s who need to improve their Fed Ex Cup standing in order to qualify in just 4 weeks for the first event of the playoff season, The Barclays. With only the Top 125 players making the field at The Barclays, look for positioning to be in the back of many players minds.
Without further ado, lets get down to my outright winner picks
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
Here are this week’s six-pack of golfers I like to win the tournament outright. **Odds are based on 5dimes.com**. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
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Below is a sneak peak at one of our members plays from the 6-pack system…
Cameron Tringale 55 to 1 – Tringale is playing terrific golf as of late but cannot seem to put all 4 rounds together. He is long off the tee and a very accurate player. Last year here Cameron managed to fire 67’s in his final 3 rounds en route to a T4 finish.