I would like to welcome everyone to the 2013 Greenbrier Classic this week. We had a tough week at the AT&T National but that is going to happen through out a golf season. This is a new week though and we have some excellent picks to make this tournament both exciting and profitable.
The Greenbrier Classic is played in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia at The Old White TPC. Last year was the 3rd year they played The Greenbrier Classic, as it replaced the Buick Open on the PGA Tour circuit. Unfortunately for tournament organizers, players have fed off the easy layout of the Par 70, 7020 yard course. We actually had Jeff Overton three 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 Total Driving and accuracy 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 three 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 three 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 2013. Phil Mickelson headlines this year players who will be competing in the Greenbrier Classic, but he will be faced with some stiff competition. Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen, Webb Simpson and Bill Haas 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 Congressional, 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 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.
Expert Greenbrier Classic Winner Picks
The 6-pack system picks are sent to members of www.GolfBanker.com only, but I will be releasing one free pick for this tournament which can be found below.
SCOTT PIERCY 45 TO 1 – We go with the long bombing Las Vegas man as our final selection this week. Piercy has competed at The Greenbrier Classic three times and has finishes of 2010 – T16, 2011 – Cut, and 2012 – T12. In his 10 rounds at The Old White TPC, Piercy has managed to shoot 9 of them at 68 or better. I was shocked when I saw that we were getting Scott at 45 to 1 as I feel he is one of the top players this week. Scott makes birdies like they are going out of style and I expect him to be filling up the cup in West Virginia. He ranks 21st on Tour for Birdie Average and with his length will have a few solid eagle opportunities. Scott also comes in playing well as he has finished inside the Top 26 in three of his past four tournaments. He has picked up victories in each of the past two years (2011 – Reno-Tahoe Open, 2012 – RBC Canadian Open). He will have a few tournaments in the upcoming months that set up well for his style of play, but I really feel this week is his best opportunity to make it three straight years with a win.