Greenbrier Classic betting tips & predictions – the Greenbrier Classic is played on The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It made its debut in 2010 and replaced the long-standing Buick Open on the PGA Tour schedule.
The Old White TPC opened in 1914 and was named after the Old White Hotel which stood on the grounds from 1858 to 1922.
Charles Blair Macdonald designed the course and modeled several holes from some famous European holes. No. 8 hole was styled after the Redan at North Berwick, No.13 after the Alps at Prestwick and No.15 after the Eden at St. Andrew’s. From 2001-2006 Lester George restored The Old White TPC Course bringing back many of the features of the original design. The course joined the TPC network of courses in March 2011.
The Old White TPC has hosted six editions of The Greenbrier Classic. Last year’s edition of the tournament had to be cancelled due to the severe flooding after record rainfalls throughout West Virginia.
In the inaugural The Greenbrier Classic tournament (2010), Stuart Appleby carded a 59 in the final round winning the tournament on -22 (259). In response the course was lengthened to the current 7,200+ yard with extensive changes. The course has only two Par 5s which are both on the inward nine so the Par 70 card reads 34–36.
The one common denominator that has featured in each edition of the Greenbrier Classic is putting. The last three champions Danny Lee (2015), Angel Cabrera (2014) and Jonas Blixt (2013) all finished inside the Top 10 for Strokes Gained Putting.
On Blixt’s route to victory he was mediocre at best tee-to-green but was stellar with the putter ranking 1st for Putts per Round and 1st for Birdies. Cabrera credited his driving for his victory saying, “It was good all week long. It made the course play a little shorter“. His excellent play from the tee made his approach play easier and finished 1st for Greens in Regulation for the week. For Lee, a little more than half of his total gain on the field came from putting and a little less than half came from his approach shots. After the round Lee said “For some reason I just read the greens really nicely here. I feel like everywhere on the green I just feel like I can make every putt…“.
Statistics worth considering this week are Ball Striking, Strokes-Gained Putting and Par 4 Performance. Any player with a solid tee-to-green game with an above-average week on the greens should be in with a shout.
Patrick Reed 12/1, Kevin Kisner 14/1 and Bill Haas 18/1 are the Bookmakers favourites for this week’s Greenbrier Classic
The Greenbrier Classic Betting Tips 2017