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 seven editions of the Greenbrier Classic. The 2016 edition of the tournament had to be cancelled due to the severe flooding after record rainfalls throughout West Virginia that year.
In the inaugural Greenbrier Classic tournament in 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 five champions Kevin Na (2018), Xander Schauffele (2017), 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”
Cabrera’s 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…”
In 2017, Xander Schauffele captured his first Tour victory thanks to his impressive ball-striking and putting. He topped the field in GIR and finished 6th for both Strokes Gained Putting and Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. Schauffele closed with a -3 (67) to finish on -14 (266) had this to say after the final round;
“The US Open (2017) was a huge moment in my career, it was one of the biggest stages and for me to be calm and collected throughout the week and just kind of hang on and tie for fifth was huge for me mentally. It kind of gave me the confidence and allowed me to play to win this week”
Last year, Kevin Na ended a 7 year winless streak to win the Greenbrier Classic. He closed with a final round -6 (64) for a -19 (261) total. He finished 5 shots clear of Kelly Kraft with Brandt Snedeker and Jason Kokrak a further stroke back.
“My putter got hot. The first day the putter felt awful, and it just clicked. Every time I got over the ball it felt great, and everything felt like it was going in”
His strokes gained on approach (5.260 strokes) and from putting (7.089 strokes) delivered three-quarters of his overall strokes gained on the field average for the week. He was T32 for Driving Accuracy, 18th for Driving Distance, T34 for GIR and 2nd for Strokes Gained Putting.
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 make some noise.
The Greenbrier Classic Betting Tips 2019