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A Military Tribute at Greenbrier: Expert Picks

Another tournament for some lesser known names

PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - First Round John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Tournament Information

A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier

Date: July 5th – 8th

Course: Greenbrier Old White TPC

Purse: $7.3MM ($1.3MM)

FedEx points: 500 to the winner

2017 Winner: Xander Schauffele

Course: Old White TPC. This 7,287 yard part 70 course as designed in 1914 by Charles MacDonald. It is a unique course ending with a par 3 and encompasses a great water hole just prior to that (hole 17) which is always fun to watch.

Starting 4

Jamie Lovemark (2nd selection this year) He finished 3rd here last year, he’s been ok lately with two top 20 finishes in his last four tournaments. 12th in strokes gained around the green.

Webb Simpson (3rd selection this year). I find this hilarious – here are his last 5 tournaments: 21st, 1st, MC, 10th, MC. Talk about sinking or swimming. He finished 14th here last year,

Robert Streb (1st selection this year). I’m selecting a guy who has missed three consecutive cuts and six in his last 10. Why oh why would I select the golfer who is 191st in strokes gained off the tee. He has finished 2nd here in 2017 and 2015.

Russell Henley (2nd selection this year). His last five tournaments are showing a very positive trend: MC, 58th, 29th, 25th, 6th. He finished 5th here in 2017 and 2015. He’s 27th in strokes gained approaching the green and 22nd in greens in regulation percentage.

Bench 2

Danny Lee (3rd selection this year). I’m 1 for 1 on getting Danny right. He is one of two golfers with two top ten finishes in 2015 and 2017 here (cancelled due to flooding in 2016). Even still he’s sitting on the bench just in case.

David Hearn (1st selection this year). 2nd here in 2015 and 14th in 2017. He has three missed cuts a 10th place and 41st place finish in his last five tournaments. This one is definitely a gamble.

2018 Stats (avg field of 133 golfers):

Starting 4: Average Finish 45th (34th percentile)

Bench 2: Average Finish 49th (36th percentile)

Missed cuts: average of 1.4 per tournament