Welcome to the 2015 Greenbrier Classic Preview, my name is Troy Klongerbo.
Two names ran away with the 2014 playing of the Greenbrier Classic, and unless you were an event sponsor, one of the player’s caddies, or some sort of diehard, avid, obsessive PGA Tour connoisseur, you may not remember July 4th weekend, 2014.
Well, you probably remember it, but not because of the professional golf being played (i.e. lake time and some cold ones?).
But this West Virginian Sunday afternoon was a two horse race between the following: Angel Cabrera and George McNeill. At the time, they had a combined world ranking of 214. Cabrera came away with the win and both players were 4+ strokes clear of the field. McNeill shot 61 on Sunday.
This was an event where Sam Snead made his home. I mean, he won 15 West Virginia Open’s throughout his career.
It’s officially here! Welcome to the 2015 Greenbrier Classic! pic.twitter.com/1fMLlWIG1f
— TheGreenbrierClassic (@GbrClassic) June 29, 2015
And Shaq’s here this week!
— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) June 30, 2015
- Read about George McNeill’s phenomenal 61 after learning of his sister’s illness last year, it is an incredible story.
- Event logged a 59, one of only 6 in PGA Tour history, as Stuart Appelby posted the illustrious number in 2010 (also setting the tournament low scoring record).
- The event has been a PGA Tour event for only 5 years now, this year being it’s 6th
- Only event on the PGA Tour played in West Virginia
- Event will be played on the PGA Tour through 2021, as a contract has been extended for 6 more years
Check out the awesome lineup of concerts this event hosts every year…
Read all about the course here!
Click here for a link to the entire 2015 Greenbrier field.
Last 5 Champs
- 2014: Angel Cabrera (Recap here)
- 2013: Jonas Blixt (Recap here)
- 2012: Ted Potter Jr. (Recap here)
- 2011: Scott Stallings
- 2010: Stuart Appelby
Last Week’s Travelers Picks
Sergio Garcia: T25th Hunter Mahan: MC Scott Langley: T25th Bubba Watson: 1st (Winner) I hit another winner in Watson. I’m feeling good in 2015!
My Successes This Year
I’m hoping to keep the good vibes going, as this year’s been a good one for me. Bubba last week as well. I’ve forecasted a few good ones and although I know bragging isn’t necessarily good, but hey, I’ve struck out so much this year, let me enjoy the good ones!
- Brooks Koepka’s win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Read Preview here
- Brandt Snedeker’s win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Read Preview here)
- Near miss (2nd) with Stenson at Bay Hill (Read Preview here)
- J.B. Holmes win at the Wells Fargo Championship (Read the Preview Here)
- I hit on Bubba Watson last week (Read Preview here)
This Week’s Picks– Travelers Championship
Let’s get the Tiger talk out of the way. He won’t be in contention this week:
Tiger Woods will play this week’s Greenbrier Classic as the 220th-ranked golfer in the world. — Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) June 29, 2015
Okay, done. No more Tiger talk this week (although I will be excited to see him make a birdie or two this week). Now let’s get on with the picks in the 2015 Greenbrier Classic Preview.
Two From the Fairway (Contenders)
Todd fired three rounds of 67 at the Travelers and finished at a T15 slot. Also, notched a strong finish at the Memorial a few weeks back.
The Georgian was a T4 after a strong Sunday round of 66 at last year’s Greenbrier. One of the Tour’s top-15 putters and top-10 most accurate off the tee will find success again here at the Greenbrier this week.
Quietly the 51st-ranked player in the world, Todd (the 2014 Byron Nelson champion) is a contender this week at the Greenbrier and he will be seeking validation in the form of his second PGA Tour win.
There was a duration of time where I had Graham in my previews week after week and week after week, he delivered. Top-10s galore early in 2014 had DeLaet a lock to secure a PGA Tour victory at some point during the Canadian’s young career.
Now we are over half way done with the 2015 season and he’s still winless. But his play has been commendable. His finish at the Travelers was yet another close call not to be, but it was his third straight top-26 finish (yes, not top-25, top-26) and it marks 5 straight cuts made.
Graham’s play at the Greenbrier has been good as well and I expect it to continue this week.
One From the Rough (Sleeper)
So looking through last year’s leaderboard, this name popped– Will Wilcox, the Srixon-sponsored, goofy swinging Alabamian. He was T4 with a host of other names, but a top-5 finisher nonetheless.
Will had a fantastic stretch of golf a few weeks ago where he played 8 rounds of golf (St. Jude and Byron Nelson) and 7 of the 8 were in the 60s. He locked up a T12 finish in Memphis and I see him as a player to carry the success he’s seen this year into a week where the vibes are flowing.
This week’s Drake ordeal may give him that added fuel (and Golf Channel headline):
— Brendan Steele (@Brendan_Steele) June 30, 2015
And what a unique way to play golf…
And remember, he shot 59 last year. Video:
The Man with the Trophy
I’m feeling very good about Webb Simpson. I watched his Feherty interview last week (did you?) and I remembered why I liked him so much. He’s as humble as a guy there is on Tour and his mindset in life and golf alike give him the respect of his peers.
Hard to believe he’s only 29.
Everyone is jumping on our dear old shanker this week…” target=”_blank”>watch video here.
He’s a Greenbrier stalwart. In his last 4 starts in West Virginia, he’s notched 3 top-10s. He almost won a few starts ago at the Wells Fargo, finishing T2 in his backyard. Decent play at the US Open as well.
Great track record here from a player with great statistics on Tour (top-8 in tee-to-green AND all-around ranking in 2015)– and he’s due for a win.
Webb Simpson, people. Like him or love him, this week I love him.