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Preview: PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic

Preview – PGA Tour – The Greenbrier Classic – The Old White TPC – White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia –

The PGA Tour hosts The Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia this week as players gear up for the season’s next week at the Open Championship at St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

Designed by Seth Raynor and renovated by Jack Nicklaus, The Old White TPC course (par-70, 7,274 yards) welcomes several high-profile players including World No. 3 Bubba Watson, coming off his first win of the 2015 season last week. Watson captured the Travelers Championship in Connecticut edging Paul Casey, who is also in the field this week, in a playoff.

Tiger Woods is also making an appearance this week. Now down to No. 220 in the world ranking, Woods needs to show some improvement this week. He seems more likely to shoot 80 and break 70 these days.

Former major champions Louis Oosthuizen, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley are among the betting favorites this week in West Virginia.

The tournament has produced some long-shot champions and surprises during recent years including a win by Ted Potter Jr. Last year, Angel Cabrera stepped up to steal the crown as a 100-to-1 long shot.

2014 Recap:

  • Cabrera (16-under) erased a two-shot deficit with three birdies in his opening seven holes Sunday and then holed a deuce at the 13th hole to pull away. George McNeill was second, while Webb finished third at 10-under a shot clear of Bradley, Brendon Todd, Chris Stroud and Billy Hurley III, the 54-hole leader.

FANTASY: Webb is a great pick here with three Top 10s in his last four starts here including a solo third in 2014 shooting 63 in the final round. Consider Bill Haas, who was close to winning here in recent seasons losing in playoff in 2011. Haas won in Palm Springs earlier this season. Take Stroud, who has Top 10s his last two runs here. He finished 9-under both years.

BETTORS: At 10-to-1 odds at www.ladbrokes.com, Bubba is the betting favorite but it’s difficult to win back-to-back weeks. Take Bradley, who is due to win. He was T-4 in 2014 shooting 66 Sunday. Consider Kevin Chappell as a 40-1 pick. He was a shot back through 36 holes last year. Graham DeLaet of Canada is trending and worth a play at 33-1 odds.

The Golf Channel has coverage Thursday and Friday with CBS Sports handling television Saturday and Sunday.

Other Golf News:

  • Kevin Kisner enters this week at The Greenbrier Classic on a run of seven straight cuts made with five Top 12 finishes. He lost in a playoff at Harbour Town earlier this season.
  • The best players in women’s golf return to action next week when the United States Golf Association hosts the U.S. Women’s Open in Pennsylvania. Michelle Wie is the defending champion.
  • The European Tour hosts the Alstom Open de France this week. Francesco Molinari is the betting favorite at 16-1 odds. He has been in the mix the last two weeks on the PGA Tour putting together three solid rounds in each outing. Perhaps, this week he can put four together. Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell are also competing.