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Vegas, Langley lead crowded Greenbrier Classic

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

While America celebrates its 4th of July holiday Saturday, the several American-born players are in the mix at the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic.

Scott Langley, 26, holds the overnight co-lead with Jhonattan Vegas at 9-under through 36 holes at The Old White TPC layout in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Dozens are within four shots of the lead starting Saturday’s third round play.

Langely, who opened Thursday with a 62, and Vegas tee off at 2:05 p.m. local time and may or may not have the lead at that time.

A host of players are 8-under including Canada’s David Hearn and American Bryce Molder, who both shot 64 in round two. Kevin Chappell, Jonathan Byrd, England’s Greg Owen and Aussie Danny Lee are all apart of the group at T-3.

Chappell, a 40-to-1 betting pick heading into the week, was also shot back last year heading into the weekend. Last year’s champion Angel Cabrera missed the cut along with one of the favorites this week – Webb Simpson.

Tiger Woods has been a headliner this week.

Woods shot 66-69 to open the tournament. He is T-27 at the moment alongside Kevin Na and last week’s winner Bubba Watson.

Look for James Hahn, who won earlier this year at the Northern Trust Open beating Dustin Johnson in a playoff, to be in the mix. He is T-10 heading into Moving Day alongside Robert Garrigus, Scott Piercy and others. Hahn is 5th this week in Proximity to the Hole.

Plenty of deep long shots have a chance to win and cash tickets for lucky bettors. According to www.ladbrokes.com, the opening week line was steep for several players in the mix through 36 holes including Vegas at 300-1, Owen listed at 200-1 odds while Hahn and Molder were both 150-1 long shots.

Other Golf news:

  • Owen leads the PGA Tour stop this week in Strokes Gained Putting through two rounds.
  • Jaco Van Zyl (10-under) leads the European Tour’s Open de France after shooting 7-under-64 in round three. Van Zyl chased down and passed the favorites – Martin Kaymer, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Victor Dubuisson – with his round. Max Kieffer and Bernd Wiesberger are the closest contenders.
  • Groupings are set for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open, hosted by the United States Golf Association. The last three major champions are grouped together – Inbee Park, Brittany Lincicome and Hyo-Joo Kim. They tee off at 1:58 p.m. off No. 1 next Thursday in round one from Landcaster Country Club in Pennsylvania.
  • The PGA Tour hosts the John Deere Classic next week, while the European Tour conducts the Scottish Open. It will be the final tune-up events before the Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland.