A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier Handicapping Preview and Betting Picks

by Earl Campbell | October 29, 2019 |

A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier

This tournament used to simply be called The Greenbrier Classic, however, they have changed the name last year to A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.

This tournament is played at The Greenbrier Old White TPC Course, which is located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

This is one of the newer tournaments that is played on the PGA Tour. This tournament took over the old Buick Open in Flint, Michigan and has been around since 2010.

The previous winners of this tournament consist as follows:

  • 2018 Kevin Na
  • 2017 Xander Schauffele
  • 2015 Danny Lee
  • 2014 Angel Cabrera
  • 2013 Jonas Blixt
  • 2012 Ted Potter Jr
  • 2011 Scott Stallings
  • 2010 Stuart Appleby

The Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier Details

The course was originally designed in 1914 by CB McDonald and Seth Raynor.  The course has since gone through some major changes, as we will discuss here shortly. 

There was a bad flood here back in 2016, which canceled the event and due to the flood, they were forced to completely redesign most of the layout. With that being said, I do not recommend using any course history prior to 2016 because it was a totally different course.

I see a lot of people talking about course history in these handicapping articles and they really don’t mean much because you can only legitimately use 2017 and 2018 details. I’m not saying to not look at them because the air quality, elevation and overall surface will be the same but don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

The Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier is a Par 70 course that measures just under 7300 yards. The fairways are fairly easy to hit here but the greens are incredibly tough to play on. 

The greens are primarily made up of Bentgrass and are extremely fast. The last two years, the greens were slow but that was due to the conditions and weather. This year will be different and you can expect them to run very fast!

A unique aspect of the course is that there are two Par 5’s on the course and both are on the back 9, and they are both long! Hole 12 is called “Long” and it measures 568 yards. Hole 17 is called “Oaks” and it is 616 yards. Both of those holes are the two longest on the course and the only Par 5’s, spaced 5 holes apart from one another.

A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier System Attributes

The course attributes for this week are listed below. I am putting more weight this week into recent form than I am for course history. I will still be taking them into consideration but don’t forget, a lot has changed here since 2016 due to the flood so we don’t want to go all in on these attributes.

  • Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
  • Ball Striking
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Scrambling
  • Strokes Gained: Putting
  • Birdie or Better %
  • Bogey Avoidance

Greenbrier Golfers

Bryson Dechambeau +1200 at BetOnline for 2 Units

This course is a thinkers course and no one thinks more and strategizes better than Bryson Dechambeau.  Dechambeau came close to winning this tournament back in 2017, when he ended up in 14th place but at one point was in the T5.  A few holes set him back from competing for the win in what ended up a 14th place finish. The last time we saw Dechambeau, he was finishing in 7th place in the Tour Championship. He is starting out the shoulder season and we are expecting a big tournament from him. 

Joaquin Niemann +2500 at BetOnline for 2 Units

Niemann has been off for about a month and now returns with the goal of recording a PGA win.  Niemann has yet to win and is still looking for his first winner on the PGA Tour but he has come close several times.  Niemann is a very talented overall golfer and that is what it takes to win here at Greenbrier. He has what it takes to be a winner here this week. 

Scottie Scheffler +4000 at BetOnline for 1 Unit

Scottie Scheffler is my choice for breaking into the PGA Tour this year and competing at some of these lower level tournaments.  Scheffler was very competitive on the Korn Ferry Tour this year, winning the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the Evans Scholars Invitational.  He also came 2nd at the Nashville Golf Open and the Savannah Golf Championship. Scheffler played in a few PGA Tour events, such as the Valero Texas Open and AT&T Byron Nelson, where he finished in 20th and 35th place.  I think we will see him get a win in the next 12 months and at these odds, you have to put him in contention. 

Brandon Hagy +10000 at BetOnline for ½ Unit

Brandon Hady played most of the year on the PGA Tour but went on the sidelines in June after the Travelers and took some much needed rest. He returned back on the Web.com Tour, or what is now called the Korn Ferry Tour, and placed 5th at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and followed that up with a 2nd place finish at the Albertsons Boise Open. He looks like he is back on track and could continue to improve at these crazy odds!

Grayson Murray +12500 at BetOnline for ½ Unit

Grayson Murray at 100/1 is highway robbery!  We should all feel dirty and ashamed to play this at 100/1 because he is a golfer that is going to compete for the win. Murray was competing on the PGA Tour last season and returned to the Korn Ferry Tour, where he has since placed 2nd, 29th, 23rd, 11th and 7th, in that order.  This tournament is relatively low level and Murray can absolutely compete here. He is my top value on the board and probably my favorite golfer this week. Without a doubt worth a ½ unit.

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