The Greenbrier Classic | Tuesday 04 July - Sunday 07 July | Old White TPC
The Greenbrier Classic is a relatively new one on the PGA Tour and since its inception has thrown some real curveballs to us punters out there, with players who opened at odds of around 175/1 winning and some who opened as large as 500/1 finishing in the top 5. Safe to say, finding the winner here has traditionally been a challenge. Never mind that though, the likely reason for this is that traditionally scoring has been low. Anyone is in with a chance and as much as there may be the chance of a huge upset, it’s far more likely one of the bigger names competing will win this. So who has it in them to win on this par 70, 7,287 yard course? Let’s have a look.
To Win Outright
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Webb Simpson 14/1
Bill Haas 18/1
Billy Horschel 20/1
Bubba Watson 20/1
Jordan Spieth (40/1 a win, 88/10 a place)
Jordan Spieth has been super consistent in 2013 and it’s just going to be a matter of time before he wins. So far this season he’s managed five top 10 finishes and could have bagged his maiden victory at Congressional were it not for a third round 74 which dashed any chance he had. Despite that, he’s maturing as the season progresses and slip-ups such as that should stop occurring as he gets used to competing for first place.
Bill Haas (18/1 a win, 4/1 a place)
Bill Haas will come into this ready to fire on all cylinders and I’m sure there’s a big part of him looking forward to attempting to win back to back tournaments. He played a great four days at the AT&T last week and was rewarded with the victory and with his stats looking the way they are at the moment, he has every opportunity to shoot a low score here and go far. The fact that he came second here in 2011 should also go a long way in boosting his confidence.
Scott Stallings (55/1 a win, 12/1 a place)
Whilst Haas managed to finish 2nd in 2011, it was Stallings who got the best of him that year. Based on that, I reckon he’ll come into this one feeling confident and with the form he showed a few weeks back where he managed three top 4 finishes in a row, he could well find himself in the mix come Sunday. The only worry is that so far this season he has missed 10 cuts and you can never be quite sure whether the talented Stallings or the hacker will turn up.
TOP BET: Louis Oosthuizen (33/1 a win, 73/10 a place)
Louis Oosthuizen got his season off to a cracking start and threatened to win on more than one occasion but recent injury woes have plagued the latest part of this season and he hasn’t really come close since the opening months. Never mind that though, we all know that on his day he is difficult to beat and with his ability to hit the ball straight and his high GIR%, he has every chance of going low here and claiming the win. If ever there was a chance for him to get his season back on track, this is it.