Greenbrier Classic Part 1: Course Preview - The Old White TPC
While we all love the majors, the fact that we are right in the middle of major season does lead to some weak field events and this week is certainly one of them. While it is not great from a viewing standpoint it makes for some interesting DFS weeks as we often see some of our favorite value plays priced up as the “studs” of the field. This weeks event, officially named “A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier” will be played at The Old White TPC located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
The Old White TPC has been the host course since 2010, however after a Stuart Appleby 59 and a -22 winning score the par 70 course was extended to 7,287 yards before the 2011 event. Since then the winning scores have averaged in the -13 to -16 range. The fairways here was wider than many on tour, with an average width of 34 yards across at the 300 yard marker, and 35 yards across at the 325 yard marker. While this is not one of the longest courses on tour there should still be a significant advantage to bombers with not only the wide fairways, but also limited trouble if you are wild off the tee. That’s not to say length is a necessity, as the list of recent winners has a mix of bombers and plodders.
Stuart Appleby (2010)
Scott Stalling (2011)
Ted Potter Jr. (2012)
Jonas Blixt (2013)
Angel Cabrera (2014)
Danny Lee (2015)
Xander Schauffele (2017)
As far as putting splits go, we will be on bentgrass greens this week. They are also some of the slowest greens the players will see all year running just 10.5 on the stimpmeter. If you are of the belief that faster greens can level the playing field and in turn help bad putters, this may be a week to give an edge to the stronger putters on tour.
The average score is essentially even par (-0.008), with most holes averaging just slightly over or under par. Despite just 2 par 5’s they will be key, both with an average score of 4.7. The cut line averages around -1, so while not a full blown birdie fest, we should not expect a lot of carnage and big numbers this week.
My approach this week will be to give an edge to bombers, specifically guys that are strong with a wedge in their hands. If you are long off the tee here you will not be needing to hit a ton of long irons this week. If looking at shorter hitters I will put more weight on their approach game with longer irons. I expect a lot of greens to be hit, so I will be more willing than normal to take guys that are not strong around the greens.