ALMOST a year since flooding engulfed the Greenbrier area the Old White TPC course has been virtually rebuilt and again hosts the Greenbrier Classic.
The 7286-yard, par 70, has two par fives, both on the inward section, and the field will be playing a course that although not completely revamped will have quite a few changes.
The greens will be set up to run at 12 but with rain expected I don’t expect them to be so slick. Strokes Gained Putting, SG: Around the Green and GIR will be the stats to look for.
Kevin Kisner is a strong around greens and on them so is a good fit for Greenbrier especially as he was T2nd in 2015 in his second appearance here. I like Kisner a lot and even although he missed the cut at the US Open he did have that Dean & Deluca win and a T6 at the Memorial before that.
With a first and two seconds since March he has shown some good form this year and has already surpassed his winnings for last year. On form he is definitely the one to beat. GIR: 67.31% (48th) Strokes gained: Around the Green 0.226 (41st) SGP: 0.456 (25th).
One man who obviously likes Greenbrier is Webb Simpson. No one in the field has more than his three top 10s here. Unfortunately the anchored putter ban has really hampered his game. If it hadn’t been for the rest of his game he would have been struggling this year but has four top 20s in his last seven outings.
He is definitely a confidence player and has played well here before a number of times I think he is worth a chance. GIR: 66.67% (59th) SG:ATG 0.427 (13th) SGP: -0.230 (152nd).
1.5pts ew Kevin Kisner (Coral, 16-1)
1.5pts ew Webb Simpson (Betfred, 25-1)