PGA Tour Odds: A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier Preview

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:47 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 3, 2018 12:47 PM UTC

The state of West Virginia hosts its only major professional event his week with the newly named A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier PGA Tour event.

<p>This writer doesn’t know a ton about West Virginia, only having spent about six hours in the state while driving through it once. I do know there are no major professional teams there, and in fact the only major pro event annually is this week’s PGA Tour stop at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.</p><p>The former Greenbrier Classic has been renamed A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier this year; the resort has links to the Civil War, World War II, the Cold War. We won’t go into detail here exactly how, but it’s fairly interesting if you want to Google it. All military personnel past or present who attend the tournament will get in free on this holiday week, so that’s cool.</p><p>This tournament is one of the newer ones on Tour, started in 2010 at the historic Old White TPC Course on the resort’s grounds. It’s a par 70 measuring 7,286 yards (one of longest par 70s on Tour). The tournament was canceled in 2016 because of massive flooding in the area, which necessitated some renovations/repairs on the course. For what it’s worth, the final hole-in-one ever hit by Sam Snead was here in 1995. This event is likely best known for Stuart Appleby’s final-round 59 (no longer tied for the PGA Tour record) when he won the inaugural one with a tournament-record score of 22-under 258. No one has approached that number since, but the winner is likely going to have to shoot at least 13 under par to win.</p><p>For many guys, this will be their final British Open tune-up and there are potentially four qualifying spots open in the season’s third major here depending on where guys not yet qualified finish. Only seven of the world’s Top 35 are playing because some guys already are overseas preparing for the Open Championship. Every former winner of the event is playing.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The stage is set for A Military Tribute &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@The_Greenbrier&lt;/a&gt;! 🇺🇸⛳️ &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— A Military Tribute (@GBRMilitary) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 1, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Home-Course Advantage for Bubba &amp; Lefty?</h2><p>Two guys own property on the resort grounds: Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. They are the two biggest-names in the field, but neither is the favorite. That would be Tony Finau, priced <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">+1000 at BetOnline</a>. Finau has played the event twice and was T7 last year and T13 in 2015. He last played the U.S. Open and finished tied for fifth.</p><p>Watson, an early PGA Tour Player of the Year leader with a Tour-high three wins, is +1400 with fellow left-hander Mickelson at +1600. You would think these guys would have an advantage if they stay at the resort often but maybe they don’t as Watson was T70 last year and has yet to finish in the Top 10 in four tries. He does come off a win at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago. Mickelson missed the cut his first three times here but finished T20 last year.</p><p>The <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline favorites</a> are rounded out by Webb Simpson (+1800), Russell Henley (+2000) and defending champion and 2017-18 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele (+2000). Last year, Schauffele birdied the 72<sup>nd</sup> hole to finish at 14-under 266 and edge Robert Streb by a shot. No player has won this tournament twice yet. Henley has finished tied for fifth his past two visits and is off a T6 in Hartford. Simpson has three Top 10s here, most recently a third in 2014.</p><p> </p><h2>The Picks</h2><p>Streb is having an atrocious season so it’s probably not wise to bet him to win, but worth a longer-shot <a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow">Bovada bet</a> for a Top 10 at +800 because he has been runner-up the past two trips to the Greenbrier. Danny Lee also is worth a look at +300 for a Top 10 as he won in 2015 in a playoff and was T9 last year. <strong>The winning pick is Henley.</strong> He has yet to miss the cut here in three tries and is trending the right way in his past four tournaments this year, improving his finish in each – topped by that tie for sixth at the Travelers.</p>
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