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PGA - The Greenbrier Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th
SITE: The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor (1914),
         Lester George (2006, 09-10 - renovation)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,287
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 449 yds10 - Par 4 385 yds
2 - Par 4 488 yds11 - Par 4 493 yds
3 - Par 3 205 yds12 - Par 5 568 yds
4 - Par 4 427 yds13 - Par 4 492 yds
5 - Par 4 388 yds14 - Par 4 401 yds
6 - Par 4 471 yds15 - Par 3 217 yds
7 - Par 4 430 yds16 - Par 4 444 yds
8 - Par 3 234 yds17 - Par 5 616 yds
9 - Par 4 404 yds18 - Par 3 175 yds
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34 3,496 yds36 3,791 yds
 
Annual:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Ted Potter, Jr.
Runner-Up:  Troy Kelly
Tournament Record:  258 (Stuart Appleby, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  192 (Jeff Overton, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Jeff Overton, 2010)
Course Record:  59 (Stuart Appleby, 2010)
Total Purse:  $6,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,134,000; 2nd Place - $680,400; 3rd Place - $428,400
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ted Potter, Jr. *264Martin Flores268
Troy Kelly264Five players at269
Charlie Beljan266
Charlie Wi266
Daniel Summerhays267

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Greenbrier Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*Ted Potter, Jr. (264) -- Troy Kelly
2011*Scott Stallings (270) -- Bob Estes, Bill Haas
2010Stuart Appleby (258) -- Jeff Overton

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player201020112012
Ted Potter, Jr.------Won
Webb SimpsonmcT-9T-7
Roberto Castro------T-7
Graham DeLaetT-45---T-12
Carl PetterssonT-51T-18T-17
Jeff Overton2ndT-49T-17
Bill Haas---T-2T-33
Billy Horschel---T-66T-33
Bob EstesT-21T-2T-38
Brendon de Jonge3rdT-4T-52
Scott Stallings---WonT-56
K.J. Choi------T-69
Tom Watson---mcT-73
Stuart ApplebyWonmcmc
Phil Mickelson---mcmc
Peter Hanson---------
Louis Oosthuizen---------
Nick Watney---------
Bubba Watson---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Phil Mickelson
Darkhorse - Graham DeLaet
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Adam Scott) - Finished tied for 57th
Last week's Darkhorse (Billy Horschel) - Finished tied for 61st
 
NOTES:The PGA Tour travels to West Virginia this week for The Greenbrier
Classic at The Old White TPC. The course is part of The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. Six of the top 25 players in the world are competing, led by world No. 6 Phil Mickelson. He is joined by Louis Oosthuizen (10), Bubba Watson (17), Webb Simpson (19), Bill Haas (24) and Peter Hanson (25). The purse increased $200,000 from last year to $6.3 million, with the winner receiving $1,134,000.

Mickelson is playing for the first time since finishing tied for second at the U.S. Open three weeks ago. It was his record sixth runner-up finish at the championship. Mickelson has finished second his last two tournaments and in the top-3 in three of his last four. He has missed the cut at this event in his only two appearances.

Haas is coming off his fifth PGA Tour victory last week at the AT&T National. He is tied for the PGA Tour lead with seven top-10 finishes this year. Haas has now won at least one event in each of the last four seasons on tour.

The Old White TPC is located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Sam Snead was the resort's pro for 29 years and served as Golf Professional Emeritus from 1993 until his death in 2002. Snead recorded his final hole-in- one in 1995 on the 18th hole. Fellow Hall of Famer Tom Watson became the Golf Professional Emeritus in 2005 and is in the field this week. Watson finished tied for 27th at the Constellation Senior Players Championship last week. He tied for 73rd here last year.

Last year, after missing a potential winning putt on the second playoff hole, Ted Potter, Jr. birdied the third extra hole to defeat Troy Kelly. Potter, who earned his first PGA Tour title, fired two rounds of 6-under 64 on the weekend to reach 16-under-par 264 after 72 holes with Kelly..

Scott Stallings trailed by as many as five strokes in the final round in 2011, but birdied the final hole in regulation and the first playoff hole to win. Stallings birdied the 72nd hole, his sixth birdie on the final nine, to join Bob Estes and Haas in the playoff. The trio ended regulation at 10-under-par 270.

In 2010, Stuart Appleby shot a 59 in the final round to win by one stroke over Jeff Overton, becoming only the fifth player in PGA Tour history to reach golf's magic number. It was the first 59 a PGA Tour player carded on a par-70 course and moved Appleby to 22-under 258 for the tournament. The veteran Australian emerged from a four-year winless drought for his ninth tour title. Appleby joined David Duval as the only players to shoot 59 in the final round to win a tournament. Duval accomplished the feat at the 1999 Bob Hope Classic.

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Illinois for the final tune-up for the British Open, the John Deere Classic in Silvis, where Zach Johnson captured the 2012 title.

07/02 17:39:28 ET

As of July 2, 2013, at 05:39 PM ET