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PGA - The Greenbrier Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 6th
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:  5th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-7 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 6:30-11 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 7-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Jonas Blixt
Runner-Up:  Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker
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:  $6,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,170,000; 2nd Place - $702,000; 3rd Place - $442,000
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Jonas Blixt267Pat Perez271
Steven Bowditch269Ted Potter Jr.271
Matt Jones269Brian Stuard271
Johnson Wagner269Eight players at272
Jimmy Walker269
 
Past Greenbrier Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Jonas Blixt (267) -- Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Johnson Wagner,
Jimmy Walker
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
Player2010201120122013
Jonas Blixt---------Won
Jimmy WalkerT-4T-4mcT-2
Steven Bowditch---T-18mcT-2
Johnson WagnermcT-11T-64T-2
Ted Potter, Jr.------WonT-6
Bill Haas---T-2T-33T-9
Brendon de Jonge3rdT-4T-52T-17
Scott Stallings---WonT-56T-23
K.J. Choi------T-69T-23
Nick Watney---------T-23
Bubba Watson---------T-30
Tom Watson---mcT-73T-38
Webb SimpsonmcT-9T-7T-41
Shawn Stefani---------T-59
Carl PetterssonT-51T-18T-1768th
Stuart ApplebyWonmcmcmc
Patrick Reed---------mc
Steve Stricker------T-22---
Keegan Bradley---T-43T-46---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jimmy Walker
Darkhorse - Brendan Steele
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Jason Day) - Missed the cut
Last week's Darkhorse (Carl Pettersson) - Finished tied for 55th
 
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. The top two players on the money list are in the field -- Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker. The purse increased $200,000 from last year to $6.5 million, with the winner receiving $1,170,000.

Bubba Watson is a 2-time winner this year, capturing the Northern Trust Open and his second Masters title. He currently leads the money list with over $5 million in earnings. Walker is second on the money list and is the only 3-time winner on tour this season. He is playing this week for the first time since finishing tied for ninth at the U.S. Open three weeks ago.

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 38th here last year.

Six-time major champion and current broadcaster Nick Faldo is also in the field. Faldo missed the cut at the RBC Heritage in April in his only PGA Tour start this season.

Last year, Jonas Blixt endured a lengthy weather delay in the final round to win as darkness descended. Entering the final round four strokes behind Johnson Wagner, Blixt finally teed off just after 5 p.m. ET after rain halted play at the Old White TPC Course for three-plus hours. When the skies cleared, Blixt countered five birdies against two bogeys in fading light, taking the lead for good with a birdie at the par-4 16th. The 29-year-old Swede parred his final two holes and finished the tournament at 13-under-par 267 for his second PGA Tour win in his 38th start. No 54-hole leader has won this event in its 4-year history.

In 2012, 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 Bill 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 4-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 Jordan Spieth captured the 2013 title.

07/01 15:44:28 ET

As of July 1, 2014, at 03:45 PM ET