PGA Tour
PGA - The Greenbrier Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 28th through Sunday, July 31st
SITE: The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West
         Virginia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor (1914),
         Lester George (2006, 09-10 - renovation)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,274
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 3 162 yds
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34 3,496 yds36 3,778 yds
 
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Scott Stallings
Runner-Up:  Bob Estes, Bill Haas
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:  $6,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,098,000; 2nd Place - $658,800; 3rd Place - $414,800
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Scott Stallings *270Cameron Tringale271
Bob Estes270Jimmy Walker271
Bill Haas270Gary Woodland271
Brendon de Jonge271Webb Simpson272
Andres Romero271Kyle Stanley272

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Greenbrier Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Scott Stallings (270) -- Bob Estes, Bill Haas
2010Stuart Appleby (258) -- Jeff Overton

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20102011
Scott Stallings---Won
Bob EstesT-21T-2
Bill Haas---T-2
Brendon de Jonge3rdT-4
Gary WoodlandmcT-4
Webb SimpsonmcT-9
Carl PetterssonT-51T-18
Keegan Bradley---T-43
Jeff Overton2ndT-49
Stuart ApplebyWonmc
Phil Mickelson---mc
Tom Watson---mc
Jim FurykT-9---
Brandt SnedekerT-16---
K.J. Choi------
Dustin Johnson------
Steve Stricker------
Tiger Woods------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - Seung-Yul Noh
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished 1st
Last week's Darkhorse (Brian Davis) - Finished tied for 49th
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels to West Virginia this week for The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Seven of the top 25 players in the world are competing, led by world No. 4 Tiger Woods. He is joined by fellow Americans Webb Simpson (5), Steve Stricker (13), Phil Mickelson (15), Dustin Johnson (16), Keegan Bradley (23) and Bill Haas (25).

Woods will be playing in this event for the first time. He is coming off his third victory of the season last week at the AT&T National. Woods is the only player with three PGA Tour wins this year. With his win last week, Woods passed Jack Nicklaus for second place all-time on the PGA Tour wins list with 74. He now trails only Sam Snead, who recorded 82 victories.

The Old White Course at the Greenbrier Resort is located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. 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 20th at the Constellation Senior Players Championship last week. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $6.1 million, with the winner receiving $1,098,000.

Last year, Scott Stallings trailed by as many as five strokes in the final round, 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 by 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 Stricker captured the 2011 title.

07/03 15:06:15 ET

As of July 3, 2012, at 03:06 PM ET