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| ||The PGA Tour moves to West Virginia this week for the Greenbrier Classic. The
event gets a boost from a pair of big names as Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson
will tee it up on the Old White TPC. Mickelson skipped the inaugural event
last year, as did Watson, who is the golf professional emeritus at the
Greenbrier. Watson is skipping the U.S. Senior Open to compete in this
tournament. Last year, Stuart Appleby fired the second 59 in less than a
month on the PGA Tour to gain the win. Appleby shot his magical score in the
final round and he needed every stroke as he beat Jeff Overton by a single
shot. Overton parred the final two holes to end one back. The victory was
Appleby`s ninth on the PGA Tour, but first in over four years. Appleby`s 59
was the fifth on the PGA Tour and second in less than 30 days as Paul Goydos
carded a 59 earlier last July. Sean O`Hair had been in the field, but
withdrew after winning the Canadian Open on Sunday. Including Mickelson,
there are nine players in the field this week that have won this season.
There are also 13 major champions scheduled to compete. Golf Channel has
coverage of the first two rounds, and CBS will televise the final two rounds.
There are a pair of events next week. The top players in the world will be in
Ohio for the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational, where Hunter Mahan closed with a
64 to win by two last year. The remainder of the PGA Tour will be in Nevada
for the Reno-Tahoe Open, where Matt Bettencourt won by one last year, when
the event was played opposite the British Open.