PGA Tour
PGA - The Greenbrier Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 28th through Sunday, July 31st
SITE: The Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV
COURSE ARCHITECT: C.B. 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:  2nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Stuart Appleby
Runner-Up:  Jeff Overton
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:  $6,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,080,000; 2nd Place - $648,000; 3rd Place - $408,000
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Stuart Appleby258Paul Stankowski265
Jeff Overton259Roger Tambellini265
Brendon de Jonge263Jimmy Walker265
Woody Austin265Seven players at266
D.A. Points265
 
Past Greenbrier Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Stuart Appleby (258) -- Jeff Overton

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2010
Stuart ApplebyWon
Jeff Overton2nd
Brendon de Jonge3rd
J.B. HolmesT-16
Brandt SnedekerT-16
Jonathan ByrdT-21
Dean WilsonT-21
Carl PetterssonT-51
Sergio GarciaT-60
Gary Woodlandmc
John Daly---
Retief Goosen---
Bill Haas---
Adam Hadwin---
Phil Mickelson---
Tom Watson---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Sergio Garcia
Darkhorse - Davis Love III
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Matt Kuchar) - Missed the cut
Last week's Darkhorse (Stephen Ames) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels to West Virginia this week for The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White Course TPC Course at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Eight of the top-50 players in the world are competing this week - Phil Mickelson (6), Retief Goosen (20), Gary Woodland (40), Brandt Snedeker (46), Bill Haas (47), Sergio Garcia (48) and Jonathan Byrd (50).

Mickelson is playing for the first time since finishing tied for second at the British Open two weeks ago. With a win this week, he can become the fifth two-time winner on tour in 2011 and move to the top of the FedExCup race. The only multiple winners this season are Nick Watney, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson and Mark Wilson.

The Old White Course at the Greenbrier Resort, is located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Golf legend Sam Snead, the winningest player in PGA Tour history, 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 third at the Senior British Open Championship last week.

Last year, 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 top players on the PGA Tour head to Akron, Ohio for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where Hunter Mahan will defend his title. The rest of the PGA Tour will be in Nevada for the Reeno-Tahoe Open, where Matt Bettencourt captured the 2010 event.

07/26 16:55:25 ET

As of July 26, 2011, at 04:55 PM ET