The Greenbrier Classic was held this past weekend at the beautiful Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfer Springs, West Virginia. The event is each year getting bigger and bigger, and by simply drawing the likes of Tiger Woods to compete, can be considered one of the more premier events on the PGA Tour. This year’s was no let down, and provided plenty of drama.
After Robert Streb tossed his Scotty Cameron putter to his golf bag in the middle of the round, the club snapped in between the shaft and the clubhead. After the round, he insisted that the throw was not out of anger, and the result of it breaking shocked him. However, he responded well, and made five birdies on the back nine while putting with his 56 degree wedge. That was good enough to get him into a a four-way playoff with David Hearn, Danny Lee, and Kevin Kisner.
He and Kisner would bow out after the first playoff hole, but still, it made for an interesting set of events, and a great story of resiliency.
Lee would win the event on the second playoff hole with a par on the long par five, for his first PGA Tour win. Lee was often considered a golfing prodigy at a young age, and won the 2008 US Amateur at close-by Pinehurst number two. His first several years on Tour hadn’t gone as planned, but in his 98th start, he was finally able to breakthrough for his first victory.
In other news from the Classic, Tiger Woods played pretty well. He had his closest proximity to the hole average in over six years on Tour, and if he made half as many putts as we were accustomed to seeing him make in his glory days, Tiger would have definitely been in contention on Sunday. He finished the week off with a bogey-free, three under 67 in round four to post a -7 total. Don’t be shocked if he plays well at The Open Championship over the pond in two weeks. It is back at St. Andrews Golf Links this year, the home of golf, and a place Woods has won twice.
Speaking of The Open, it looks like Rory McIlroy, the World’s number one golfer will miss it and have no chance to defend his title. He hurt his ankle in “a friendly kick-around” of a soccer ball with friends in Northern Ireland on Sunday. This puts Jordan Spieth as the favorite to win, which would be his third major in a row.
Before many head to Fife, Scotland for the playing of the Tour’s oldest event, they will travel to Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic. Spieth broke through for his first win there in 2013 when he defeated Zach Johnson in a playoff. Both Johnson and Spieth should be considered favorites this week, along with Steve Stricker. If you’re playing fantasy golf this week, be sure to include these three in your picks. Also, watch out for Kevin Kisner, who lost in the Greenbrier playoff last week. It was the third time he has lost in a playoff in his last eight starts.
TPC Deer Run, this week’s venue will yield a lot of birdies, and be a shootout type of event if it’s anything like this tournament has been in the past.