The Greenbrier Classic returns to the PGA Tour schedule this week after last year’s event was cancelled following devastating flooding throughout West Virginia.
The Greenbrier’s host course, The Old White TPC, suffered extensive damage and course staff have reportedly done a brilliant job in getting the venue back in good shape for the seventh edition of the tournament.
However, with the Irish Open attracting the likes of Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Rose to join tournament host Rory McIlroy on the other side of the Atlantic in a busy part of the summer, none of the world’s top 20 are in the field.
Coupled with the fact that all six previous winners of the event were outsiders at the time, picking our Greenbrier Classic betting tips promises to be a difficult task.
2015 champion Danny Lee is back to effectively defend his title and the New Zealander makes sense as our first selection at 25/1 given his victory two years ago and recent form.
Lee was third at the Travelers Championship a fortnight ago, two shots outside the play-off won in spectacular style by Jordan Spieth, and followed that up with a tie for 22nd in the Quicken Loans National.
The world number 81 also has two other top-six finishes to his name this season and will hopefully be inspired by returning to the scene of his victory in a four-man play-off in 2015.
It will be interesting to see how Phil Mickelson performs in his first event since splitting from long-time caddie Jim Mackay, but our next Greenbrier Classic selection is his fellow American Russell Henley.
Henley was in contention for the US Open until a final round of 79 and hopefully got that disappointment out of his system with a tie for 46th last week. His victory in the Shell Houston Open earlier this season came after a similar result at Bay Hill and Henley can be backed at odds of 33/1 in the outright betting.
In such a wide-open field, the last of our Greenbrier Classic betting tips comes in the finishing positions market, with Ireland’s Seamus Power available at 25/1 for a top-five finish or 14/1 for a top 10.
Power’s best finish this season has been a tie for 21st, but he has threatened better on several occasions and can hopefully take advantage of the relatively weak field.
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