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The Greenbrier Classic is a golf tournament in West Virginia on the PGA Tour, played on The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. It made its debut in 2010 and replaced the long-standing Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Michigan, on the tour schedule.[2]

A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
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LocationWhite Sulphur Springs,
West Virginia
Established2010
Course(s)The Greenbrier
Old White TPC
Par70
Length7,286 yards (6,662 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7.5 million
Month playedSeptember
Aggregate258 Stuart Appleby (2010)
To par−22 Stuart Appleby (2010)
Chile Joaquín Niemann
The Greenbrier is located in the United States
The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier
Location in the United States
The Greenbrier is located in West Virginia
The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier
Location in West Virginia

Opened 105 years ago in 1914,[3] The Old White course joined the TPC network of courses in March 2011.[4][5] It was extended to 7,287 yards (6,663 m) in 2013, and reduced by a yard in 2017;[1] the average elevation is approximately 1,850 feet (565 m) above sea level.[6]

Played in late July for its first two editions, The Greenbrier Classic moved to early July in 2012. Prior to the 2012 event, the original six-year contract with the PGA Tour was extended another six years, through 2021.[7] Due to the effects of severe flooding in June, the 2016 tournament was cancelled.[8]

In 2018, the event was renamed A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, in honor of U.S. military involvement at the Greenbrier site (such as its use as a military hospital during World War II, and Project Greek Island).[9] As part of major changes to the PGA Tour schedule, the event moved to September in 2019. Since the season began in the fall, the event skiped the 2019 season and was the first event of the 2020 season.[10]

CourseEdit

Old White TPC Course in 2018

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 First 449 4 10 Principal's Nose 385 4
2 Hog's Back 488 4 11 Meadow 493 4
3 Biarritz 205 3 12 Long 568 5
4 Racetrack 427 4 13 Alps 492 4
5 Mounds 388 4 14 Narrows 401 4
6 Lookout 471 4 15 Eden 229 3
7 Plateau 440 4 16 Cape 415 4
8 Redan 234 3 17 Oaks 616 5
9 Punchbowl 408 4 18 Home 177 3
Out 3,510 34 In 3,776 36
Source:[1] Total 7,286 70

HistoryEdit

2010Edit

In the final round of the inaugural year, Stuart Appleby shot a 59, the fifth in PGA Tour history, to win by one stroke. It was his first win on tour in four years.[11] It was the second 59 of the year; Paul Goydos posted the fourth sub-60 score less than a month earlier, in the first round of the John Deere Classic.[12]

2011Edit

The 2011 tournament went to a three-way sudden-death playoff. On the first extra hole with Bob Estes and Bill Haas, Scott Stallings birdied the par-3 18th hole to become the sixth rookie of the season to post a victory.[13]

2012Edit

The 2012 edition was also decided with a playoff in an event where both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson missed the cut in the same PGA Tour event for the first time. In a battle of the relative unknowns (both succeeding on mini-tours before graduating from the Web.com Tour in 2011), Ted Potter Jr. (218th in the world rankings) defeated Troy Kelly (#464) on the third extra hole. After pars at the par-3 18th and par-5 17th, Potter sank a four-foot (1.3 m) putt for birdie at the 18th to gain his first PGA Tour victory.[14][15]

2013Edit

Jonas Blixt won by two strokes over four players for his second PGA Tour win, including third round leader Johnson Wagner. Blixt started the fourth round four strokes behind Wagner.

2014Edit

In 2014, it became one of the events that guaranteed entry into the Open Championship, with slots for up to four players not yet qualified. Ángel Cabrera overcame a final-round 61 from George McNeill for his third PGA Tour win. Earning entry into The Open were McNeill, Chris Stroud, Billy Hurley III, and Cameron Tringale. A two-time major winner, Cabrera gained his first non-major win on the PGA Tour at age 44.

2015Edit

Danny Lee won a four-man playoff over David Hearn, Kevin Kisner, and Robert Streb. Earning entry into the 2015 Open Championship were Lee, Hearn, James Hahn, and Greg Owen.

2016Edit

Due to the damage sustained by the course in the 2016 West Virginia flood, the PGA Tour announced on June 25 that the event had been cancelled.[8] It had been scheduled for July 7–10 and was part of the Open Qualifying Series. The Open exemption was transferred to the Barracuda Championship.

2017Edit

Sebastián Muñoz led the first three rounds, but it was Xander Schauffele who prevailed. Earning entry into the 2017 Open Championship were Schauffele, Muñoz, Robert Streb, and Jamie Lovemark.

2018Edit

Kevin Na gets his first win in seven years with a five-stroke win over Kelly Kraft. Earning entry into the 2018 Open Championship were Kraft, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Kokrak, and Austin Cook.

2019Edit

As part of major changes to the PGA Tour schedule, the event moved to September in 2019. Since the season began in the fall, the event skipped the 2019 season.[16]

2020Edit

Joaquín Niemann gets his first PGA Tour title, and also the first for a Chilean golfer. He made three birdies in the last three holes, finishing with −21.

WinnersEdit

Season Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
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2020 Joaquín Niemann   Chile 259 −21 6 strokes   Tom Hoge 7,500,000 1,350,000
2019 No tournament
2018 Kevin Na   United States 261 −19 5 strokes   Kelly Kraft 7,300,000 1,314,000
Greenbrier Classic
2017 Xander Schauffele   United States 266 −14 1 stroke   Robert Streb 7,100,000 1,278,000
2016 Cancelled due to flooding
2015 Danny Lee   New Zealand 267 −13 Playoff   David Hearn
  Kevin Kisner
  Robert Streb
6,700,000 1,206,000
2014 Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 264 −16 2 strokes   George McNeill 6,500,000 1,170,000
2013 Jonas Blixt   Sweden 267 −13 2 strokes   Steven Bowditch
  Matt Jones
  Johnson Wagner
  Jimmy Walker
6,300,000 1,134,000
2012 Ted Potter Jr.   United States 264 −16 Playoff   Troy Kelly 6,100,000 1,098,000
2011 Scott Stallings   United States 270 −10 Playoff   Bob Estes
  Bill Haas
6,000,000 1,080,000
2010 Stuart Appleby   Australia 258 −22 1 stroke   Jeff Overton 6,000,000 1,080,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Course Map" (PDF). Greenbrier Classic. 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ The Greenbrier Classic set for 2010 Tour schedule Archived 2010-04-12 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Inside the course: Greenbrier's Old White TPC". PGA Tour. July 3, 2012. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Old White TPC". TPC.com. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Greenbrier becomes newest member of TPC Network". PGA Tour. March 28, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "Topo map". mapper.acme.com. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "The Greenbrier extends PGA Tour deal by six years". PGA Tour. July 3, 2012. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "The Greenbrier Classic cancelled due to severe flooding". PGATour.com. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Greenbrier Classic becomes 'A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier'". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  10. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2018/07/10/pga-tour-schedule-playoffs-shortened-end-before-football-season/770508002/
  11. ^ "Hard work pays off for Appleby in winning with a historic 59". PGA Tour. August 2, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  12. ^ "The 59 Club: Four players share the Tour's record low". PGA Tour. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  13. ^ "Daily Wrap-up: Round 4, The Greenbrier Classic". PGA Tour. July 31, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  14. ^ "Daily Wrap-up: Round 4, The Greenbrier Classic". PGA Tour. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  15. ^ "Ted Potter Jr. wins in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  16. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2018/07/10/pga-tour-schedule-playoffs-shortened-end-before-football-season/770508002/

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