The Greenbrier Classic was 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.
|Location||White Sulphur Springs,|
Old White TPC
|Length||7,286 yards (6,662 m)|
|Prize fund||$7.5 million|
|Month played||July (September in 2019)|
|Aggregate||258 Stuart Appleby (2010)|
|To par||−22 Stuart Appleby (2010)|
Opened 106 years ago in 1914, The Old White course joined the TPC network of courses in March 2011. It was extended to 7,287 yards (6,663 m) in 2013, and reduced by a yard in 2017; the average elevation is approximately 1,850 feet (565 m) above sea level.
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. Due to the effects of severe flooding in June, the 2016 tournament was cancelled.
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). 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 and was the first event of the 2020 season. It was announced in April 2020 that, due in part to decreased attendance in its September date making the tournament less appealing to sponsors, the event would not return and the remainder of the contract with the tour had been cancelled by mutual agreement.
Old White TPC Course in 2018
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
|A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier|
|2020||15 Sep 2019||Joaquín Niemann||Chile||259||−21||6 strokes||Tom Hoge||7,500,000||1,350,000|
|2018||8 Jul 2018||Kevin Na||United States||261||−19||5 strokes||Kelly Kraft||7,300,000||1,314,000|
|2017||9 Jul 2017||Xander Schauffele||United States||266||−14||1 stroke||Robert Streb||7,100,000||1,278,000|
|2016||10 Jul 2016||Cancelled due to flooding|
|2015||5 Jul 2015||Danny Lee||New Zealand||267||−13||Playoff|| David Hearn
|2014||6 Jul 2014||Ángel Cabrera||Argentina||264||−16||2 strokes||George McNeill||6,500,000||1,170,000|
|2013||7 Jul 2013||Jonas Blixt||Sweden||267||−13||2 strokes|| Steven Bowditch
|2012||8 Jul 2012||Ted Potter Jr.||United States||264||−16||Playoff||Troy Kelly||6,100,000||1,098,000|
|2011||31 Jul 2011||Scott Stallings||United States||270||−10||Playoff|| Bob Estes
|2010||1 Aug 2010||Stuart Appleby||Australia||258||−22||1 stroke||Jeff Overton||6,000,000||1,080,000|
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