Free Tips For The Greenbrier Classic 2019
A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier Classic kicks-off the new 2019-20 PGA Tour season, with Kevin Na returning as the defending champion.
The venue is the Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a 7,286-yard par 70 where the tournament has been played since 2010. The course was designed by Seth Raynor and Charles Blair McDonald and it celebrated its centenary in 2014.
Stuart Appleby shot a 59 here in 2011, so the committee decided to make it harder before the 2012 edition. In total, 16 holes were changed, with a total of 241 yards added, whilst all the greens were changed to Bentgrass. The changes made an instant impact, with the scoring being much higher.
The course was forced into making further changes in 2016, when it was devastated by rain. Keith Foster was the man brought in to bring it back to life, which included the strategic repositioning of 20 bunkers.
The greens, which run about 12 on the stimpmeter, were also softened to accommodate more testing pin positions.
Of course, technology has taken the game several steps forward since and Kevin Na shot –19 on his way to victory in 2018. However, this is a course that tests all element of a golfer’s game, with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods having missed the cut here in the past having struggled with correct clubbing at altitude.
In 2018, the Old White TPC Course ranked as the 27th of the 50 courses played on the PGA Tour.
The last Greenbrier Classic took place in July 2018, which meant it wasn’t part of the 2018/19 PGA Tour season, as it was always the intention to move the tournament to a new place in the PGA Tour schedule and use it to kick-start this new season.