Greenbrier Classic

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The Greenbrier Classic
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Tournament information
Location White Sulphur Springs,
West Virginia
Established 2010
Course(s) The Greenbrier
Old White TPC
Par 70
Length 7,287 yards (6,663 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6.5 million
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 258 Stuart Appleby (2010)
To par −22 Stuart Appleby (2010)
Current champion
Argentina Ángel Cabrera
The Greenbrier is located in United States
The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier
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Location in the United States

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

Opened 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[1] at an average elevation of approximately 1,850 feet (560 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]

Course[edit]

Old White TPC Course in 2013

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 217 3
7 Plateau 430 4 16 Cape 444 4
8 Redan 234 3 17 Oaks 616 5
9 Punch Bowl 404 4 18 Home 175 3
Out 3,496 34 In 3,791 36
Total 7,287 70

Source:[1]

History[edit]

2010[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9]

2011[edit]

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.[10]

2012[edit]

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.[11][12]

2013[edit]

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.

2014[edit]

In 2014, it was 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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2014 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 68-68-64-64=264 −16 2 strokes 6,500,000 1,170,000
2013 Jonas Blixt  Sweden 66-67-67-67=267 −13 2 strokes 6,300,000 1,134,000
2012 Ted Potter, Jr.  United States 69-67-64-64=264 −16 Playoff 6,100,000 1,098,000
2011 Scott Stallings  United States 70-65-66-69=270 −10 Playoff 6,000,000 1,080,000
2010 Stuart Appleby  Australia 66-68-65-59=258 −22 1 stroke 6,000,000 1,080,000

Concerts[edit]

The Greenbrier Classic Concerts Series take place at the West Virginia State Fair Grounds.

Year Thursday Friday Saturday
2010 Reba McEntire Rascal Flatts Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley
2011 Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw The Black Eyed Peas Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban
2012 Toby Keith with Lionel Richie Rod Stewart with The Fray Bon Jovi
2013 Kenny Chesney no concert Aerosmith
2014 no concert Maroon 5 Jimmy Buffett

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Course Map". Greenbrier Classic. 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Greenbrier Classic set for 2010 Tour schedule
  3. ^ "Inside the course: Greenbrier's Old White TPC". PGA Tour. July 3, 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. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hard work pays off for Appleby in winning with a historic 59". PGA Tour. August 2, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The 59 Club: Four players share the Tour's record low". PGA Tour. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Daily Wrap-up: Round 4, The Greenbrier Classic". PGA Tour. July 31, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Daily Wrap-up: Round 4, The Greenbrier Classic". PGA Tour. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ted Potter Jr. wins in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°47′13″N 80°18′50″W / 37.787°N 80.314°W / 37.787; -80.314