Greenbrier Classic

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A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
Greenbrier Classic 2nd logo.png
Tournament information
LocationWhite Sulphur Springs,
West Virginia
Established2010
Course(s)The Greenbrier
The Old White
Par70
Length7,286 yards (6,662 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7.5 million
Month playedJuly (September in 2019)
Final year2019
Tournament record score
Aggregate258 Stuart Appleby (2010)
To par−22 as above
Final champion
Chile Joaquín Niemann
Location Map
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

The Greenbrier Classic was a golf tournament in West Virginia on the PGA Tour, played on The Old White 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]

Opened 107 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 skipped the 2019 season and was the first event of the 2020 season.[10] 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.[11][12] In addition, the PGA Tour no longer has a Tournament Players Club affiliation with The Greenbrier.

Course[edit]

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

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16][17]

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 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.

2015[edit]

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.

2016[edit]

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.

2017[edit]

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.

2018[edit]

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.

2019[edit]

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.[18]

2020[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
2019 Chile Joaquín Niemann 259 −21 6 strokes United States Tom Hoge 7,500,000 1,350,000
2018 United States Kevin Na 261 −19 5 strokes United States Kelly Kraft 7,300,000 1,314,000
Greenbrier Classic
2017 United States Xander Schauffele 266 −14 1 stroke United States Robert Streb 7,100,000 1,278,000
2016 Cancelled due to flooding
2015 New Zealand Danny Lee 267 −13 Playoff Canada David Hearn
United States Kevin Kisner
United States Robert Streb
6,700,000 1,206,000
2014 Argentina Ángel Cabrera 264 −16 2 strokes United States George McNeill 6,500,000 1,170,000
2013 Sweden Jonas Blixt 267 −13 2 strokes Australia Steven Bowditch
Australia Matt Jones
United States Johnson Wagner
United States Jimmy Walker
6,300,000 1,134,000
2012 United States Ted Potter Jr. 264 −16 Playoff United States Troy Kelly 6,100,000 1,098,000
2011 United States Scott Stallings 270 −10 Playoff United States Bob Estes
United States Bill Haas
6,000,000 1,080,000
2010 Australia Stuart Appleby 258 −22 1 stroke United States Jeff Overton 6,000,000 1,080,000

References[edit]

  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. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. 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 July 3, 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2018/07/10/pga-tour-schedule-playoffs-shortened-end-before-football-season/770508002/
  11. ^ "Greenbrier event permanently removed from PGA Tour schedule". Golf Channel. April 16, 2020.
  12. ^ "The Greenbrier, PGA Tour come together in time of crisis" (PDF). Greenbrier Classic. April 16, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  13. ^ "Hard work pays off for Appleby in winning with a historic 59". PGA Tour. August 2, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  14. ^ "The 59 Club: Four players share the Tour's record low". PGA Tour. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  15. ^ "Daily Wrap-up: Round 4, The Greenbrier Classic". PGA Tour. July 31, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  16. ^ "Daily Wrap-up: Round 4, The Greenbrier Classic". PGA Tour. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  17. ^ "Ted Potter Jr. wins in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  18. ^ DiMeglio, Steve (December 16, 2019). "PGA Tour shuffles schedule to finish Playoffs before football season". USA Today. Retrieved April 17, 2020.

External links[edit]

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