Expert Picks for The Greenbrier Classic
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #41
Since recording five top-six finishes during the early portion of the season -- including a win at the Transitions Championship -- Woodland has just one top-10 finish in 10 starts since. However, he’s made five straight cuts with three finishes of 30th or better. Woodland ranks fifth in driving distance, 13th in greens in regulation percentage and 20th in both birdie average and total driving.
Davis Love III [Yahoo Class C]
With six top-25 finishes in 15 starts this season, Love has already matched his total from last year. In his last three starts, Love has finished no worse than 12th and matched a season-best result of ninth at The Open Championship. Last year at the Greenbrier, Love peaked at T18 after the second round, but finished T60.
Brandt Jobe [Yahoo Class C]
Over his last 14 starts, Jobe has three top-10s and four other finishes of 23rd or better. While Jobe missed the cut at the John Deere Classic, expect a rebound performance this week. He ranks first in total driving, 18th in birdie average and 21st in All-Around Ranking.
J.B. Holmes [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #30
From February through May, Holmes recorded six top-15 finishes in eight stroke play events. In the four starts since, he’s yet to finish better than 47th and just missed his first cut of the season at The Open Championship. Last year, Holmes entered Sunday tied for fourth at the Greenbrier, but finished T16 while ranking third in driving distance and T8 in putting. On Tour this season, Holmes is first in driving distance, fifth in birdie average and 18th in All-Around Ranking.
John Rollins [Yahoo Class C]
Over his last five starts, Rollins has set new season-best finishes with a T6 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship followed by a share of second two starts later at the Travelers Championship. A year ago at the Greenbrier, Rollins finished T21 and was seventh in driving distance. He currently ranks second in total driving and 25th in All-Around Ranking. A pair of recent strong performances coupled with last year’s success could see Rollins settle into a comfortable spot on the leaderboard.
Heath Slocum [Yahoo Class C]
After an abysmal start to the year, Slocum has recovered to make five consecutive cuts, including two finishes of 17th or better. Although he’s not a bomber off the tee, Slocum ranks fourth in driving accuracy percentage. Slocum is also third in greens in regulation percentage and could continue turning his season around if he can get it going with the putter.
John Merrick [Yahoo Class C]
Prior to missing the cut at the RBC Canadian Open, Merrick had three top-15 finishes in four previous starts. Among bottom-tier golfers, Merrick is certainly worth a flyer thanks to his 35th-placed All-Around Ranking. He also ranks fourth in total driving, 16th in scoring average and 19th in greens in regulation percentage.
Jonathan Byrd [Yahoo Class C]
Last year at the Greenbrier, Byrd entered Sunday tied for fourth but dropped to finish T21. He opened this season with a victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but has missed three straight cuts shortly after finishing second in the Wells Fargo Championship and T7 at the Memorial Tournament. Sitting 36th in All-Around Ranking, Byrd could take flight as a contender if he can reclaim his consistency.
Woody Austin [Yahoo Class C]
After missing four straight cuts, Austin has awoken with three straight top-30 finishes, including a season-high T6 at the RBC Canadian Open. A year ago at the Greenbrier, he finished T4 while ranking in the top-10 in fairways hit and putting. Strongly consider Austin as sleeper pick when rounding out your squad.
Scott Piercy [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #39
Thanks to a T18 in the Viking Classic and a T6 at the RBC Canadian Open, Piercy is now very much on the radar. He ranks eighth in eagles (holes per), ninth in driving distance and 13th in strokes gained – putting. Piercy finished T16 at the Greenbrier last year and could challenge for another top-10.
Chez Reavie [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #123
With three straight top-16 finishes, Reavie is clearly on a roll. In addition, he ranks sixth in total driving and 17th in greens in regulation percentage. Reavie did not play in this event a year ago, but is playing well enough right now to lean on.
John Senden [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #185
Over his last six starts, Senden has a pair of top-10 finishes and has finished 30th or better in two straight events. He finished T21 at the Greenbrier last year and has only missed two cuts in his last 15 starts this season. Senden ranks eighth in greens in regulation percentage and ninth in total driving.
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