With the Greenbrier classic approaching, there are a lot of different views on who might take it down this year. Here’s a look at the top 10 candidates for the title.
Odds are taken from Bodog.
1 Jeff Overton (20/1)
Overton has been favored by some to win the event. He’s been excellent on the tough courses, where par is a solid score, and performed well in the Honda Classic, where he tied for 6th at -2 and at the HP Byron Nelson, where he tied for 8th at 1+
2 Andres Romero (33/1)
The Argentine youngster has been solid for the last month, and finished third at the RBC Canadian Open. It’s always easy to favor someone who’s been hot, and Romero fits the bill.
3 Sergio Garcia (14/1)
He finished 7th in the US Open, 2nd at the BMW Intl Open and tied for 9th in the British Open. As with Romero, the momentum bodes well and Garcia seems due for a big win. Garcia was selected by 2 of the 6 expertsw on Golfweek.com to win this event. He finished tied for 7th and tied for 13th in his last two starts and was solo 3rd last year at Greenbrier. He’s heen very consistent, and has 11 top 25 finishes in 15 world wide starts. He’s been in the top 10 in his last 3, including the US and British opens. He ranks 4th in adjusted scoring average on the Tour.
4 Stuart Appleby (100/1)
The Australian hasn’t won much lately, but is always relevant, and he hasn’t been in one tournament since March, so he may be cold.
5 Phil Mickelson (8/1)
Mickelson has finished in the top 10 five times, and very well could this season, as well. Mickelson is always tough to bet against, no matter how unorthodox his game looks at times. Mickelson was picked by Babineau of Golfweek.com to win this tournament.
6 Johnathan Byrd (66/1)
Byrd comes in flashes, it seems. He’s a replacement for this tournament, but tied for 21st last season.
7 Webb Simpson (20/1)
In all around ranking, he is 1st and 5th in birdie average. He’s already had 2 runner up finishes this season and it seems likely that Simpson is in for big things.
8 Brendon De Jonge (40/1)
De Jonge has already shown an ability to have huge tournaments, as he finished in the toip 15th at the John Deere and the Viking Tournament, where he was a combined 32 under. Even if he doesn’t play that well this week, it won’t take that level of dominance to win this tournnament, so to expect big things from De Jonge isn’t unreasonable. De Jonge leads the PGA Tour in total birdies, something that bodes well for this course.
9 Charles Howell III (18/1)
Howell appears to have the makings of a successful pro. He has five top 10 finishes, 3 of his last 4 were top 10, and he finished 24th in the Fed Ex Cup. Last year, he finished tied for 9th. Howell was selected by 3 of the 6 Golfweek.com experts as the winner. Last year, Howell finished tied for 9th. He co-led the field in greens on this course last year.
10 Bill Haas (28/1)
Has has an ability to get a lot of birdies and this course lends itself towards that, so he is going to be in his element. He is also an excellent ballstriker, which will prove to be an important skill on a course like Greenbrier.