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2018 A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier Rundown

Located within the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, "America's Resort" is home to the Military Tribute at the Greenbrier. The championship will be held at the Old White TPC named after "Old White Hotel" that used to be located within the Greenbrier.  

The Old White TPC 18th hole

 

The resort has very rich history to it, designed by Charles Blair MacDonald, who is considered the father of American golf course architecture. His philosophy behind the design of the course was to incorporate the world's best 18 holes into one golf course.

For example, the 8th hole is is designed in the likeness of the Redan hole at North Berwick, Scotland and the 15th hole mimics the Eden hole at St. Andrew's, Scotland.    

15th hole at the old white tpc at the Greenbrier

15th hole at The Old White TPC

 

In 2016, the course experienced a major flood that caused major renovations. The tournament was cancelled in 2016, but was as good as ever last year in its first tournament back from the flooding.

A 7,286 yard par 70, the course lies with generous fairways, but challenging greens. However, still expect the field to put up low numbers. The course record was set in its inaugural year in 2010, when winner Stuart Appleby posted a course record score of 59 (Sam Snead had the previous record of 60) and went on to win with a score of 22-under. 

Xander Schaufelle defending Greenbrier classic champion

 

Xander Schauffele is the Greenbrier's defending champion who won with a score of 14-under. This was Schauffele's first PGA Tour win, and kickstarted his season as he went onto win Rookie of the Year.  

The Field

Not a star studded field like the Traveler's Championship, but a stronger field than last week's Quicken Loans National. The player field that will be competing for the Springhouse Trophy, the betting favorite at the moment is Tony Finau at 12-1 odds. Following Finau are Bubba Watson at 14-1 odds, then Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, and Russel Henley are all at 16-1 odds. 

Expect the favorites to post a lot of red numbers as the tournament record was 258 (22-under) from Stuart Appleby in 2010 and last year Schauffele won with a score of 14-under. 

I would predict the winning score to be somewhere in between those two scores as the course has definitely revamped itself into better shape following the flood in 2016.  


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