The PGA Tour heads to West Virginia and the Old White TPC this week for A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (it’s a golf tournament). This tournament is rich with tradition and features some of the best golf architecture we see throughout the season. Tee Times
The Ex That Just Won’t Go Away
Last year’s tournament at Old White gave us the first career victory for Xander Schauffele. Starting the day three shots back of the lead, X birdied 16 and 18 to clip Robert Streb by a single shot. He has since won the Tour Championship at East Lake last September and become one of the up-and-coming stars on tour.
The Greenbrier suffered substantial flooding damage in 2016, forcing the tournament to move for a year. Keith Foster was brought in to restore this C.B. Macdonald masterpiece last spring, and the 2017 event showed the brilliance of both Foster and Macdonald. Shot value was restored as Foster brought back the Macdonald charm and strategy. The course is littered with template holes, including the Biarritz 3rd, Redan 8th and Short 18th.
Motivated by their love of falconry, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson both own property at The Greenbrier. Both lefties will tee it up this week and look to add to their strong seasons. Bubba has already won three times, while Phil notched his first win in 5 years in Mexico.
Former Oregon Duck Norman Xiong will make his professional debut this week. Xiong was this year’s Haskin’s Award winner after having an incredible 2-year career at Oregon. His game is extremely professional already, and it will be exciting to see him tee it up against his new peers.
Carnoustie is Calling
Four more spots in the Open Championship are up for grabs this week to players in the top 12 that are not already eligible for the event. With only the John Deere left before heading across the pond, players on the outside are left with just two chances to capture a spot.
The Greenbrier has had many different styles of play win there over the years. It is also a great course for longshots. See who Paulie is picking this week for DraftKings and daily fantasy HERE.
The European Tour heads to Ballyliffin Golf Club this week for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. With the Open Championship only a few weeks out, many players start heading to the UK in preparation. This week’s field includes Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Peter Uihlein, Thomas Pieters and Andy Sullivan. Tee Times
Can’t spell CHEATINGK without KANG
A remaining story from the weekend is the he-said-he-said between Joel Dahman and Sung Kang. On the 10th hole, Kang’s ball failed to clear the hazard, and the two got into a battle over where the ball last crossed. Other witnesses have come forward trying to help clear things up. Dahman went so far as to call it cheating, something you don’t hear very often on the PGA Tour. Read the full recap HERE.
Templates are Hot in the Streets
With the spotlight on Old White this week, Lawson Klotz took a look at some templates at Seth Raynor’s Lookout Mountain. Read his full article HERE.
Graeme McDowell had to withdraw from his Open Championship qualifier after the airline lost his clubs.
The RBC Canadian Open will move to the week prior to the U.S. Open in 2019. This event will replace the FedEx St. Jude, which is moving to August.
TJ Vogel Monday qualified for the 7th time this season, breaking Patrick Reed’s record of six.
Finally, our thoughts go out to SMU golf coach Jason Enloe this week. Jason’s wife Katie lost her battle with leukemia after just six months.
We posted some photos of Chicago Golf Club in anticipation of next week’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open.