McNeill to Spring Back to Form in White Sulphur Springs

The PGA Tour heads to West Virginia this week for a relatively new event the Greenbrier Classic from the Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs. The event started in 2010 and the winner last year was Angel Cabrera. An east coast event it will start around 12pm UK time, on Thursday 2nd July 2015.

The Course & Past Winners

The Old White TPC was the first of five courses at the Greenbrier Club and opened 101 years ago in 1914. It features generous fairways with challenging and undulating greens. A par 70 course which plays 7,287 off the back tees.
The past winners have been:
Year Player Score Players Under Par Winning Margin
Angel Cabrera
Jonas Blixt
Ted Potter Jr.
Scott Stallings
Stuart Appleby
Generally quite easy scoring and 2010 winner famously closed with a 59 to take the victory, 250 yards was added the following year.

The Contenders

Typically last week I had backed Bubba Watson for the two previous Travelers Championship and he hadn't won, didn't back him this year and he won. So he arrives off a good result to make up for his missed cut at Chambers Bay the week before. Played here for the last two years and was 30th in 2013 and 16th last year, but he is the only player with 8 from 8 rounds under par, although his average round of 68.50 is only 18th best in the field.
A few players have two top ten's here but only Webb Simpson has three, with 9th in 2011, 7th in 2012 and 3rd last year, but he did miss the cut in 2010 and 41st in 2012. Indeed he finished in nigh on last in 2010 after rounds of 74 & 76, his worst two rounds here, and they mean his average round of 68.78 is only 33rd best in the field, but he improves to 68.00 which is 5th best if you take those rounds out. Just 56% (10/18) of rounds under par which is down in 45th, but again improves to 63% if you exclude 2010. He was 2nd at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, his home course, but followed that with a missed cut at the Fedex St Jude Classic in Memphis and was then 46th at Chambers Bay.
One of those with two top ten's here is Bill Haas who lost in a playoff on debut in 2011 and 9th in 2013, with 33rd in between and 23rd last year. An average round of 68.13 which is 11th best in the field and 69% (11/16) rounds under par which is 23rd best. Had an extended week off as he missed the cut at the US Open, and like Simpson didn't play last week, before that was 18th at the Memorial, 68th at Quail Hollow and 4th at TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championship.
Prior to the US Open George McNeill had been in good form with top 30 finishes in his previous 6 events including a 5th at Colonial, 29th the week before the US Open was his worst result in that run. Record here is in two halves with missed cuts in 2010 & 11, but 17th & 2nd in the last two years, not playing in 2012. His missed cut in 2010 included an excellent 64 but he followed it with a 76, whilst last year he closed with a 61 so going low here is not a problem. An average round of 68.67 & 58% of rounds under par, but that improves to 67.38 & 75% in the last two years.
With time low I will leave it there, so haven't had time to look massively at the likes of David Lingmerth, Cameron Tringale and of course the defending champion Angel Cabrera. Although neither massively impressed in terms of the brief look at their current form, despite Lingmerth's recent win. Cabrera also won on debut so shouldn't discount Paul Casey who lost a playoff last week and makes his debut here. I've not even looked at that man Tiger who also plays.

My Selection

Bubba is of course good enough to win two weeks running but I'm never a fan and think he's short price gives some value to the others and so I'm going to go with George McNeill, take out Chambers Bay and he's been on a good run of form and good results here in the last two years, including shooting a 61.