2015 Greenbrier Classic picks + predictions, plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

I wrote the following thoughts as my preview last year, and they’re so fitting that I’m rolling with them again for this year’s tourney preview- Here are the things that come to my mind when thinking of the Greenbrier:

–        Stuart Appleby (bizarro world name = Apple Stuartby) and his 59
–        A wicked awesome clubhouse and something about the Cold War
–        The coolest name of any TPC course (Old White TPC)
–        Also possibly the coolest city name where a PGA Tour event is held- White Sulphur Springs, WV
–        A tournament director (Jim Justice) who pays players under the table to play in his event…oh wait, did I just say that out loud? #coughcoughTigerWoods
–        The 18th hole being a par 3 (nope, it’s not an executive course)
–        A rocking fireworks show that I need to attend someday.
–        #birdieplethora
–         Lastly- I wish I wasn’t always out of town on July 4th weekend so I could actually watch the tourney.  Guessing I’m not alone there…

A rip roarin’ solid week for my picks last week at the Travelers Championship as my Lockzilla Bubba Watson took home the trophy and my Semi-Flier on Graham DeLaet paid off big time as he finished solo 4th.  My Hosel-Rocket BUST of the week on Tony Finau wasn’t a total shank as expected, but a t-25th finish was hardly anything to write home about.  My Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week on Russell Knox was a victim of a WD after round 1 due to an illness.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Bubba 1st, Keegan t-39th)

Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet– Finally!  Graham burst through in a big way last week in finishing solo 4th at the Travelers Championship (my Semi-Flier of the week).  Ok, so yeah, it wasn’t the long awaited PGA Tour victory that we’ve all been waiting for, but that’s simply inevitable sooner than later…and this very well could be the week, as long as he keeps rolling the flatstick with authority.  He’s 3/3 for here, including a t-12th, so course experience meets good form.  Loving me some more DeLaet again this week.

Pat Perez
Pat Perez
– Other than Kevin Na and his 8 consecutive top 20s (which busted at the U.S. Open), Pat Perez was arguably the most usually-under-the-radar guy who was streaking as well as anyone on Tour, with six consecutive top 26 finishes or better, up until the Memorial where he started strong on Thurs + Fri (68-70), only to badly fade on the weekend to a t-57th finish.  With a couple weeks of rest, Perez is ready to shred a venue where he is 4/4 in cuts made, including a t-6th and t-9th finishes.  He’ll be overlooked due to that recent layoff, making this the perfect time to pounce.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: DeLaet 4th)

Brendon de Jonge
Brendon de Jonge
– Man, you’d think that the zillions of birdies that this Zimbabwean makes annually would pay off in a big way sooner than later.  Well, if victory is ever going to happen, this very well could be the site, as de Jonge is 5/5 in cuts made here, including a t-4th in ’11 and solo 3rd in ’10.  His form of late isn’t great, but with him that doesn’t usually seem to matter as his best weeks often come off of missed cuts from the week prior.  One of these weeks, I’m telling you, it’s finally going to happen…

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Finau t-25th)

George McNeill
George McNeill
– George played one of the most emotionally-charged, stellar rounds in recent PGA Tour history here last year, posting a final round 61 after finding out about his sister’s passing en route to a solo 2nd place finish.  Arriving back here this year will certainly trigger some emotions for George and it’d be hard to imagine that it won’t be some sort of negative one year later.  He was on a very solid run earlier this season, but missed the cut at the U.S. Open in his last start and I’m predicting another weekend off for George this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Knox WD)

Charlie Beljan
Charlie Beljan– The Beljan Bomber, Beljan Waffle, whatever you want to call him…Charlie flat out loves this venue, as evidenced with a t-3rd and t-11th finish in two of his past three appearances here.  The crazy part about both of those solid finishes is that in both cases his form heading into the week was WD and MC city, then boom, t-3rd and t-11th.  Well, last week he missed the cut at the Travelers Championship, which actually is misleading as he was within the top 10 for the tourney early on Friday morning, only to finish with a triple bogey and two bogies coming in to miss the cut by one shot.  Ouch.  The week prior he finished a very solid t-18th at the U.S. Open, so yeah, the form is there, and so is the course history.  Beljan bomb your way to victory this week.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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