2017 The Greenbrier Classic Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

I’m going to keep the write-up short this week (we all know about the devastating flood that swept through White Sulphur Springs last June—absolutely amazing what they’ve done in just 12 months time to get the course ready to host this week) and hop right into some picks:

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Haas t-13th)

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
– As I get older, very little genuinely seems to shock me anymore.  But, count the Phil/Bones breakup as one of those shocking moments for me.  Some people will see it as a negative, and long term while that may be the case, with the very consistent season that he’s had thus far (hasn’t missed a cut since September!) I expect that he’ll not only keep up that momentum, but raise his level even higher and win again very soon.  No question about it, what better place to do it than at a location where he owns a home, and should feel comfortable.  Don’t fall trap to the 0 for 3 career record here, he has the “W” in his sights.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Ollie t-63rd)

James Hahn
James Hahn
– I don’t believe that I’ve ever picked James before (other than as my BUST), and I promise not to make a habit of it, but I’m intrigued by his trend of late.  In his last four events, he has a solo 3rd (Nelson) and a t-6th (Memorial).  He also notched a t-46th last week at the Quicken Loans, which might not sound like much, but plain and simple I think he’s got some positive momentum on his side and will contend again soon, very possibly this week. Oh yeah, and he finished t-6th here the last time the tourney was played (2015).

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Hurley t-63rd)

David Lingmerth
David Lingmerth
– Last week’s flavor-of-the-week opened with back-to-back stellar rounds of 65, only to post a pair of 73s on the weekend and fade into a t-5th finish.  His track record here is mighty solid (t-9th, t-16th, t-6th), but I’m calling for last weekend’s derailment to continue his slide into being more David Lingmerth-y (instead of a trustworthy, top tier player like some have been making him out to be these past two weeks).  Stay away and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: DeLaet MC)

Luke Donald
Luke Donald
– Definitely an extra dash of BOLD this week as Luke hasn’t seen the weekend since April at the RBC Heritage, where he finished runner-up.  Have no fear though, that runner-up came on the heels of a missed cut and a t-69th place finish, so he can quickly burst into contention out of nowhere.  Greenbrier seems to be the right kind of fit for his game, as the fairways are generously wide (Donald sprays the ball off the tee) and is not overly long.  Too much talent for that MC streak to continue, expect him to raise some eyebrows this week.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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