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Greenbrier Classic: Fantasy Picks and Equipment Round-Up

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The combination of luxury, tradition and history at the Greenbrier makes it the perfect host for a PGA Tour event, yet the Greenbrier Classic has only existed since 2010.

In that time, however, the tournament has produced a slew of winners with all different types of games, ranging from brawny bomber and two-time major champion Angel Cabrera to 656th-ranked Ted Potter, Jr., who broke his ankle after slipping on a curb in August of last year.

Of the five winners of this event (Cabrera, Jonas Blixt, Potter, Scott Stallings and Stuart Appleby) four finished top five in strokes gained/putting on the way to victory. Cabrera, Blixt, Potter and Appleby also finished top three in putts per GIR en route to victory. The lone exception, Stallings’ win came from a superb ball-striking week in which he ranked fifth in driving distance, T2 in GIR percentage (79.2) and fourth in strokes gained/tee-to-green. 

With those stats in mind, here is our slate of picks for this week, along with a look at each player’s putter, odds from GolfOdds.com and a quick Tiger Woods prediction—T36.

Steven Bowditch 60/1

Fresh off a T15 at the Travelers Championship that earned him a spot in the British Open, Steven Bowditch is playing carefree golf. He won the AT&T Byron Nelson in May and has proven himself as more than just a one-win wonder. Bowditch is ninth in overall putting average and third in one-putt percentage (43.72), not to mention second in scrambling (68.1 percent). A T2 finish at the Greenbrier in 2013 and a T18 in 2011 don’t hurt, either.

Bowditch is putting with a Bettinardi Queen B Model 6.

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George McNeill 40/1

Two-time PGA Tour winner George McNeill missed the cut at Chambers Bay but has a string of decent finishes as of late, not to mention a solid record at the Greenbrier. He finished second last year after a final-round 61 and T17 in 2013. He also shot 64 in his first ever competitive round at the Greenbrier (in 2010), though a second-round 76 led to a missed cut. McNeill’s putting stats are solid: He’s 36th in strokes gained, 16th in total putting and T15 in putting from 10-15 feet.

McNeill is putting with an Odyssey Versa #1 Wide Black putter.

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Kevin Kisner 30/1

Kevin Kisner’s first PGA Tour victory is coming, it’s just a matter of when. The 31-year-old has four top-10s since the RBC Heritage, including two playoff losses. He finished T12 at Chambers Bay in only his second major start. Kisner has been knocking on the door, as they say, and the Greenbrier might be the site of his overdue breakthrough.

Kisner is putting with an Odyssey White Hot Pro #7.

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Daniel Summerhays 80/1

Another guy hunting down that first W is Daniel Summerhays, who finished T9 at Greenbrier in 2013 and fifth in 2012. He also finished an encouraging T27 at the U.S. Open despite a third-round 78, and has two other top-10s since the Valspar Championship. Summerhays is 20th in strokes gained/putting, 21st in total putting and 20th in three-putt avoidance (1.98 percent).

A Ping staffer, Summerhays is putting with a Karsten BR T60.

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Check back Monday to see how our picks fared and which club(s) played the biggest role in determining victory.

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