Golf Rankings for The Greenbrier Classic
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #10
Even though Mickelson has missed the cut each of the last two years at The Greenbrier Classic, he is easily this week’s top choice. Lefty earned a share of second in both of his June events and landed another podium finish two months ago at Quail Hollow. Phil is now first in birdie average, ninth in scoring average and seventh in All-Around Ranking.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #19
Simpson is the only player with a pair of top-10 finishes in both the 2011 and 2012 events at Greenbrier. Webb is coming off a T5 at Cromwell and has made five of his last six cuts. Simpson ranks 15th in birdie average and 16th in scoring average.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #13
Watson has never played the Greenbrier, but is coming off a solo fourth at Cromwell, his best showing since the season opener. Bubba is now third in birdie average, fourth in greens in regulation percentage and sixth in driving distance. Watson will be playing at the Greenbrier for the first time.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #29
Haas earned a share of second in his Greenbrier debut back in 2011. Last year, he entered the final round of play scored in 11th, but struggled and finished T33. Haas has missed three of his last five cuts. However, the two other results were impressive: a T4 in the Memorial and last week's victory at Congressional.
Horschel came into last week’s event at Congressional with a T4 in the U.S. Open and a T10 at TPC Southwind. Unfortunately, a poor third round of play tanked any hope of a solid result. Horschel has played Greenbrier each of the last two years with a T33 in 2012. Horschel is second in birdie average, seventh in total driving and ninth in All-Around Ranking.
Graham Delaet [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #118
DeLaet has now finished inside the top 30 in six straight starts, including a solo third at Cromwell and a T8 at Congressional. He finished T12 in last year’s Greenbrier tournament after a T45 in 2010. DeLaet is first in greens in regulation percentage, 12th in birdie average, 14th in scoring average and second in total driving.
Spieth is coming off a solo sixth at Congressional to give him five top-10s in 10 of the 14 events in which he’s made the cut this season. He’s now 13th in total driving and eighth in All-Around Ranking. Spieth, who turns 20 later this month, is playing the Greenbrier for the first time.
Weekley finished T9 in the inaugural Greenbrier event back in 2010, but missed last year’s cut. Since winning at Colonial, he has finished T27 at TPC Southwind and missed the cut at the U.S. Open. Weekley is sixth in total driving and 16th in All-Around Ranking.
Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #73
Among the players in this week’s field that have played all three Greenbrier Classics, de Jonge’s average finish of 19.7 ranks best among them. He finished solo third in 2010, T4 in 2011, but only managed a T52 last year. De Jonge has missed two of his last four cuts, but is still good for 24th in total driving and 17th in All-Around Ranking.
Russell Henley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #48
Henley is playing the Greenbrier for the first time and is coming off a T34 at Congressional. He’s currently 15th in birdie average, 16th in strokes gained – putting, 16th in total driving and 11th in All-Around Ranking.
Scott Piercy [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #37
A missed cut at the U.S. Open ended a streak of three straight finishes inside the top 30 for Piercy. He missed the cut in the 2011 Greenbrier tournament, but placed T16 the year before and T12 in 2012.
Stallings won the 2011 edition of the Greenbrier, but placed T56 a year ago. He recently halted a spiral of four straight missed cuts to record three consecutive finishes inside the top five. However, Stalling placed T53 in the U.S. Open and missed the cut last week at Congressional.