I didn't do a What To Look For last week due to the Tour having not played TPC Potomac in a while and the course went thru renovations and re-design in the process. What's interesting is that the course, back when it was known as TPC Avenel, was once won by one of the premier ballstrikers at the time in Grant Waite.
Kyle Stanley is now one of the best ballstrikers on Tour and the course was very much about driving off the tee with a bias towards hitting fairways rather than distance. Stanley is one of the best drivers on Tour (currently 5th in Driving Effectiveness) and favors more accuracy (currently 7th in Adjusted Hit Fairway Percentage) than distance off the tee.
The Greenbrier Classic will be played at The Old White TPC. The Greenbrier Classic replaced the old Buick Open which was being held in Michigan and had the second most raucous crowds next to TPC Scottsdale.
The Old White TPC was built in 1914 by Charles Blair MacDonald. It went thru some re-designs and then had some slight re-designs last year after the flood which destroyed the course and killed 20 people.
The course has been well received by Tour players since the Tour started coming here. In fact, Bubba Watson took up a summer residence here and it is frequently visited by Lee Trevino. The renovations have kept much of the course the same except they had to re-do each of the 18 greens and supposedly they move the greenside bunkers a little closer to the greens.
I know in the south Bermuda greens are supposedly good for roughly 14 years. When they get renovated with new bermuda grass, I find it usually takes about 1 year for the greens to settle in. So with the bunkers being a little closer to the greens and the greens possibly being firmer (although they have bent grass greens), greenside bunker player could play a factor.
In the past, long approach shots and 3-wood play was quite important here.
Projected Winning Score: - 15
Kevin Kisner +1,400
David Lingmerth +2,500
Webb Simpson +2,800
Graham DeLaet +5,500
3JACK'S DARK HORSE PICKS
Ollie Schniederjans +6,600
Luke List +9,000
Scott Stallings +12,500
Hudson Swafford +12,500
Harold Varner III +12,500