With Tiger Woods' win at the AT&T National fresh in our minds, another solid golf tournament is about to begin. The Greenbrier Classic will tee off on July 5 and it will feature a field that is arguably better than the one that just played at Congressional. Woods and Phil Mickelson highlight a pretty strong group that will be gunning for the title. A win for Tiger would be his fourth of the year, giving him a ton of momentum entering the British Open. Meanwhile, Mickelson is right up there in terms of popularity. Together, they bring a lot of respect to this tournament. Of course, many other strong players are in the mix.
As a fan, here are some of the other golfers to watch at this event:
By now, we all know that the reigning U.S. Open champion is skipping the British Open. That means that we should enjoy watching Simpson before he takes a break to be with his family. He ranks in the top 10 of the world rankings and the FedEx Cup standings, so you have to like his chances here. Simpson followed up his U.S. Open win with a disappointing finish at the Travelers Championship, so he is looking to rebound. Knowing that he won't be heading to the British Open, I would expect him to make a statement by pushing to win this event.
The biggest legend in the field probably won't be a factor on the final leaderboard, but we can expect to see him generate a lot of love from the fans. Watson has won eight majors in his storied career and nearly added a ninth with his memorable runner-up finish at the 2009 British Open. He will be one of the most fun players to watch at the Greenbrier, and you never know what the 62-year-old might be able to do.
If anyone needs some confidence, it's Furyk. After letting the U.S. Open slip away in the final holes, Furyk ended up finishing in 34th place at the AT&T National. He only turned in one round under par in that event and is clearly struggling a little. Still, he does have four finishes in the top 10 this season. Don't be surprised to see him make a run again.
The 2011 PGA Championship winner has had a relatively quiet year. He has only two finishes in the top five and finished 68th at the U.S. Open. Travel could also be a factor for Bradley since he just played the Irish Open over the weekend. He missed the cut there, so maybe the two extra days will help. Still, it's probably asking a lot for him to win this event.* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played the game since high school.
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