WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Two years ago, Stuart Appleby won The Greenbrier Classic at 22 under.
Last year’s winner, Scott Stallings, won at just 10 under.
Why the dramatic difference? Well, Appleby’s final-round 59 made some difference for one. For another, The Old White TPC played much more difficult in 2011.
Last year, the scoring average here increased by over two shots from its 2010 average of 68.54.
In 2010, the field was a combined 691 under for the week — last year that number went 273 over par as players averaged about 6 feet further from the hole and about 10
feet further from the pin on approach shots from the rough.
Also, the field played the par 4s here in a combined 343 over last year — compared to 388 under the year before.
Here’s a look at some other numbers:
The Old White TPC – Comparison
|Scorecard yardage||7,031 yards||7,274 yards|
|Scoring average||1.46 under||0.59 over|
|Field scoring to par||691 under||273 over|
|Driving accuracy||70.5 percent||66.2 percent|
|Greens in regulation||77.2 percent||64.1 percent|
|Proximity to hole||30 feet||36 feet|
|Rough proximity||36 feet||46 feet|
|Birdie percentage from rough||15.9 percent||8.7 percent|
|Par-4 birdie percentage||20 percent||15.3 percent|
|Par-3 performance||71 over||193 over|
|Par-4 performance||388 under||343 over|
|Par-5 performance||374 under||263 under|
- Stuart Appleby
- Scott Stallings