- Tiger Woods playing his last event before St Andrews
- Only played Greenbrier once and he missed the cut
- Four spots for the Open also up for grabs
In his last event before competing at the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, Tiger Woods will be desperate for a strong performance at this week’s Greenbrier Classic to offer some hope of a major revival at the Home of Golf.
Only three players who completed two rounds at the US Open two weeks ago carded a worse score than the 14-time major champion, which came off the back of his worst round as a professional at the Memorial Tournament and another lowly finish at the Players Championship.
The Greenbrier Classic is a relatively new event to the PGA Tour schedule, making its debut in 2010, and Woods has only played it once previously, missing the cut on level par back in 2012.
Woods did allegedly have an excellent round during Wednesday’s pro-am, finding fairways and shooting 32 on the front nine.
Like the Travelers Championship last week, the Greenbrier has an extra incentive for those who haven’t yet qualified for the Open at St Andrews with four spots available to those finishing in the top 12 and ties who are not already exempt.
Selected groups (local times)
8am – Webb Simpson, Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey
US Open champion in 2012 Simpson has just one PGA Tour win to his name since that triumph at the Olympic Club. He has, however, recorded a runner-up finish this year at the Wells Fargo Championship. He’s been paired with Oosthuizen, who return to the scene of his 2010 Open Championship win in two weeks, and Casey, who has been in great form this year and narrowly missed out to Bubba Watson in a play-off at the Travelers Championship last week.
8.10am – David Lingmerth, Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker
It’s been a great few weeks for Lingmerth. His play-off win over Justin Rose at the Memorial Tournament was followed up the other day by news that he’d qualified for the Open based on his world ranking. He’s paired with world No.220 Woods, who will be desperate for some pre-Open form and Stricker, who has failed to break the top 25 in the five events he’s played in 2015.
1pm – Bubba Watson, Bill Haas, Davis Love III
Watson’s victory at the Travelers Championship was his eighth on the PGA Tour and he’s straight back into the thick of the action this week in search of more glory. The two-time Masters winner has been grouped with Haas, who won the Humana Challenge way back in January and 2016 US Ryder Cup captain Love, who will be hoping to sneak his way in the Open.
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