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Cabrera looks to defend title at Greenbrier 07-01-2015
Angel Cabrera
Ángel Cabrera ransacked The Old White TPC on his way to victory at last year's Greenbrier Classic and returns for his shot to defend.
The Argentine is still searching for his first top 10 of the season, having collected at least one in 10 of his last 11 seasons. Taking advantage of The Old White TPC's generous fairways, Cabrera split 46 (of 56) fairways on his way to 19 birdies and a pair of eagles. Just like the first four Greenbrier champions, it was his first time seeing the course.
de Jonge searching for maiden at Greenbrier 07-01-2015
Brendon de Jonge
Brendon de Jonge returns to a favorable venue at this week's Greenbrier Classic.
The Zimbabwean enjoys The Old White TPC, collecting a pair of top 5s in his first two trips, adding three more paychecks since. His current form is slightly concerning, missing the cut in three of his last five starts. As a North Carolina resident and Virginia Tech alum, he's very familiar with golf in this area of the country. Gamers should target de Jonge in all formats this week.
Howell III looks for slumpbuster @ Greenbrier 07-01-2015
Charles Howell III
Charles Howell III looks to break out of a prolonged rut at this week's Greenbrier Classic.
CH3 arrives on the heels of seven straight finishes outside the top 30. It's unusual for someone as consistent as Howell III. Over the years, he's garnered a reputation of peaking early in the season, but there are usually a few top 10s left in the chamber that get dispersed throughout the year. Gamers should enter this week with low expectations for Howell III, but also put a check mark in the due for a rebound column.
Pinckney continues rookie season @ Greenbrier 07-01-2015
Scott Pinckney
Scott Pinckney will have his first look at The Old White TPC during this week's Greenbrier Classic.
The PGA TOUR rookie is flashing some fine form as of late, finishing co-runner-up at the Byron Nelson while adding in a T25 at last week's Travelers Championship. He currently sits in 59th on the FedExCup leaderboard after a 13-for-20 start to the season. Pinckney will be making his tournament debut but should still remain a high-consideration sleeper for gamers this week.
McNealy making debut at Greenbrier Classic 07-01-2015
Maverick McNealy
Maverick McNealy makes his way to The Old White TPC for this week's Greenbrier Classic.
The junior-to-be at Stanford will be making his second career PGA TOUR start, the first being a missed cut at the 2014 U.S. Open. The Jack Nicklaus Award winner also qualified for the inaugural Barbasol Championship, an event taking place opposite of the Open Championship later this month. Gamers should just sit back and watch this week, as there will be plenty of future investment opportunities for the World No. 2 ranked Amateur.
Bowditch looks to stay hot at the Greenbrier 07-01-2015
Steven Bowditch
Steven Bowditch looks for second win of the season at this week's Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Bowditch (No. 17), is one of nine players in the field at The Greenbrier Classic in the top 25 in the FedExCup standings. The Aussie is now a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR (149 starts), including this year at the AT&T Byron Nelson. In total, he's made only 12 of 22 cuts on the season, but half have gone for top 25s, tossing in a solo second at the season-opening Open. The 32-year-old, who celebrated his birthday nine days after his BNC win, hasn't lost much momentum following the victory, going T22 and T15 in his last two starts. The one hiccup was an 80 on Sunday at the Memorial, where he entered the final round at 8-under-par. Bowditch is 3-for-4 at the Greenbrier including a runner-up finish in 2013.
Tringale has two top-5 finishes at Greenbrier 07-01-2015
Cameron Tringale
Cameron Tringale tees it up on The Old White TPC for a sixth time at this week's Greenbrier Classic.
Tringale rolls into town at 42nd in the FedExCup standings. He's not exactly on-form however, following his solo second at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (tied career-best in 157 starts) with T56-T43-MC-MC-T54. In total, he's 15-for-21 on the season with two top 10s (T5, Shell Houston Open the other). At the Greenbrier, the 27-year-old finished T4 in 2014 for his second top-5 finish in five starts (MC-2010, T4-2011, T56-2012, T72-2013, T4-2014).
Bae is 25th in FEC, but you wouldn't know it 07-01-2015
Sang-Moon Bae
Sangmoon Bae checks into the Greenbrier Resort for his third playing of The Greenbrier Classic.
Bae is 13-for-21 on the season with four top 25s, which double as top 10s, good for 25th in the FedExCup standings. If the season were to end today, he'd make the TOUR Championship. Interesting, as he hasn't registered a top-25 finish in his last 14 starts, dating back to his T8 at the Northern Trust Open in February. On topic, Bae won the season-opening Open (October) and hit on his other top-10 finishes at the no-cut CIMB Classic (T5) in November and the no-cut Hyundai TOC (6th) in January. The 29-year-old is 2-for-2 on the Old White TPC with a T52-2012 and T16-2014.
Merritt looks to rekindle flame at Greenbrier 07-01-2015
Troy Merritt
Troy Merritt makes his 21st start of the season at this week's Greenbrier Classic.
Merritt was the 36 and 54-hole leader (by three) at the RBC Heritage in April but settled for a third-place finish. His tour of Harbour Town GL included a course-record-tying 10-under-par 33-28=61 in round two. He's missed three of five cuts since, cashing a 72nd at THE PLAYERS and a T52 at the Memorial. In total, he's 10-for-20 on the season with two top 25s, both doubling as top 10s (6th, Valspar Championship the other), good for 104th in the FedExCup standings. The 29-year-old has cashed twice in three starts on the Old White TPC, including a T16 last year and a T83/MDF in the inaugural 2010 edition.
Chad Collins looks to extend streak to eight 07-01-2015
Chad Collins
Chad Collins rides a cool wave into this week's Greenbrier Classic and arrives 110th in the FedExCup standings.
Collins is in the midst of a consecutive cuts made streak of seven heading into the Greenbrier, currently T8 on the PGA TOUR in that category. That includes a T39 at last week's Travelers Championship and a T11 at the Shell Houston Open to begin the stretch. The five in-between haven't cracked the top 40, but still. Staying on topic, Collins is 2-for-2 at the Greenbrier with a T51 in the 2010 inaugural and a T68 last year, where he opened in 4-under-par 66 (73-70-72). The 36-year-old, who earned his card via the Tour Finals, is a more-than-respectable 14-for-18 on the season, but just three have busted the top 25, including the aforementioned T11.
Immelman enters the Greenbrier 214th in FEC 07-01-2015
Trevor Immelman
Trevor Immelman gets the nod into this week's Greenbrier Classic via a sponsor exemption.
Immelman began the year No. 473 in the Official World Golf Ranking and has cratered to No. 760. He has but three paydays on the season (totaling $46,228) on 14 starts. They read: T46/ Open; T49/no-cut CIMB Classic and T82/MDF at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Not exactly the stuff to write home about for the former Masters champion. The South African's last top 25 on TOUR was a T10 at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open, 40 starts ago. He's competed in all five editions of The Greenbrier Classic going 2-for-5 with a personal-best T14 in 2011 and a T57 last year.
Wiesberger hoping to change Sunday fortunes 07-01-2015
Bernd Wiesberger has featured prominently in the last two editions of the Alstom Open de France and is back for more this year.
His bare results of T18 in 2014 and T13 in 2013 don't tell the full story as he was in the top five going into the final round both times before falling away with closing scores of 77 and 75 respectively. Wiesberger is 4-for-4 at Le Golf National and a steady T27 in Germany last week looks good prep for this week's test where accuracy off the tee and strong iron play is rewarded. He's a two-time runner-up on the European Tour this year although, somewhat surprisingly for a player often in contention, the 29-year-old hasn't won since 2012.
Levy ready for home game at Le Golf National 07-01-2015
Alexander Levy
Alexander Levy slots in at 27th on the Race To Dubai ahead of this week's Alstom Open de France.
Although just 24, Levy has played this venue many times as an amateur and the European Tour has even turned to him to provide a course guide for this week's annual showdown. This is his fifth start at Le Golf National as a pro and he's improved his score each time although last year's new best is still modest at T35. Levy's current form should appeal to gamers. He finished third at the Nordea Masters on his last start in Europe and also T27 in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay two weeks ago.
Dubuisson looks to shine on return to France 07-01-2015
Victor Dubuisson will hope to put on a show for his home fans at this week's Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National.
He's 4-for-5 at the Paris venue as a pro but has struggled to put four rounds together. That's highlighted by his best finish of T18 in 2013 when he carded 68-75-76-66. It's a similar story with his current form which shows pockets of good play but no title challenge. However, thanks to twins 67s in the middle two rounds, he did post T20 in Germany last week which was his best strokeplay finish since a T17 at the Shell Houston Open in early April. With Le Golf National hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup and Dubuisson desperate to be part of Team Europe again, he certainly has huge incentive this week.
Kjeldsen owns one of best records in France 07-01-2015
Soren Kjeldsen
Søren Kjeldsen has enjoyed plenty of good results at Le Golf National and returns there for this week's Alstom Open de France.
The Dane has been rejuvenated on the European Tour this year with five top 20s in his last eight starts, that run including a victory in the Irish Open and a second place at the Nordea Masters. While he's struggled for much of the last few years, Kjeldsen has continued to enjoy his trips to this venue and has finished T26 or better in eight of his last 10 visits. That includes top 10s in 2008, 2012 and 2013. He's currently slotted in at T17 on the Race To Dubai.
Donaldson makes way back to Le Golf National 07-01-2015
Jamie Donaldson
Jamie Donaldson takes part in this week's Alstom Open de France and hopes a return to the European Tour will improve his fortunes after a lean spell in America.
Although he showed up strongly at Sawgrass when T8 at THE PLAYERS, the Welshman has missed five of his last seven cuts on the PGA Tour. In between, he did cross the Atlantic for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and posted T18 so Donaldson will hope to come alive again in Paris this week. The signs are good. He's finished T5 and T6 in his last two visits to Le Golf National and with this venue staging the 2018 Ryder Cup, he's likely to feel some positive vibes and reminders of his winning shot at Gleneagles in Europe's 2014 victory.