July 2 2013
Bubba Watson will be grouped with Phil Mickelson and Ted Potter Jr. (Wickerham/Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM staff
In just three years, the Greenbrier Classic has developed into a favorite stop on the PGA TOUR schedule.
Just look at this year's field -- which features 68 TOUR winners among the 156 players who have come to compete at The Old White TPC. Not to mention, World Golf Hall of Famer and 2014 Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, who succeeded Sam Snead as the pro emeritus at The Greenbrier, makes a rare visit to his old TOUR stomping grounds.
Here are some of the groups PGATOUR.COM will be watching during the first two rounds. Check out the tee times and let us know your favorites in the Comments section below.
Also, check out a statistical breakdown of all the Featured Groups in Stats Report.
Scott Stallings, Billy Horshel, Boo Weekley: Stallings knows what it takes to win at the Old White TPC after his playoff victory in 2011. Both Horschel and Weekley are winners already this season and among those bidding for a spot in the British Open -- the top five players not already exempt in the top 20 of the FedExCup standings when The Greenbrier Classic is over will get invitations.
Phil Mickleson, Bubba Watson, Ted Potter, Jr: This group of lefthanders includes the defending champ in Potter, who finished eagle-birdie to force a playoff with Troy Kelly that he won on the third extra hole. Mickelson, who finished a disappointing second at the U.S. Open, has missed the cut in his two previous starts at the Old White TPC while Watson is making his first appearance.
Charles Howell III, Louis Oosthuizen, Ken Duke: Howell, who is looking for his first win since 2007, broke par in his first six rounds at the Old White TPC but hasn't shot in the 60s in his last four. Duke, who tied for seventh in his Greenbrier Classic debut, won his first PGA TOUR event two weeks ago in Hartford. Both are looking to play their way into the British Open. Oosthuizen, a former British Open champ, only has one top-10 this year and is playing the Greenbrier Classic for the first time.
Webb Simpson, Nick Watney, Bill Haas: Simpson and Haas have positive vibes at this event with the former finishing in the top 10 each of the last two years and the latter losing in a playoff in 2011. Haas also has momentum after winning last week at the AT&T National. Watney has never played The Greenbrier Classic but he's looking for find some momentum for the summer after missing three cuts and tying for 61st in his last four starts.