Greenbrier Classic

Fantasy Fix

We discuss Tiger's "backness", Stuart Appleby's finest hour, a first for West Virginia, and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop

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Greenbrier Classic

Where: White Sulpher Springs, WVa.

Course: The Old White TPC

Defending champion: Scott Stallings beat Bill Haas and Bob Estes in a playoff to pick up his first PGA Tour win.

Purse: $6,100,000

This Week's Fix Six

1. Webb Simpson
2. Tiger Woods
3. Jim Furyk
4. Bill Haas
5. Jeff Overton
6. Brendon de Jonge
July 3, 2012

Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we're glad to see order has been restored to the world. Katie Holmes has come back to her senses, Ben Folds Five is back touring together, and yes, Tiger Woods is back to winning on a regular basis. Not surprisingly, a lot of golf analysts are also back to sounding like they actually know what they're talking about. And guess what? The man who wears red on Sundays is back in action this week. Let's get to it.


The PGA Tour heads down the road to West Virginia for the Greenbrier Classic. This is the third edition of this event, but its course, The Old White TPC, has a rich history that includes hosting the 1979 Ryder Cup and 1994 Solheim Cup.

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Random tournament fact: Stuart Appleby put this tournament on the map in its first year with a final-round 59 to win in 2010. With the winning score being 12 strokes higher last year, it's safe to say the Old White is the first course ever to have been "Stuart-proofed."


Scott Stallings. Last year, Stallings birdied the par-3 finishing hole to get into a playoff and then hit nearly an identical shot and putt in the playoff to pull out his first win. But 2012 has been disastrous. With seven missed cuts in his last eight starts, Stallings is an obvious candidate to sit on the bench.


Tiger Woods is winning again at the rate we'd grown accustomed to, even if his off weeks are still worse than in the past. While Woods has reestablished himself as the favorite for any event he plays in, in most formats you can't play him every week. Seeing how he's never played the Greenbrier in competition, perhaps this is a good week to give him a rest. Then again, doesn't he always win the tournament he plays in before a major championship?


Webb Simpson. The reigning U.S. Open champ finished T-9 here last year. Normally, I'd be worried about him looking ahead to the next major, but since he won't be playing the British Open with his wife expecting their second child, he should be fully focused.


Starters: Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods, Brendon de Jonge, and Jeff Overton
Bench: Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, Andres Romero, and Seung-yul Noh


This week's pick comes from the wise Shosh Agus-Kleinman (@ShoshEAK) after I asked for non-Tiger predictions:

"Picky picky. OK fine, how about Mr. Furyk? Top 5 in scoring avg, put last week down to a major hangover."

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I like this pick for two reasons: A. I think it's a good play; B. I literally was going to write the same thing, so @ShoshEAK saved me some effort. Hey, it's been really hot in the Northeast lately.

Care to make a guest pick? Be bold and email me at or tweet at me (@AlexMyers3) for a chance to appear in next week's column. Or if you just feel like making fun of my picks or discussing your favorite Ben Folds Five song.

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