Most people who read my posts here on Pro Golf Now, know I love the older courses in the Southeastern part of the country, and The Old White at The Greenbrier Classic is one of my favorites. It is Located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and it conjures up memories of probably the sweetest swing in golf history. To date, Sam Snead still holds the record for most PGA Tour wins
Slammin Sammy picked up his last win in 1965 at The Greensboro Open, but stayed active on the tour until 1987, and had 196 wins world-wide.
Jonas Blixt picked up his second PGA Tour Victory last year at the Greenbrier Classic in what turned out to be a frustrating year for the 30 year-old Swede. He held off a tough field of players on a stormy Sunday that included four runner-up finishers. He was able to hold off the likes of Johnson Wagner, Matt Jones, Stephen Bowditch, and this year’s Fed Ex Cup points leader, Jimmy Walker by two strokes.
There have been four different winners in as many years at The Old White who have all come from behind to win the title including Stuart Appleby in 2012, who shot a 59.
Three-time 2014 winner, Jimmy Walker has had three top-ten finishes at Greenbrier, and will go after his fourth win of the season this week.
It should be a neat week in West Virginia with a rare appearance by Golf Analyst, Nick Faldo, and Ryder Cup Captain, Tom Watson. Steve Stricker will also be making a rare appearance in his preparation for the Open Championship coming up in a couple of weeks.
The Old White Golf Course was built on the site of the Old White Hotel which remained on the property until 1922. The origional nine holes were designed and built by Alexander H. Findlay but Blair McDonald is given credit for designing what we see today.
Macdonald modeled several holes after those in his native Scotland. The eighth hole features a sloped “redan” green styled after North Berwick’s 15th, while No. 13 draws upon the “Alps” at Prestwick and No. 15 imitates “Eden” at St. Andrews.
The course is 7287 yards in length, and plays to a par of 70.
San Snead held the title of the resorts emeritus pro for the later part of his life, and the title today is held by Tom Watson. Snead made his last hole-in-one on the 18th in 1995, seven years before he passed in 2002. He was 89 years old at his death, and 82 when he aced the 18th.
I love tournaments that are rich with history, and this tournaments is one of my favorites!
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