If you blinked you missed the PGA Tour’s offseason. That’s right, last season ended just a few weeks back and the fellas are ready to peg it up again to kick off the new 2019-20 Tour campaign. There is a different look this time around with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier making its debut as the season opener. Due to changes in the Tour schedule last season, the event wasn’t played. The field returns to The Old White TPC layout in Sulphur Springs, W.V., for the first time since Kevin Na emerged victorious in July, 2018. This is also the first event with a new cut-line rule of top-65 with no ties, which could impact the matchups. And speaking of matchups, here is a list of tournament matchup odds from top online sportsbooks.
A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Anirban Lahiri +100 vs. Danny Lee -120
Marc Leishman -110 vs. Joaquin Niemann -110
Sungjae Im -115 vs. Joaquin Niemann -105
Scott Piercy -120 vs. Russell Henley +100
Mackenzie Hughes +105 vs. Nick Taylor -135
Harold Varner III +100 vs. Kevin Streelman -120
Nick Watney +100 vs. Matt Jones -120
Andrew Landry -125 vs. Jason Dufner +105
Zach Johnson -135 vs. Ryan Armour +115
Jimmy Walker -110 vs. Kevin Chappell -120
Keegan Bradley -120 vs. Brian Harman +100
Bryson DeChambeau -120 vs. Jason Kokrak +100
Bryson DeChambeau -115 vs. Viktor Hovland -105
J.B. Holmes +105 vs. Sepp Straka -125
Denny McCarthy -120 vs. Austin Cook +100
Bronson Burgoon +100 vs. Russell Knox -120
Bud Cauley -105 vs. Martin Laird -115
Joel Dahmen -150 vs. David Hearn +130
Bill Haas -110 vs. Brendon Todd -120
Nate Lashley -110 vs. Roberto Castro -120
Sebastian Munoz -135 vs. Beau Hossler +115
Fabian Gomez -120 vs. Harry Higgs -110
Tom Lewis -115 vs. Robert Streb -105
Adam Schenk -120 vs. Brandon Hagy -110
Cameron Tringale -105 vs. Branden Grace -115
Brian Stuard -135 vs. Brice Garnett +105
Brendan Steele +105 vs. Doc Redman -135
Sungjae Im -120 vs. Marc Leishman +100
Bubba Watson -135 vs. Scottie Scheffler +115
Cameron Smith +115 vs. Kevin Na -135
Bubba Watson -105 vs. Byeong Hun An -115
Grayson Murray -110 vs. Kramer Hickok -120
Viktor Hovland -120 vs. Jason Kokrak +100
Byeong Hun An -140 vs. Scottie Scheffler +120
Henrik Norlander +105 vs. J.J. Spaun -135
Need to Know
Most of the bigger names on Tour elect to sit out during the fall after a grueling season so we’ll see an evenly-matched field for the most part. That also gives some of the younger players a chance to make a statement. Also, this is the first tournament with the new cut-line, which is now the top 65 and ties with no MDFs. It figures to affect only a small percentage of the field, but every bit counts when wagering. The Old White TPC is the only course this tournament has ever known, serving as the host since 2010. At first glance the 7,286-yard layout seems long, but playing at elevation tends to level the playing field. Sure, it helps to hit the ball a long way, but being accurate in the fairways is more important here with severe penalties for going of track. It isn’t a difficult course, but an all-around game suits the track best.
A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier Matchup Picks
Sungjae Im -115 vs. Joaquin Niemann
I like Im in this matchup because of his consistency all last season. He played a Tour-high 35 events and was the only rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship. The only issue for him might be having too much time off between events, but the rest was well deserved. He finished last season with seven top-10s and totaled 16 top-25 finishes. This field and layout should allow him to have a big week and I’ll take him in this matchup.
Harold Varner III +100 vs. Kevin Streelman
Varner III played spectacularly in the first FedExCup playoff event with T3 at The Northern Trust. While he didn’t fare as well at the BMW Championship, he showed a lot of fans how his game has progressed. HV3 was stellar last fall, and the field along with a solid approach game and history here will allow him to not only contend for his first Tour victory, it’ll also give him a win in this matchup.
Bubba Watson -105 vs. Byeong Hun An
I don’t like Watson for the individual title but I’ll take him in this matchup mainly due to his familiarity with the course and surroundings. He has property at Greenbrier so he has an advantage over the field, and he’s 5 for 5 with three top-20s at this event. He has yet to place among the top-10, but that shouldn’t derail his quest.
Robert Streb -105 vs. Tom Lewis
He’s not a big name but he kinda owns this course. And Streb has new life after emerging from the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He has a pair of runner-up finishes at Greenbrier losing by a stroke to Xander Schauffele in 2017 and in a playoff in 2015. He also has a T11 making him a course horse. Oh, he also enters with two top-5s in his last four overall starts giving him an edge over his matchup partner.
Brandon Hagy -110 vs. Adam Schenk
Hagy took a medical leave, but he looks to be in good form after a T5-T2 flurry in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to secure his PGA Tour card. Hagy is a big hitter and gaining strokes off the tee will allow him to have success in this matchup. He’s played Greenbrier in the past with a T18 in 2017, so he’s not a newbie. Distance isn’t always a factor here, but Hagy can pound it for the matchup win.
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