Greenbriar Classic 2012: A Look at Big Names Atop the Standings

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2012

Webb Simpson
Webb SimpsonHunter Martin/Getty Images

Webb Simpson is the leader at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic and is one of the few notable names in the top portion of the third-round standings.

With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson surprisingly missing the cut, the lack of star power at the tournament might make fans less likely to watch over the weekend.

However, fans who don't watch the action in the final two rounds will be missing out because there are many talented golfers that will make the last 36 holes of the tournament very exciting.

Let's look at a few big names atop the standings.

John Daily

The veteran golfer is six-under par and three strokes behind the leader. Daly has made eight birdies and three bogeys in two rounds, and his consistent play is a good sign heading into the third round.

Daly hasn't finished in the top 10 of any tournament this season, but he definitely has a good chance to earn a solid finish at the Greenbrier Classic if he continues to limit his mistakes.

Ricky Barnes

Five birdies helped Ricky Barnes climb within striking distance of the lead heading into Saturday's third round.

Barnes is currently five-under par and just four strokes behind the leader. He has one top-10 finish this year, and could earn his second if he continues to drive the ball well off the tee and hit the fairways consistently.

Webb Simpson

Simpson is currently the leader of the tournament at nine-under par. Simpson has made very few mistakes in the first two rounds, evidenced by his 10 birdies and one bogey.

He already has five top-10 finishes and one PGA Tour win this season, and could certainly add another victory to his resume with no big stars chasing him.