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Greenbrier Classic 2014: Tee Times, Dates, TV Schedule and Prize Money

CROMWELL, CT - JUNE 19: Bubba Watson of the United States studies his putt on the 15th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at the TPC River Highlands on June 19, 2014 in Cromwell, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2014

Lost in the midst of World Cup fever and the NBA free-agent frenzy, the PGA Tour continues its fast track to The Open Championship with this week's Greenbrier Classic.

Set at The Old White TPC in West Virginia, the event was founded in 2010 and is still getting its footing in terms of landing the game's biggest names. Tiger Woods, who made his not so triumphant return from back surgery last week, will not be in attendance. Neither will Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson or Matt Kuchar.

Of the game's 10 top-ranked players, only one (Bubba Watson) will be in the field this week. In fact, the highest-ranked player after Watson (No. 3 in the world) is Jimmy Walker (No. 17). 

What the event lacks in star power, however, it makes up for in the national introduction of some unknowns. Ted Potter Jr. and Scott Stallings got their first wins at the Greenbrier. Last year's event made many fans familiar with Jonas Blixt, who now has two top-five finishes in the last three majors.

If nothing else, every stop on the PGA Tour is worth checking out because it could be your first opportunity to see a contender pop out of the woodwork.

Plus, who really likes seeing Woods competing on Sunday, anyway? (Everyone? Oh, crap.)

With that in mind, let's check in on when everything is going down in West Virginia and preview the 2014 Greenbrier Classic. 

 

Greenbrier Classic Information

When: July 3 - July 6

Where: The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

FedEx Cup: 500 points to winner

Purse: $6,500,000 ($1,170,000 to winner)

2014 Greenbrier Classic TV Schedule
DayTime (ET)Channel
Thursday, July 33 p.m. - 7 p.m.Golf Channel
Friday, July 43 p.m. - 7 p.m.Golf Channel
Saturday, July 51 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Golf Channel
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.CBS
Sunday, July 61 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Golf Channel
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.CBS
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Greenbrier Classic Thursday Tee Times (Hole No. 1)
Time (ET)PlayerPlayerPlayer
7:00 a.m.James HahnThorbjorn OlesenGonzalo Fdez-Castano
7:10 a.m.William McGirtShawn StefaniMichael Putnam
7:20 a.m.Brian DavisMartin FloresKevin Kisner
7:30 a.m.Sang-Moon BaeRory SabbatiniStuart Appleby
7:40 a.m.J.J. HenryDavis Love IIIMike Weir
7:50 a.m.Marc LeishmanK.J. ChoiCharles Howell III
8:00 a.m.Chris KirkScott BrownKevin Na
8:10 a.m.Woody AustinCharlie BeljanTommy Gainey
8:20 a.m.Sean O'HairHeath SlocumTag Ridings
8:30 a.m.Ricky BarnesPeter HansonRobert Streb
8:40 a.m.Scott McCarronTroy KellyBrice Garnett
8:50 a.m.Doug LaBelle IIPatrick CantlayWill Wilcox
9:00 a.m.Scott GardinerBenjamin AlvaradoRod Perry
12:00 p.m.Andres RomeroChris StroudBilly Hurley III
12:10 p.m.Pat PerezGreg ChalmersChad Collins
12:20 p.m.Roberto CastroBrian HarmanRichard H. Lee
12:30 p.m.Johnson WagnerTim ClarkRobert Allenby
12:40 p.m.Jonathan ByrdY.E. YangAngel Cabrera
12:50 p.m.Brendon ToddJ.B. HolmesBubba Watson
1:00 p.m.Webb SimpsonKeegan BradleyTom Watson
1:10 p.m.Ted Potter Jr.Kyle StanleyBryce Molder
1:20 p.m.Stephen AmesBrendon de JongeDaniel Summerhays
1:30 p.m.Steve MarinoJosh TeaterDanny Lee
1:40 p.m.Jamie LovemarkKevin FoleyJeff Curl
1:50 p.m.Alex PrughHudson SwaffordMikey Moyers
2 p.m.Miguel Angel CarballoKevin TwayBrian Anania
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Greenbrier Classic Thursday Tee Times (Hole No. 10)
Time (ET)PlayerPlayerPlayer
7:00 a.m.Paul GoydosNeal LancasterCharlie Wi
7:10 a.m.Jason BohnChad CampbellJames Driscoll
7:20 a.m.Brendan SteeleJoe DurantJeff Maggert
7:30 a.m.Mark WilsonDavid TomsScott Verplank
7:40 a.m.Michael ThompsonBen CurtisDarren Clarke
7:50 a.m.Patrick ReedBill HaasSteve Stricker
8:00 a.m.Jimmy WalkerScott StallingsJonas Blixt
8:10 a.m.D.A. PointsJhonattan VegasJustin Leonard
8:20 a.m.David LingmerthTroy MerrittScott Langley
8:30 a.m.John DalySpencer LevinAndrew Svoboda
8:40 a.m.Will MacKenzieTrevor ImmelmanJohn Peterson
8:50 a.m.Jim HermanTyrone Van AswegenPatrick Rodgers
9:00 a.m.Brad FritschEdward LoarBrian Agee
12:00 p.m.Nicholas ThompsonKevin ChappellTim Wilkinson
12:10 p.m.Camilo VillegasJason GoreJim Renner
12:20 p.m.Luke GuthrieBen MartinD.H. Lee
12:30 p.m.Derek ErnstBrian GayHarrison Frazar
12:40 p.m.Ken DukeJohn HuhVijay Singh
12:50 p.m.Gary WoodlandNick WatneyCarl Pettersson
1:00 p.m.Steven BowditchChesson HadleyGeorge McNeill
1:10 p.m.Matt BettencourtTroy MattesonMorgan Hoffmann
1:20 p.m.Daniel ChopraDavid HearnJustin Hicks
1:30 p.m.John RollinsNick FaldoCameron Tringale
1:40 p.m.Bud CauleyWes RoachBobby Wyatt
1:50 p.m.Andrew LoupePeter MalnatiOliver Goss
2:00 p.m.Alex AragonBronson La'CassieRobert McClellan
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Greenbrier Classic Preview

CROMWELL, CT - JUNE 19:  Jonas Blixt of Sweden watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at the TPC River Highlands on June 19, 2014 in Cromwell, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Gett
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If you're looking for an early group to watch when it comes to this course, look no further than the two-day threesome of Blixt, Stallings and Walker. Stallings is the 2011 champion here, Blixt took the event last year, and Walker is the second-best player overall in the field.

Since taking the Greenbrier, the past 12 months have been an up-and-down affair for Blixt. The Swede finished fourth in the 2013 PGA Championship and nearly won the whole thing at Wimbledon, but his results have been otherwise inconsistent. He comes into this week having been cut in two straight events and three of his last four dating back to Augusta.

Stallings has added two more trophies to his mantle over the last three years, including the Farmers Insurance Open in January. But his successes have been intermittent, and he wasn't even in the field for last month's U.S. Open.

Realistically, Walker is the one with the best chance to take this event. He's moved into the top 20 this season after breaking through with three victories and consecutive top-10 finishes at major championships. At age 35, it's something of a weird time for a breakout. Walker turned pro in 2001 and didn't even qualify for a major championship between 2003 and 2009.

PINEHURST, NC - JUNE 15:  Jimmy Walker of the United States hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 15, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  (Photo by Street
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During that period, he bounced back and forth between the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. Walker is on a shortlist of the least likely top 20 players in recent golf history. One member of this trio will compete deep into the weekend. Heck, maybe two of them will. But it will be interesting to see how this group shakes out given the variance between the players.

Most eyes will be fixed on Watson, the Masters champ who is also trying to get through a recent patch of struggles. Watson struggled miserably at Pinehurst en route to missing his second cut in his last three major appearances.

The lone one between was, of course, Augusta, so it's not all bad. But we've come to expect more from top-five players, and Watson's inability to put it all together for long stretches continues to plague his reputation.

The game's longest driver currently sits just inside the top 100 in driving accuracy and has been miserable pitching out of the sand all season. That, along with poor putting, was his undoing at the U.S. Open.

If there's anywhere Watson can get back on track, though, it's here. He and his family recently moved to Greenbrier resort, giving him the advantage of using the Old White TPC whenever he pleases for a practice round.

CROMWELL, CT - JUNE 19:  Bubba Watson of the United States watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at the TPC River Highlands on June 19, 2014 in Cromwell, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wi
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"I've played it probably five times in the last two weeks, so I have been able to see it and have been able to familiarize myself with it," Watson told reporters. "That doesn't mean when the pressure is on and the conditions are right I'll play good. It just means I have a better chance of seeing the course a few more times."

When it comes to an event like this, any advantage matters—no matter how small Watson wants to make it seem. He should be considered a significant favorite this week given the relative lack of competition and the ability to sleep in his own bed.

Other notables who could contend include Steve Stricker, Kevin Na, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley.

 

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