Greenbrier Classic experts' picks

July, 1, 2014
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Each week of the season, our experts share their insights into which players fit the criteria for our four categories: Horse for the Course (a golfer who knows the track inside and out), Birdie Buster (a guy who could take it low this week), Super Sleeper (a player who could unexpectedly contend) and Winner.

This week, the PGA Tour is at The Old White TPC course for the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.


Horse for the Course

Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst: Ted Potter Jr.
He has only played the event twice, but he's got a win followed by a sixth-place finish. That's a pretty good indication of a guy who likes the track they're running. And sometimes when your year isn't going great (13 of 21 cuts missed), coming to a familiar spot is just what's needed.

Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Stuart Appleby
The 43-year-old Australian holds the tournament scoring record with a 22 under total in 2010, capped off with a final-round 59.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Jimmy Walker
He's played the Greenbrier the past four years, and he has a second-place finish along with two fourth-place results.

Kevin Maguire, ESPN.com senior golf editor: Davis Love III
In this tournament's brief four-year history, Love owns two top-20 finishes, including a tie for ninth last year. Although he doesn't have a top-20 yet this season, the Greenbrier might very likely be No. 1.


Birdie Buster

Collins: Pat Perez
He hasn't missed two cuts in a row all year, so coming off an MC last week, expect a bounce back. Combine that with a sixth-place finish last year and no missed cuts here in three starts, and it's easy to see his fourth top-10 of the year happening this week.

Evans: Billy Hurley III
At a very difficult Congressional Country Club, the former naval officer shot 1 under over the weekend to finish in a tie for eighth, his third top-10 of the season.

Harig: Brendon Todd
The winner of the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May, Todd has been on a bit of a roll lately. He managed to get into the final group on Saturday with Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open, and he tied for fifth at the Quicken Loans National to earn a spot in the Open Championship.

Maguire: Brendan Steele
With a pair of top-5 finishes in his past two starts, Steele heads to the Greenbrier Classic with one of the hottest hands in golf. Steele has shown a very balanced game, as proved by his spot on the all-around ranking (11th) in the 2013-14 wraparound season.


Super Sleeper

Collins: Kevin Tway
This is a place for guys to "bust out." You know what Jonas Blixt, Scott Stallings and Ted Potter Jr. all have in common? They all won their first trip here. Although I don't think Tway will get the W, I do see a top-five in his near future.

Evans: Patrick Reed
A two-time winner in 2014, Reed probably left Congressional with a bruised ego on Sunday after shooting 77 in the final round. He started the day with a 2-shot lead, but he'll rebound this week at Greenbrier with a strong showing.

Harig: Marc Leishman
The Aussie has been knocking on the door recently, and he had a good chance at Congressional before fading on the weekend.

Maguire: Billy Hurley III
Coming off his second-best finish (T-8) on tour this season at the Quicken Loans National, Hurley looks to take that hometown momentum from Congressional to this week at the Greenbrier.


Winner

Collins: Jimmy Walker
As everyone else took a beating at Congressional Country Club, Walker enjoyed his second week off after the U.S. Open. This is an event he's had serious success at in the past, but this year he finally raises the trophy.

Evans: Brendon de Jonge
The burly 33-year-old Zimbabwean is long overdue to nab his first PGA Tour win. Last year at the Greenbrier, he closed with a 66 to take a tie for 17th. A week ago at Congressional, he posted his second top-10 of the season with a tie for eighth.

Harig: Bubba Watson
After a poor performance at the U.S. Open, Watson looks to rebound at a place he represents, where he has a home and where he seems to enjoy playing.

Maguire: Patrick Reed
Despite his Sunday fade, Reed played solid golf at Congressional for 54 holes. He's also the bubble boy on the Ryder Cup point standings list, so look for Reed to do everything he can to impress U.S. captain Tom Watson, who is in the field this week in West Virginia.

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