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Good morning, friends and degenerates! It’s that time again!

The PGA Tour rolls into the newly rebuilt Old White TPC for that summer staple — the Greenbrier Classic.

After tremendous flooding caused the cancellation of the event and the destruction of the Old White TPC as we knew it, the tour’s best head back to West Virginia looking to tackle the new incarnation of a PGA Tour favorite.

I’ve got to be honest — looking at the field for this week’s event is kind of disappointing. There are less “stars” in this week’s event than newest season of “Dancing with the Stars.” I wouldn’t say I had a “Major League” moment (“Rickie Vaughn? Willy Hayes? I never heard of most of ’em. Mitchell Freedmen? Who are these _____ guys?“) but, yeah, it wasn’t good.

And the odds makers have backed up that notion. “The Field” is paying 5/2 this week, suggesting no one has a damn clue who is going to take this thing.

With a field as wide open as this one, its a good thing I’m here to set you n00bs straight — so pay attention:

The Greenbrier Classic
The Old White TPC – White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
July 6 – 9, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Patrick Reed 12/1
Kevin Kisner 15/1
Bill Haas 15/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
David Lingmerth 20/1
Webb Simpson 25/1
Tony Finau 25/1
Danny Lee 25/1
Bubba Watson 30/1
Keegan Bradley 25/1
Russell Henley 30/1
Charles Howell III 30/1
J.B. Holmes 40/1
Kevin Streelman 40/1
Jimmy Walker 50/1
Si Woo Kim 50/1
Sung Kang 50/1
Xander Schauffele 50/1
Jamie Lovemark 50/1
Harris English 50/1
Gary Woodland 50/1
Jason Kokrak 50/1
James Hahn 50/1
Graham DeLaet 60/1
David Hearn 60/1
Stewart Cink 60/1
Johnson Wagner 60/1
Nick Watney 60/1
Sean O’Hair 60/1
Matt Jones 60/1
Ollie Schniederjans 80/1
Curtis Luck 80/1
Patrick Rodgers 80/1
Bryson DeChambeau 60/1
Ben Martin 60/1
Trey Mullinax 80/1
Braden Thornberry 80/1
Chad Campbell 80/1
Luke Donald 100/1
Geoff Ogilvy 80/1
C.T. Pan 100/1
Luke List 100/1
Hudson Swafford 100/1
Nick Taylor 100/1
Morgan Hoffmann 100/1
Grayson Murray 100/1
Chris Kirk 100/1
Boo Weekley 125/1
Seamus Power 150/1
Field (all others) 5/2

Mortal Locks:

Patrick Reed — On a week like this, it’s easy to take the favorites. You kind of have to, right? I mean, when the field is weaker than an Applebee’s Jack and Coke, you have to hedge your bets — and that’s why I’m taking Patrick Reed. There are a host of other reasons, sure, but the best one is because he’s the most likely to walk away a winner in West Virginia. He’s been playing well and has less bullets to dodge than most weeks on Tour.

Webb Simpson — Taking Webb Simpson this week feels like dating an ex for the second time. You know it’ll never work out, but without any other options you kind of just put up with the BS just to get a little action.  In all seriousness, he’s finally showed a pulse this year and has as good a chance as he’s had in four years to win on Tour. At 25/1, I’m going to regret it — but I can’t help myself.

Kevin Kisner — I think the only player I actually want the action on at the Old White TPC is Kevin Kisner. I’m a firm believer that Kisner will win again on Tour this season and I see no reason why it can’t happen this week at the Greenbrier Classic. Kisner has a win and two runner-ups in 2017 already and is making his first start since finishing T-58 at the U.S. Open. That’s not exactly scalding hot, but he’s playing well enough to warrant a serious look at 15/1.

Bang for Your Buck:

Charles Howell III — Generally speaking, I hate taking guys the week following a disappointing loss because, lets face it, it’s difficult to bounce back that quickly. That said, Charles Howell III is better equipped to handle it than most and has been here before. At 30/1, there are plenty worse options at the Greenbrier than Howell.

James Hahn — This is a bit of a flyer, but, again — the weak field makes solid bets few and far between. And while I will be taking the action on James Hahn, I won’t be betting the farm. Hahn is one of the games bright young talents and a guy who can low with the best of them when he’s on. With less bullets in the chamber this week, it could be high time for Hahn to collect his third win on Tour. At 50/1, why not?

Fun for Under $5:

Grayson Murray — If you don’t know Grayson Murray yet, get familiar. Not so much because his on-course performance has warranted it, but because he’s an absolute character and someone you can feel good rooting for, sometimes for all the wrong reasons. At 100/1, I’m throwing stuff at the wall and hoping it’ll stick.

Curtis Luck — After collecting a career-best T-5 last week at the Quicken Loans National, Luck is playing with house money for the rest of the season. He seems poised to keep his card either via winnings of the Finals, so he can afford to take some more risks and try to go low. At 80/1, a couple shekels is an appropriate investment this week.

There you have it, friends and degenerates. Now it’s off to the Berkshires to listen to James Taylor, drink red wine, check out the cougars and celebrate America’s Birthday like a rich liberal. Until next time, go and choose wisely

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