The Greenbrier Classic; Can Finau justify all the chatter with a win?

The Greenbrier Classic is underway in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

And YES, it will be on the Old White TPC as always, but NO, there is no Tiger Woods here.

But there is Bubba Watson, though and Mickelson and a whole lot of other guys.

The Greenbrier Classic is not expected to be the most prestigious in terms of names, but there is still some very good golf to be had and for some of the players, the stakes could be high indeed.

The sensational Jaoquin Niemman got off to a good start and is tied for the lead with Keegan Bradley at six under par, after their respective round ones. The 156-man event is only just in its early stages and the odds favorite Tony Finau is still to take to the green. Bubba Watson is on three under par, tied for fourth, while Phil Mickelson awaits his turn as well.

What are the stakes here?

Phil Mickelson

Mickelson is a Greenbrier ambassador and has also finished no less than 15th in his last 12 starts this season and will be looking to add more sharpness to his game in preparation for the British Open.

Russell Henley

He is coming off a T6 at The Travelers and will look to build on that, going to the Old White. He finished fifth in the last two Greenbrier Classics, and will be looking to improve that this time around.

Bubba Watson

Watson is the only three-time winner on the Tour this season and his win at The Travelers should give him more confidence, but not necessarily the win here at the Old White TPC, but a possible motivation for Watson will be the aim to finish in the top 10, something he is still to achieve on this tournament.

Tony Finau

Ankle surgery forced Finau to adjust his putting grip but that has only made him better. Finau is touted in some quarters to be the next breakout man on the Tour, and finishing T10 in the Masters and fifth in the US Open (after dislocating his ankle) only helped fuel that fire.

He has played twice in West Virginia, finishing 13th in 2015, and then last year when he finished seventh. Finau could also make the Ryder Cup team this year, he’s so close and a win here on the Old White TPC will all but get him a spot.

The Greenbrier Classic will last through to Sunday.