Played this week at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the Greenbrier Classic has "Lefty" Mickelson top favorite in the betting odds.
Three time Masters champion and winner of 39 PGA TOUR events, Phil Mickelson leads the betting odds to win this second edition of the Greenbrier Classic. Mickelson did not play in the first-ever Greenbrier Classic last year. "Lefty" is playing excellent golf at the moment, so it is just a matter of time for him to lead the leaderboard again.
It was Stuart Appleby who won the tournament by one stroke over Jeff Overton in 2010. Appleby needed to go 11-under in the final round (shooting a 59) to claim that victory. Appleby, with just one Top-10 finish through 20 tour events in 2011, is a long shot in the golf betting odds at 100/1.
Apparently, odds makers have greater hopes for last year's runner up Jeff Overton in this edition. His odds are currently sitting at 22/1. Overton's performance over the Old White in 2010 proves he feels at home on the course.
Let's quickly review the top contenders outright odds to win the Greenbrier Classic (Odds courtesy of Bodog): Phil Mickelson 9/1, Sergio Garcia 16/1, Charles Howell III 18/1, Jeff Overton 22/1, Webb Simpson 22/1, Retief Goosen 25/1, Brandt Snedeker 28/1, Andres Romero 33/1, Bill Haas 33/1, Gary Woodland 33/1, Spencer Levin 33/1, Anthony Kim 40/1, Brendon De Jonge 40/1, Chris Kirk 40/1, Davis Love III 40/1, J.B. Holmes 40/1.
Phil Mickelson is also the 14/1 favorite to be the first-round leader at The Greenbrier Classic, and he is at -110 odds to end up in the Top 10 at the event. Special note for punters: there could be excellent value in Sergio Garcia's odds, as this fine golf player continues his stunning return to form. He finished tied ninth at the British Open, to make it two consecutive top ten finishes in majors.
U.K. golf fans will be able see the Greenbrier Classic live on Sky Sports, with coverage starting at 3 pm GMT on Thursday, July 28.