Mickelson making his final Open adjustments at Greenbrier
With The 147th Open now less than three weeks away, the race for spots at Carnoustie is hotting up.
And attentions on the PGA Tour turn to West Virginia and what was formerly known as the Greenbrier Classic with up to four spots available for qualification for The Open.
With former Champion Golfer of the Year Phil Mickelson also in the field at a tournament that is now called ‘A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier’ – there are links to the Claret Jug wherever you look.
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This week the field at the Old White TPC course is packed with talent – seven of the top 35 in the current world rankings are in attendance as well as five of the top 12 in the FedEx standings.
But there are also those chasing a strong finish and a chance of the Claret Jug as well.
Up to four berths to The Open Championship are available for players among the top 12 not already booked for Carnoustie.
After Sunday, just one berth will be left for the John Deere Classic’s top non-qualified finisher among the top 5.
Mickelson claimed his Claret Jug back in 2013 but five years later he is in fine touch as Carnoustie comes closer.
The American left hander has bagged seven top-15 finishes in his last starts and will tee off as one of the favourites at the Greenbrier this week where he is an ambassador.
Although his record is not that strong here, he did crack the top 20 last year and will be hoping to replicate youngster Xander Schauffele who took the prize 12 months ago.
Another left hander with multiple Green Jackets is Bubba Watson – and he is probably shining even brighter than Mickelson at present.
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Watson is the only three-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and is a member of the Greenbrier Sporting Club – even if he has yet to finish in the top ten in the event.
But after his victory at the Travelers Championship at the end of last month, Watson will surely take some stopping here in West Virginia.
BEST OF THE REST
On top of that, Schauffele returns as the defending champion while also keep an eye on the in-form Tony Finau – making his first appearance since tying for fifth at the US Open – who has cracked the top 13 twice here before.
Webb Simpson – winner at the Players Championship this season and another to reach the top ten at the US Open – is also teeing it up as is Kevin Kisner who narrowly missed out on the title in 2016 on a play-off.
For the 2018 edition, the event has been renamed A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, in honour of U.S. military involvement at the site - such as its use as a military hospital during World War II.The 147th Open takes place at Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, from 15-22 July and you can be there to witness history by securing your ticket at TheOpen.com/Tickets.