PGA Tour

Phil re-emerges at Greenbrier

2013-07-03 21:23
Phil Mickelson (AFP)
White Sulphur Springs - Phil Mickelson will take centre stage at the Greenbrier Classic this week as the four-time major winner makes his first start since finishing second at the US Open.

The 43-year-old American is not the defending champion that distinction belongs to first-round playing partner Ted Potter, who won in a playoff last year.

Mickelson, who finished runner-up to Justin Rose at the US Open last month, has missed the cut in his two previous starts on the Old White course.

Americans Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley will also be competing, as will Michael Kim, the US Open's lowest-scoring amateur, who is playing on an exemption.

This year's 156-player field features 68 PGA Tour winners.

The event also includes 13 of the top 30 players in the world and 13 major championship winners.

Australia's Stuart Appleby, Canada's Graham DeLaet, Vijay Singh of Fiji, England's Brian Davis and Ryo Ishikawa head up the international field.

Mickelson tees off Thursday in an all-lefty group that includes Potter and Watson, who is making his first appearance in the event.

Last year Potter missed a potential winning putt on the second playoff hole before making a birdie at the third extra hole to defeat Troy Kelly and earn his first PGA Tour title.

Tom Watson, the 2014 USA Ryder Cup captain, is also taking part.

Former winner Scott Stallings (2011) is in a group with Billy Horshel and Boo Weekley. Horshel and Weekley are going for their second wins of 2013.

Louis Oosthuizen, a former British Open champ, is in a trio with Charles Howell and Ken Duke.

Oosthuizen, who is making his Greenbrier debut, has just one top 10 finish so far this year.

Bill Haas will try to carry momentum over from his victory at last week's AT&T National

 

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