West Virginia sports betting will finally have a chance to feature an event in its own backyard.
The Greenbrier is set to host a PGA Tour event in September. A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier will be held at the Old White TPC Course from September 9-15, 2019.
A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier
The tournament, formerly known as the Greenbrier Classic, used to be held in July.
However, the PGA Tour’s new condensed schedule made it necessary to move it to the fall. Technically, the event will not be included in the 2018-19 season. Instead, it will be one of the first PGA Tour stops for the 2019-20 season.
The event will recognize the anniversary of September 11, 2001, by honoring the men and women of the United States military and first responders.
Last year’s winner, Kevin Na, shot 19 under par to finish on top of the leaderboard.
The tournament has long been a popular summertime event in the Mountain State thanks to a relatively light sporting event calendar. It will be interesting to see how much interest the tournament will garner when competing with college football.
West Virginia University and Marshall football teams will be playing at home that weekend. The “Battle for the Bell” between Marshall and Ohio is on the schedule, and WVU hosts North Carolina State.
Regardless of where the fans turn up, expect WV sportsbooks to be plenty busy come fall.
WVU hosts Big 12 Golf Championship
The Greenbrier also has another big tournament on the schedule. It will host this year’s collegiate Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship in April.
The four-round, 72-hole tournament hosted by WVU will take place on the same course as the professionals. In fact, the individual college medalist will be given an exemption to play in the PGA event later in the year.
The Big 12 is home to some of the best college golfers across the country. The conference has dominated the sport of golf recently, with Oklahoma State and Oklahoma winning the last two NCAA Division I National Championships.
The conference produces plenty of pro talent, such as:
- Rickie Fowler
- Jordan Spieth
- Gary Woodland
- Jimmy Walker
- Ben Crenshaw
The Big 12 Conference associate commissioner and men’s golf liaison, Jeff Jackson, is excited about the 2019 championship.
“The Greenbrier is one of the most anticipated stops on the PGA Tour. Our men’s golf programs could not be more appreciative of the opportunity for the Big 12 Championship individual medalist to earn a spot in The Greenbrier’s PGA Tour event. What a fitting way to link the rich history of Big 12 men’s golf with the prestige of The Greenbrier.”
The Mountaineers have two golfers ranked in the nation’s top 250 players with Senior Max Sear and Sophomore Matthew Sharpstene.
Both will be looking to knock off the top collegiate golfer in Oklahoma State’s Matthew Wolff in an attempt to earn the PGA bid.
PGA Tour heating up
The professional tour is starting to reach one of the more exciting times in the early season. The Masters is about a month away, and this week the players will be taking aim at the TPC Sawgrass course for The Players Championship.
Many consider The Player’s Championship the tour’s “fifth major,” and it always features the best players in the world.
Since the unexpected closing of BetLucky Sportsbook, we’ve been relying on New Jersey online sportsbooks to show us who the favorites are. As of March 14, several big names are at the top of the list:
- Dustin Johnson
- Rory McIlroy
- Justin Thomas
- Brooks Koepka
- Tiger Woods