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The Greenbrier Classic: Streb is FRL pick at The Old White

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Dave Tindall makes a case for a trio of players to go well in round one at The Old White...

"On his last two visits, Streb has opened with rounds of 66 and 65 respectively, finishing round one in the top 10 on both occasions."

Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places

Weather forecast for White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia: Temperatures are in the mid-60s for the first few hours of play but rise to a peak of 90 degrees at 2-3pm. Winds are light at around 5mph throughout.

First-round leader history at The Old White:

2018 - 61 Webb Simpson (pm)
2017 - 61 Sebastian Munoz (pm)
2015 - 62 Scott Langley (am)
2014 - 64 Jonas Blixt (am)
2013 - 62 Johnson Wagner (am), Tommy Gainey (am)

Strategy: Afternoon 61s have won the day in the last two years although the morning wave held sway prior to that (the 2016 event was cancelled by the way). As the event is being held later in the year, the morning starters may get cooler conditions than they would have in July. The best weather is in the afternoon although there's the usual trade-off between that and greens that are spiked up. I'll go for a 1-2 morning/afternoon split.

Side with Streb

Robert Streb is likely to be a popular pick in the outright market given that he's a two-time runner-up at The Old White.

The American also added T11 last year so it's one of his favourite courses on tour.

On his last two visits, Streb has opened with rounds of 66 and 65 respectively, finishing round one in the top 10 on both occasions.

These fast starts are a recent habit too.

Streb opened with 65 to be T7 after R1 of the Travelers in June, was second after 18 holes of the Barracuda Championship in July and fifth following the opening lap of August's Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.

With two top fives in his last four starts, confidence is up so hopefully Streb can hit his usual high levels at The Old White.

Take the 60/1 on the 12:25pm starter.

Get at tune out of Burgoon

Bronson Burgoon has similar credentials to Streb in terms of his current form.

The American has mixed strong form on the main PGA And Korn Ferry Tours, finishing fifth at both the Barracuda Championship and Boise Open.

In terms of being quick out of the traps, Burgoon has some appealing history.

Last season, he was the R1 leader at both the CIMB Classic (63) and Travelers Championship (64).

In his last eight starts, his end-of-round-one positions from late June read: 1-11-119-56-6-129-8-19.

As for course form, he's played The Old White just once but took just 65 blows in his third round last year to sit T9 after 54 holes. In short, it's a course he took to immediately.

The 1:45pm starter is 70/1 for FRL.

Lingmerth worth a punt

David Lingmerth has always enjoyed his trips to The Old White, making the cut on all five occasions.

Four of those finishes were in the top 16 and two years ago he raced out of the blocks with a 64 to lie tied third after day one.

The Swede also started well last year, shooting 66 to sit T9, and he's shot 67 or lower in his last four openers there.

While his overall current form is extremely patchy, his first-round scores offer plenty of promise.

Lingmerth opened with a 63 to be first-round leader in the Barracuda Championship at the end of July and a 64 put him in the top three after Thursday's play at the Korn Ferry Tour's Portland Open last month.

The 95/1 chance is a morning starter at 08:15.

Dave's 2019 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £1020
Returned: £1022.59
P/L: +£2.59

Dave Tindall,

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