2019 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier: Field Preview

By Ryan Watson

The 2019/2020 PGA Tour season begins with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, known formerly as the Greenbrier Classic, beginning September 12 and ending on September 15. Aside from the name change, the tournament has also moved from the summer to its current place as the opening event of the season, bringing golfers to West Virginia during its beautiful fall. Fans will enjoy free complimentary tickets as they see if defending champion Kevin Na can become the Greenbrier’s first repeat winner.

2018 Champion Kevin Na

While the Greenbrier was not part of the shortened 2019 PGA Tour season, it was last played just over 14 months ago with Kevin Na taking home top honors. Na entered the final round just one stroke off leaders Harold Varner III and Kelly Kraft. Na shot a tournament best 6 under par 64, avoiding any costly errors while sinking shot after shot, including a run of 5 birdies on the front 9. Eventually, Na would claim the title by 5 shots. The victory marked Na’s first win in 7 years and the visibly emotional Na savored the win. In between his two wins, he had a remarkable 6 runners up finishes, including 2 playoff losses, and 17 top-5 finishes.

Field Preview

Na will contend with a field featuring a strong mix of rookies and veterans, even as many of the pros who competed at the Tour Championship have chosen to skip the event. This was always going to be a problem as the shortened 2019 season that provided a bridge between the PGA Tour’s old and new schedules gave golfers a much shortened offseason. Standout competitors this weekend are Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson. This trio will hope for an early lead in the FedEx Cup standings. New PGA Tour member Viktor Hovland will look to live up to the hype caused by his impressive play on last year’s Tour. Sungjae Im is back after his own breakout rookie season just weeks after competing in the Tour Championship. Fan favorite and major-winner John Daly is also slated to tee off this weekend, despite knee issues that have confined him to using a golf cart. If past history is any indication the tournament should go down to the last day, with not 54-hole leaders holding on to claim the championship in the tournament’s 9 year history.

Media Coverage

Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel. Coverage is provided Thursday and Friday 2pm-6pm ET and Saturday and Sunday 3-6pm ET. Coverage of featured groups is also streaming on PGA Tour Live Thursday-Friday, 7am-6pm ET. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and streaming online at PGATour.com/liveaudio.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.