GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Jason Sobel is in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia this week for The Greenbrier Classic. He followed Tiger Woods during his round of 71 on Thursday and while Tiger hit the ball well, he did not putt well at all. He took 31 putts and said that he had problems getting used to the greens. Tiger is making his first appearance at The Greenbrier and so it is not surprising that he does not have the best feel for the golf course at this point.
Both Sam Snead and Vijay Singh seem to be cut from the same cloth in terms of their personalities and the strength of their performances after the age of 40. While Snead earned 17 of his 82 career wins after the age of 40, Singh has earned 22 of his 34 wins after the age of 40 and Vijay is actually a bit surprised to be playing as well as he is this week.
He spoke with both Steve Stricker and his caddie this week. Wife Nicki is on the bag this week and she caddied for him during the early years of Steve’s career. This is a one week deal and Steve and Nicki seemed to be comfortable together as Steve opened with a score of 69 on Thursday. Nicki added that she could have not been grouped with a better pair of caddies than Paul Tesori (Webb Simpson’s caddie) and Joe LaCava (Tiger Woods’ caddie).
In his second visit to Friday’s Morning Drive, Sobel began by noting that Greenbrier Resort Owner Jim Justice would like to see a U.S. Open on the Old White Course in the future. After three years of The Greenbrier Classic, Justice feels that the course is not too easy or too hard, but just right. Justice added that he has started sending out feelers to people connected with the USGA about this idea and added that he is interested to see what is possible because he feels he can make the course much tougher in order to accommodate that Major Championship.
On the question of whether or not the Official World Golf Ranking should move to a 52-week cycle, Sobel said that the current system is very complicated and used the fact that Tiger did not move up from 4th in the world after winning the AT&T National as an example. Tiger has played a significantly reduced schedule over the last five years but if he continues to play well as he adds events to his schedule, he will move up the Official World Golf Ranking very quickly.
The next season of Big Break will be held at The Greenbrier Resort. It will be the 18th season of the Golf Channel series and 12 men will be competing for a number of prizes including an exemption into the 2013 Greenbrier Classic.