Bradshaw misses cut as Lee wins Greenbrier playoff
Former Shepherd golfer David Bradshaw missed the cut at the Greenbrier Classic, but his 143 score for two rounds showed his merit against some of the best professional golfers in the world. Bradshaw had some elite company on the cut list as last year’s Greenbrier winner, Angel Cabrera, and another former winner of the White Sulphur Springs event, Jonas Blixt, also failed to qualify for the last two rounds of the July 2 through July 5 event.
In a tournament that is only six years old, another first-time winner was crowned when Danny Lee outlasted David Hearn, Robert Strebe and Kevin Kisner after all four tied for the 72-hole lead with a 13 under par score of 267 at the Old White Course at the Greenbrier Resort.
Lee won the four-way playoff with a par on the second hole of the extra session.
Strebe would have been a surprise winner because he putted with his wedge on the last six holes of regulation after his putter’s handle broke when he casually tossed it toward his bag after the 11th hole was completed. Strebe had several birdie putts that fell when using his wedge and made a five-foot par putt on the 18th in regulation to force the crowded playoff.
Russell Henley finished at 12 under and there were seven players finishing at 11 under and another nine at 10 under, including Bubba Watson.
Lee received a first-place check of $1.206 million and qualified for the British Open at St. Andrews that starts on July 16.
The cut was at two under 138 with Bradshaw missing it by five strokes.
The winning score was the highest in the six years of the PGA tournament that replaced the Buick Open on the professional tour.
Bradshaw had other well-known company on the list of those failing to survive the cut when Steve Stricker, Rory Sabbatini, Bill Haas, Ken Duke, Jason Gore, Webb Simpson, Robert Allenby, Carl Pettersson, Marc Leishman, Bo Van Pelt and Nick Watney all were all unable to qualify for weekend play.