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Pro Tour MPO Championship Preview: Can Gregg Barsby capitalize on his semi-finals bye?

In our second year of the Disc Golf Pro Tour, Gregg Barsby was able to improve on his 2016 finish and secure the final spot for a bye into the semi-finals of the Pro Tour Championship. Gregg has been fun to watch on tour this year and his focused determination each tournament has paid off. Coming in as the 8th seed in the semi-finals round means Gregg is a wild-card going into a bracket against Ricky Wysocki and whoever plays in from quarterfinals. Below are a few key areas to consider related to Gregg Barsby when putting your bracket together and preparing to watch the Pro Tour Championships.

Barsby’s 2017 Performance

Gregg is not one to shy away from competition. In 2017 Gregg has already played over 31 tournaments this year in several different countries. In those tournaments Gregg has two A-Tier wins and a second place Major finish. However, Gregg’s best finish on the Pro Tour was a 4th place finish at the Vibram Open. Overall on the tour Gregg averaged a 15th place finish (14.87) across the eight Pro Tour events he played. Of his 31 events he has played this year, Gregg has finished top 10 in 22 of them. A 71% top ten finish rate is solid. Gregg has proven himself on the course this year. Now it comes down to what he can do during two rounds at the Pro Tour Championship.

How can Barsby take on the semi-finals round?

For the semi-finals round Gregg has to do only one thing – win the card. That sounds simple, until you remember that Gregg is playing against Ricky and two others for a spot in the finals. That being said, last year Ricky was not able to convert in the semi-finals round. Ricky was unable to hang with the likes of Nate Sexton and Nikko Locastro last year. Gregg has the ability to push Ricky in this year’s semi-finals. At both Waco and Vibram this year Gregg stayed within two spots of Ricky and at the European Open Gregg was able to best Ricky and take second when Ricky took seventh. The key is for Gregg to keep a level head throughout the round and play his game.

Hitting an ace on an elevated basket wouldn’t hurt either.

Gregg is a wild card in the semi-finals round and will provide exciting golf to watch during the Championship.

Live coverage of the DGPT Tour Championship schedule starts, times listed are EDT:

  • Noon on Thursday, Oct 19: Round 1
  • Noon on Friday, Oct 20: Quarterfinals
  • Noon on Saturday, Oct 21: Semifinals
  • Noon on Sunday, Oct 22: Finals

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