For PGA golfers, Greenbrier Classic has the right stuff
The Old White golf course
July 5, 2012 ·
Greenbrier Classic tournament officials tout this year’s tournament field as the toughest in the 3-year event’s history. It’s largely because of the reputation of the area.
hundreds gather around the tee boxes to watch more than 150 golfers drive The
Greenbrier’s famed Old White course, they’re seeing a quality field. The last five FedEx Cup champions are
playing. Tiger Woods won the Cupin 2007 and 2009. The top-ranked golfer said it’s his first trip
and he has high expectations.
“This tournament since its inception has been absolutely
incredible. I knew about the history of
it from Sam Snead and how much he loved coming here and loved being here,”
“He was a representative of
the club for a number of years. I knew
all that, but I think that what sold it to me is just watching it on TV and
then seeing how much the players really enjoyed it. I wanted to play it last year, it fit in my
schedule, but I was hurt. I didn't play
anything that summer, so that was disappointing. But this year again it worked out perfectly.”
Snead was the resort’s Pro Emeritus until his death in 2002. In 2005, World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson
took over Pro Emeritus status. Watson said
the Greenbrier Classic is growing because of hospitality of the Mountain State.
the most special tournament on the Tour as far as how they treat you. You give the credit to Jim's vision. Mr. Justice's vision has been this way from
the very get-go. He wanted a tournament,
Walker has played in the tournament every year since its inception.
has been awesome,” Walker said. “I think it's really grown in the eyes of the
players. I think you can tell by the
field this year. It's gained some
notoriety. The town's great. The hotel
is amazing. Food is second to none. The service and all the fans and volunteers
are great here and I felt at home here.”
Scott Stallings won the tournament
last year. Stallings said the area and
the tournament provides a change of pace that’s becoming popular with the rest
of the PGA.
get a different feel at this tournament,” Stallings said.
“It's definitely more
family oriented with the concerts and the dinners, just the whole atmosphere in
general. This would be an event that a
lot of people put on their schedule every single year just so they can bring
their family, just a lot more to do than just play a golf tournament, just the atmosphere
provides itself for that. You run around
family dining and you feel like you're in daycare with all the families and all
owner Jim Justice announced earlier this week that the Greenbrier Classic’s
affiliation with the PGA would be extended through 2021.