The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

June 19, 2013

World class

FAYETTEVILLE — The Greenbrier Classic scratched another big name off its list this week. There aren’t many left.

Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, committed Monday to play in the 2013 Greenbrier Classic, which begins tournament play with its opening round July 4 and goes through the final round on Sunday July 7. Practice rounds and Pro Ams begin July 1.

It will be Bubba’s first time to play in the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fourth year on the PGA TOUR FedExCup schedule.

The event has already drawn many top names in the world of golf such as Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh and John Daly.

Even retired legends such as Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Jack Nicklaus have shown up on resort property over the past three years to lend their support.

The Greenbrier Classic is at the top of its game.

It’s where Greenbrier owner Jim Justice envisioned it would be when he made an announcement in the summer of 2009 that the PGA TOUR was bringing a FedExCup tournament to White Sulphur Springs, beginning in 2010.

In just its second year, the Greenbrier Classic was honored with the PGA TOUR Best in Class award.

It also received the Best Special Event award from the PGA, based on the hospitality the tournament shows golfers and their families through various activities and the popular concert series.

Even though there have been many incredibly well known music acts from various genres over the past three years, the Greenbrier Classic Concert Series may have topped them all with this years edition.

The world of modern country music pretty much belongs to Kenny Chesney, and he’ll be the headline act on July 4. Chesney, with 30 top ten singles, is one of the top stadium draws in the world.

Securing Chesney was no small feat.

Then there’s Aerosmith, performing (in Greenbrier County!) on July 6. Justice himself said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group is the biggest act we’ve brought in so far. They’re the top-selling American rock band of all time.

West Virginians should be proud. The Greenbrier Classic is the only major professional sporting event played within our borders.

And it has become a real gem for the Mountain State.

Its definitely major league quality and draws sports fans from all over the country, and the world, when factoring in an international TV audience on CBS and the Golf Channel.

They tune in and see the beauty of West Virginia, and the party that America’s Resort throws for our nations birthday.

And the best competition on a golf course that the world has to offer.

We encourage our readers to take in the spectacle that is The Greenbrier Classic in person, especially if you havent had an opportunity the previous three years.

Its an experience not to be missed.

And one that will make you proud to be a West Virginian.

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