The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 28, 2013

Classic field gets even more impressive

Immelman commits, brings number of Major Championship winners to 12

By Cam Huffman
Sports Editor

— The list of Major Championship winners who will be participating in next week’s Greenbrier Classic has now reached a dozen.

Tournament director Monte Ortel announced late Thursday night that Trevor Immelman has joined the list of Major winners who will compete for the PGA TOUR title on the Old White TPC Course July 4-7 in White Sulphur Springs.

The 33-year-old South African won the 2008 Masters, one of two PGA TOUR victories. He’s also won four times on the European Tour and was the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 2006.

Ryo Ishikawa, a 21-year-old Japanese golfer who became the youngest winner ever of a men’s regular tournament on the Japan Golf Tour in 2007, winning at the age of 15, will also be a part of this year’s Greenbrier Classic field.

Ishikawa has won 10 times on the Japan Tour since joining the tour in 2008. He began playing on the PGA TOUR last year. He’s played in the Masters five times, finishing tied for 20th in 2011, and the U.S. Open three times, finishing tied for 30th in 2011.

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Four World Golf Hall of Famers will also be in action on the Old White TPC this week.

Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, Davis Love III and Vijay Singh have all received the game’s biggest honor and been inducted into the Hall in St. Augustine, Fla.

“That’s pretty unique,” said Ortel. “We’re proud of that.”

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There will be some star power on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs Monday, as well, as golfers battle for the final four positions in The Greenbrier Classic Field.

Making it to the qualifier by finishing in the top 50 in Monday’s pre-qualifier were two former Masters participants in Corbin Mills and Drew Weaver, a former Virginia Tech Hokie.

The Monday qualifier will also provide plenty of local flavor. Marshall graduate Christian Brand was one of the top finishers at Thursday’s pre-qualifier. Concord assistant golf coach Darcy Donaldson and seven-time West Virginia Open winner David Bradshaw also made the cut.

These golfers will join with other PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour and Champions Tour professionals not already in the tournament to play for the final four spots.

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Bubba Watson is apparently enjoying his stay in Greenbrier County in preparation for next week’s tournament.

On Thursday, the 2012 Masters champion had a picture of the practice facility on his Twitter account, expressing his appreciation for The Greenbrier. On Friday, Watson posted a picture of himself with a falcon on his arm with the message, “Went to the falconry this morning. What n amazing place! #greenbrier.”

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The deadline for committing to play in the 2013 Greenbrier Classic passed at 5 p.m. Friday, but Ortel said there could still be some slight changes to the tournament field.

Any player who finishes in the top 10 at the AT&T National this week that is not already in the field can receive an automatic qualification to play.

Players can also withdraw from the tournament, moving players on the alternate list into the field.

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Ortel said ticket sales for the tournament have gone well, but he encouraged fans who have not yet purchased their weekly badges to do so soon.

Badges are available at www.greenbrierclassic.com. A grounds badge, good for all four competitive rounds, three practice rounds and both concerts — Kenny Chesney on Thursday and Aerosmith on Saturday — are available for $159.

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Greenbrier Classic Field

Robert Allenby

Stephen Ames

Stuart Appleby

Aaron Baddeley

Ricky Barnes

Charlie Beljan

Jonas Blixt

Jason Bohn

Justin Bolli

Steven Bowditch

Michael Bradley

Scott Brown

Jonathan Byrd

Chad Campbell

Pat Carter

Roberto Castro

Bud Cauley

Greg Chalmers

Kevin Chappell

K.J. Choi

Gary Christian

Will Claxton

Erik Compton

Donald Constable

Ben Crane

Ben Curtis

John Daly

Brian Davis

Brendon de Jonge

Graham DeLaet

James Driscoll

Ken Duke

Bob Estes

Matt Every

Martin Flores

Brad Fritsch

Tommy Gainey

Scott Gardiner

Bobby Gates

Brian Gay

Tom Gillis

Lucas Glover

Fabian Gomez

Andres Gonzales

Jeff Gove

Luke Guthrie

Bill Haas

James Hahn

Paul Haley II

Peter Hanson

Brian Harman

David Hearn

Russell Henley

J.J. Henry

Jim Herman

Morgan Hoffmann

Billy Horschel

Charles Howell III

Trevor Immelman

Ryo Ishikawa

Matt Jones

Robert Karlsson

Michael Kim

Si Woo Kim

Colt Knost

Ben Kohles

Jason Kokrak

Doug LaBelle II

Neal Lancaster

Scott Langley

Steve LeBrun

D.H. Lee

Richard H. Lee

Justin Leonard

Michael Letzig

David Lingmerth

Luke List

Davis Love III

Bill Lunde

Jeff Maggert

David Mathis

Troy Matteson

Billy Mayfair

William McGirt

George McNeill

Eric Meierdierks

Phil Mickelson

Bryce Molder

Seung-Yul Noh

Henrik Norlander

Sean O'Hair

Louis Oosthuizen

Jeff Overton

Greg Owen

Ryan Palmer

Rod Pampling

Jin Park

Jesper Parnevik

Cameron Percy

Pat Perez

Kenny Perry

Tim Petrovic

Carl Pettersson

Scott Piercy

D.A. Points

Ted Potter, Jr.

Alistair Presnell

Dicky Pride

Chez Reavie

Patrick Reed

Tag Ridings

Andres Romero

Rory Sabbatini

John Senden

Kevin Shields

Wes Short, Jr.

Mark Silvers

Webb Simpson

Vijay Singh

Heath Slocum

Joey Snyder III

Jordan Spieth

Scott Stallings

Kyle Stanley

Brendan Steele

Shawn Stefani

Darron Stiles

Robert Streb

Brian Stuard

Daniel Summerhays

Andrew Svoboda

Vaughn Taylor

Josh Teater

Nicholas Thompson

D.J. Trahan

Cameron Tringale

Scott Verplank

Johnson Wagner

Jimmy Walker

Aaron Watkins

Nick Watney

Bubba Watson

Tom Watson

Boo Weekley

Mike Weir

Charlie Wi

Lee Williams

Casey Wittenberg

Gary Woodland

Note: List subject to change