May
14
2012
Tiger Woods goes all commitment happy, adds Greenbrier to schedule
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger gets trigger happy with tourney commitments

Tiger Woods is keeping his word and adding a new tournament to his schedule for the second time this year, The Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, from July 5-8.

The local paper scooped TigerWoods.com, confirming the news with the event’s chairman Jim Justice on Monday

“We’ve worked really hard for over two years to try and bring Tiger Woods here and he has now agreed,” Justice told The Register-Herald this morning. “I’m really happy and I know all of the fans will be really happy to get a chance to watch Tiger play.”

 

Similar to the Honda Classic in early March, Woods, who finished T40 at The Players, has never played the tournament at The Greenbrier Resort’s Great White course.

According to TigerWoods.com, the 14-time major champion is also playing in the Memorial Tournament, May 31-June 3, at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio; the U.S. Open, June 14-17, at the Olympic Club in San Francisco; the AT&T National, June 28-July 1, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.; The Open Championship, July 19-22, at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England; and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Aug. 2-5, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

I’m assuming he’ll also enter the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean), at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

With the extra week in the tournament schedule between the U.S. Open and the Open, Tiger will make two starts in between the two major championships, including the AT&T National, which benefits his foundation. The Greenbrier is the week after and only in its third year, with Stuart Appleby firing a rare 59 in the final round to win in the inaugural event in 2010 and Scott Stallings persevering in a playoff as a PGA Tour rookie in 2011.

Phil Mickelson, who played at The Greenbrier last year, has also committed to this summer’s field.

How is this somewhat random tournament in the middle of nowhere West Virginia (though I’m told it’s quite fun since the resort has a casino) attracting such marquee players? Well, there’s been chatter that the event pays guys like Tiger and Phil appearance fees, which has not been denied or confirmed, but is implied in CBSSports.com’s Steve Elling’s report.

Hey, fellow scribes, you know what this means — we all have an extra tournament added to our schedules, too. I’ve never been to West Virginia, but I hear it’s quite nice in mid-July.

 (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)