Nine major champions committed to The Greenbrier Classic
With less than a month to go before the 2016 Greenbrier Classic, the player field is coming together quickly. Among those who have already inked their names to participate in the PGA Tour FedExCup event – which will be contested July 4-10 on The Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier – are nine golfers who have reached the pinnacle, winning major championships during their careers.
Four of those stars have won multiple majors, including Vijay Singh, who leads the early list with three major championships. The 53-year-old Fijian won the 1998 and 2004 PGA Championships, as well as the 2000 Masters. Overall, he’s won 34 PGA Tour events.
John Daly, who will take a break from the PGA Tour Champions series to join the younger group for a week at The Greenbrier, won two majors, the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 Open Championship.
Ángel Cabrera, the 2014 Greenbrier Classic champion, won the 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters. The Greenbrier’s own Bubba Watson won the Masters in 2012 and 2014, among his nine PGA Tour victories.
Other major champions who will appear at The Greenbrier Classic include Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open), Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters), Stewart Cink (2009 Open Championship), Justin Leonard (1997 Open Championship) and David Toms (2001 PGA Championship). Mike Weir (2003 Masters) is on the list of alternates.
“Winning a major championship is the highest goal a player can achieve in professional golf,” said Habibi Mamone, Greenbrier Classic tournament director. “We’re thrilled to have had so many players who have reached that plateau compete in The Greenbrier Classic over the years, and that tradition will continue this year.”
The nine major champions in the tournament won’t be the only major winners walking around The Old White TPC Course during The Greenbrier Classic. Nick Faldo, who recently hosted the Sam Snead Festival at The Greenbrier, will call the action for The Golf Channel and CBS. Faldo won six major championships during his storied career, while Greenbrier Golf Professional Emeritus Lee Trevino, who will be entertaining fans and instructing youth throughout the week at The Greenbrier Classic, won six of his own.
Along with these proven winners, The Greenbrier Classic field will also feature some of the PGA TOUR’s hottest golfers. Kevin Chappell, who recently posted a runner-up finish at The Players Championship, will compete at The Greenbrier Classic, as will exciting up-and-comer Colt Knost and veteran Ken Duke, who finished tied for third at The Players Championship.
“Those golfers have been playing great recently,” said Mamone. “We expect them to carry that momentum with them as they prepare for The Greenbrier Classic.”