The Greenbrier Classic held its media day Tuesday. Everything was up for discussion from preparations to ticket sales to the field of golfers playing in the tournament.
Crews are busy building grandstands around the greens and fairways in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Stuart Appleby, who was the inaugural winner in 2010, was on hand to answer questions about the coming tournament, including what it will be like to have Tiger Woods in the field this year. Woods, who always draws media attention and large crowds, committed to play in the Greenbrier Classic about two weeks ago and is expected to bring the same hype to West Virginia.
"You can talk stats. I mean, having Tiger play certainly spikes ratings in a heartbeat," said Stuart Appleby, the 2010 Greenbrier Classic winner. "You definitely notice the foot traffic in a golf tournament is a whole lot more enthusiastic, a whole lot more energized and that's a good thing because you want that energy at a golf tournament. You want that really Thursday to Sunday. Now with his victory last week at The Memorial you've got, it's a no brainer you're going to get that again. And that's unique. Only a few players, mostly him but Phil can do that but he really pulls people through the gate. Full credit to him and ultimately as Greg Norman said late last year, a rising tide floats all boats and certainly Tiger is the rising tide right now."
Appleby won the 2010 Greenbrier Classic by shooting a final round 59, besting the legendary Sam Snead, to win with a score of 22-under par.