Greenbrier Named As Title Sponsor Until 2015

Tim FinchemWednesday, the PGA Tour said that the Greenbrier would be the title sponsor and host of the Greenbrier open until the year 2015 starting in 2010. This is a historic course in White Sulfur Spring, West Virginia, and famous for being the site of the first Ryder Cup in its current format. The 1994 Solheim Cup was also hosted at Greenbrier, the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup. This makes the Greenbrier course unique for hosting both the Ryder and Solheim Cups, along with the Muirfield Village in Ohio. However, the Greenbrier was the first, as the Muirfield didn't get this record until 1998.

The tournament will be played on the Old White Course of the resort, and will be July 29th through August 1st in 2010, and will take over from the Buick Open. When GM announced bankruptcy settlement, Buick stopped sponsorship of both the Buick Open and the Buick Invitational. The preliminary talks came about six months ago between PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Jim Justice, the owner of Greenbrier. The resort also has a historic bunker that was intended to protect congress in the case of a nuclear attack on the property, as well as a spring of sulfur water at the center of the property.

Justice is a native of West Virginia and was born near the course that he now owns. He has been working towards bringing a tour event to The Greenbrier since he bought the resort in May. He says that this will bring the Greenbrier back to what it should be, adding that it was a five star resort from top to bottom and has been that way forever.

Tags: Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, Tim Finchem, Jim Justice
Posted: 7th August 2009

News Greenbrier Named As Title Sponsor Until 2015
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