After Further Review: Greenbrier gaining popularity


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the emerging popularity of The Greenbrier, the revolving door on the PGA Tour in the wake of Tiger Woods' absence and a bright future for the game.

In the absence of Tiger Woods the revolving door of dominant players on the PGA Tour has produced an eclectic list of would-be kings. From Jimmy Walker, who won three PGA Tour events in four months beginning last October, to Patrick Reed, who picked up where Walker left off, golf’s marquee has been anything but predictable; and now it’s time to add Brendon Todd to the mix. Since his breakthrough victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May, the second-year Tour player has finished outside the top 10 just once in his last six starts. - Rex Hoggard

It certainly isn’t one of the most important tournaments of the year – as one of my colleagues put it, there was “no juice” at the sleepy Greenbrier Classic this week – but it is quickly becoming a player favorite.

Come for the venerable, old-style course; stay for the first-class amenities of an impressive resort. But the event isn’t just getting players to buy in. It’s also doing things to attract fans that other tourneys should emulate.

From big-time concert acts to handing out $100 bills for a hole-in-one, Jim Justice understands what it takes to get people in the gallery and keep ‘em there each year.

Building a successful event – much like a swing change – can be a process, but this one is on the right path. – Jason Sobel

Golf certainly is a game of longevity. We saw Tom Watson (64) and Steve Stricker (47) contend this week at The Greenbrier, while 44-year-old Angel Cabrera took home the title. If the consistent play of these guys is any indication of what's ahead for the 20- and 30-somethings playing the game today, the future of golf looks fruitful ... and is further than I can see. - Bailey Mosier