Mickelson named Greenbrier's Tour ambassador


It looks like Bubba Watson will soon have a new neighbor in West Virginia.

The Greenbrier announced Monday that Phil Mickelson has signed on to be the resort's "Tour ambassador." The five-time major champ will become a member of The Greenbrier Sporting Club as a result and, like Watson, will soon own a home in the White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., community.

"The Greenbrier truly is America's resort," Mickelson said as part of the release. "I'm excited that I'll soon be calling The Greenbrier Sporting Club home and will be part of such a wonderful community."

Mickelson is the latest PGA Tour professional to become associated with the resort, joining Watson and golf professional emeritus Lee Trevino. Sam Snead was the club's first pro emeritus, while Trevino succeeded former Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson in the position.

As part of his new role, MIckelson will also serve as a design advisor for The Greenbrier Course, one of the resort's other layouts which is currently being renovated after suffering significant damage during flash floods in June.

Mickelson missed the cut in three straight appearances at The Greenbrier Classic from 2011-13. The 2016 edition of the event was canceled because of the widespread flooding in the area, but Mickelson expects to tee it up when the PGA Tour returns to the resort in July.

"I contacted (resort owner) Jim (Justice) and said, 'If you're willing to have me, I want to come back and play in The Greenbrier Classic for the rest of your tenure,'" Mickelson said. "I also want to help those in need in rebuilding a great community."