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Tiger Woods To Play Greenbrier Classic, Tourney Expects Spike In Ticket Sales
Published May 15, 2012
ADVANCED NOTICE CAN HELP TOURNAMENT: Golf Channel's Gary Williams notes Justice puts a "lot of energy and a lot of money" into The Greenbrier because it is in an "isolated, remote location," and Woods "giving them this advance notice will help people maybe try to find a hotel room." Williams: "It’s not that the people don’t want to go, the populous there is very, very small. Anywhere around The Greenbrier, it's just the mountains. ... All the players, the officials, they all stay right on the property and outside of The Greenbrier itself." Meanwhile, NBC's Jimmy Roberts said the "interesting thing to me is that both he and Phil (Mickelson) are playing and yet this is an event really without a title sponsor." Roberts: "The Greenbrier, I suppose, is backing this whole thing and trying to encourage people to come to the resort. But how long do you think an event without Tiger and without Phil goes without a real title sponsor?” ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 5/15).
DOES TIGER STILL MATTER? ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser noted Woods has finished no better than 40th in three straight events following The Players last weekend, and he "may not be relevant today." But he added, "You have to wait (until) all four majors are played out to make a judgment based on his future” (“PTI,” ESPN, 5/14).