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Tiger Woods coming to Greenbrier Classic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tiger Woods will play in this year's Greenbrier Classic, resort owner Jim Justice confirmed Monday.

His July appearance will be his first at the White Sulphur Springs tournament.

"He doesn't play many new venues," Justice said. "We were persistent. I give a lot of credit to our tournament team, and I've talked back and forth to his agent many times."

Woods, 36, has had 72 PGA Tour victories and is a 10-time PGA Tour player of the year. His record includes 14 major championships and two FedExCup Titles.

Justice said Woods is intrigued with the history of The Greenbrier, and is impressed that the tournament was given the PGA Tour's Best in Class award last year.

Justice said it would be difficult to say if Woods' appearance will mean a bigger crowd because the tournament already has a great following. 

"Tiger Woods being here puts the spotlight on [West Virginia] even more," he said. "It's like a merit badge in a way."

Woods joins World Golf Hall-of-Famer Phil Mickelson, who announced last week that he would return to the tournament for the second year in a row.

The tournament's concert series will feature Toby Keith, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, The Fray and Bon Jovi.

Tickets for all concerts, three practice rounds and pro-ams and four competition rounds are available for $189.

The third-annual Greenbrier Classic is slated for July 5-8 at the resort.

Reach Lori Kersey at lori.kersey@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.


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