If you hear Tom Watson's name mentioned during the live coverage this weekend of The Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va,, it is not a mistake. Watson, who when he plays on the pro tour these days mostly does so on the Champions Tour, is playing for the second straight year in the PGA Tour event at The Greenbrier Resort, where the 62-year-old Kansas City golf legend is the pro emeritus.
This is the only non-major Tour event that Watson has participated in since 2007. After the opening round on Thursday, Watson was tied with 25 other golfers at even-par 70. Among the large group that is tied at 70 after the first day of action is Gary Woodland, who resides in Topeka and played his collegiate golf at the University of Kansas.
Watson's round of 70 was one shot better than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but trailed the first-round leader Vijay Singh by seven strokes.
This year's Greenbrier Classic is celebrating the 100th birthday of one of professional golf's all-time greats, Sam Snead. Snead got his first professional job at The Greenbrier in the mid-1930s, and in 1993 returned to the resort as pro emeritus. He remained in that role until he died in 2002. Watson replaced Snead in that honorary role.
Slammin' Sammy Snead, as his Tour contemporaries often called him, owns the career record for PGA Tour wins with 82. Woods is currently eight away from Snead's record.
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