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Color Ryder Cup Hopefuls Purple With Passion

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA | Fourth of July weekend at the Greenbrier Resort is a celebration of red, white and blue, right down to the stars-and-stripes shoes new Greenbrier resident Bubba Watson wore.
To be fair, there’s a lot of green, too. The resort, with its enormous white Georgian-style hotel, its casino and its multiple shops and restaurants, isn’t for the frugal. If $15 cocktails and $60 steaks scare you, maybe the Greenbrier isn’t your kind of place.
But it’s an ideal spot for the PGA Tour to spend America’s birthday. It’s both elegant and almost quaint, which seems like an oxymoron for a place that brings in Maroon 5 and Jimmy Buffett for weekend concerts and has a sign promising anyone in the bleachers around the 18th green $100 on the spot if they witness a hole-in-one.
It’s as laid back as the PGA Tour gets. The tournament doesn’t buzz. It hums. Almost heaven, West Virginia …
Still, there was an undercurrent of urgency among the handful of players at the Greenbrier who are hearing the clock tick as they attempt to play their way onto the United States Ryder Cup team that will head to Scotland at the end of September.
U.S. captain Tom Watson was on the scene at the Greenbrier, where he is pro emeritus and showed he still has enough game to make the cut. He captained the last American team to win overseas (1993) and reprising his captain’s role, he’s an increasingly popular guy.
“I called him and tried to play nine with him. I got to play the first two (with him) because he had to jump around for an event,” said Brendon Todd, who arrived at the Greenbrier in 13th place on the Ryder Cup list and accomplished his goal of getting face time with old Tom at the Old White.


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