WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - John Daly used to turn heads with his crushing drives and his two major tournament wins before the age of 30.
These days, Daly still hits it a long way and still finds himself in contention from time to time, but he's more often turning heads with his wardrobe.
His colorful shirts and patterned pants, in particular, have become part of his lore. They're part of a line of clothing from LoudMouth Golf pants, a company that Daly has joined.
"I didn't have any deals with anybody,'' Daly said, "but I kind of saw an opportunity to get inside and be a partner. Not a big partner. But I'm more of a royalty guy in this field, and I have a little ownership, but it's something different.
"I like the feel and the comfort these things give. Yeah, they're loud, but they're so comfortable. Maybe I can get Jim [Justice, The Greenbrier's owner] to sell some LoudMouth here. It'd be good.''
Daly, now 44, doesn't see himself as a true trendsetter. He recalls seeing similar clothes worn by some PGA players several years ago.
"If you look back in the '60s and '70s, how many guys really were colorful back then,'' he said. "There was a lot of loud styles back then. Johnny Miller wore some pretty cool stuff.
"Anyhow, you look out now and see so many fans wearing them. So it's a business thing, but it's more fun. It's something different.''
Kuchar's W.Va. ties
Matt Kuchar expects to have a contingent of friends and family cheering him on at this week's tournament.
Kuchar's mother, Meg, was born in Huntington, and he still has some family members living in the area.
"I don't know, but I'm probably one of a few guys with some real connections here,'' Kuchar said. "My mom and a bunch of people are coming up. It's going to be a bit of a family reunion. So I have some ties there.''
Kuchar said he'd been to The Greenbrier previously for a Fourth of July visit a few years ago.
"I'm glad to be back,'' he said. "I love The Greenbrier resort. I did play [golf] here a couple years ago. I went whitewater rafting - all the things you do when you're here. It was a good trip.
"It's a great place to have a tournament. We've got two little boys, so they're excited to be here. It's kind of a working vacation to come to The Greenbrier for the week.''
Kuchar thinks the date of the Greenbrier Classic (two weeks after one major, the British Open, and two weeks before another, the PGA) has a lot to do with the decision of some of the PGA's top golfers to skip the inaugural event.
"It's a hard one to figure out,'' he said. "I think the date is such an important thing, and the golf course. It's tough with a couple big events following this - the Bridgestone Invitational World Golf event and the PGA Championship.
"You don't see many of the top guys playing three in a row very often, and with the British Open being [two weeks ago], a lot of guys take a couple weeks off, then do Bridgestone or the PGA. So it's hard to figure out what Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson or those guys are going to do. But normally, they don't play a lot between the British Open and PGA.''
Almost heavenly hills
Daly, who grew up in Arkansas, said he feels a certain kinship spending the week in the hills of West Virginia.