The field for the third Greenbrier Classic was released Friday, with no major deletions from the tournament's latest posted list of commitments.
To the contrary, resort owner Jim Justice and executive director Tim McNeely had a few more rabbits to pull out.
The official list published by the PGA Tour included Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and 2011 Players Championship winner K.J. Choi, a South Korean ranked 31st in the world.
Love has appeared at the first two Classics, finishing 60th in 2010 and missing the cut last year by a stroke. The 48-year-old is a "life member" on the tour, a designation given to players with 15 or more years and 20 or more tournament wins.
His presence makes this a Ryder Cup audition of sorts, and there are several top players fighting for spots on the U.S. team. In an earnings-based point system tallied by the PGA of America (the separate organization who operates the Ryder Cup), the top eight join the U.S. team automatically.
After that, Love has four captain's choices for the competition, Sept. 25-30 at Medinah, Ill. Every tournament becomes critical - after this weekend's AT&T National, there are just six weeks left until the PGA Championship, the end of the Ryder Cup race.
And there are major battles. Webb Simpson is third, Phil Mickelson fourth and Tiger Woods seventh, which would earn them automatic berths. But several Classic entrants can jump into the fray with a big payday or two, including Keegan Bradley (ninth), Dustin Johnson (11th), Steve Stricker (12th), Jim Furyk (13th), Bill Haas (14th), Brandt Snedeker (15th), and so on.
Those players are the backbone of what is the Classic's strongest field by a substantial margin.
"We're so pleased," McNeeley said after the field's release. "What an unbelievable field, and to add K.J. really rounds it out. The Ryder Cup captain and K.J., with all the accomplishments he brings. Couldn't be happier."