Choi's entry gives the Classic 14 players in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, 10 of the top 31. A full half of the FedExCup top 50 are in the field, including winners of the last two Cups, Jim Furyk and Bill Haas.
Woods is fourth in both, leading all Classic entrants. Two reigning major champions will be present: Simpson won the recent U.S. Open, while Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship.
The Greenbrier's new place in the PGA Tour schedule is turning out to be a benefit. Other than positioning itself as the sport's Fourth of July tournament, it sits two weeks ahead of the British Open - allowing some of the bigger-name players to comfortably go overseas. For those not yet qualified, two and maybe three players will punch their ticket.
The Classic's proximity to this week's tournament, the AT&T National at Bethesda, Md., is turning out to be a major benefit. Players can take chartered motorcoaches this morning (for those missing the cut) or Sunday night. Many players, most with families, are driving rental cars or recreational vehicles.
Ninety players of the 150 in the just-released field are playing this weekend at Congressional Country Club.
"That sets up really good from a scheduling standpoint," McNeely said. "I'm sure the players really appreciate that the tour was able to schedule us back-to-back like that."
The Classic seems to be enjoying good retention. Fifty-four have played the previous two, while 44 have played in either 2010 or 2011.
Another interesting tidbit: Of today's list, 22 made the cut in both years.
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