JIM JUSTICE HAS often said he lured the PGA Tour to his sprawling Greenbrier resort to show that West Virginians are much, much better than all those tired old stereotypes.
Heck, I think it's just a good opportunity to prove we're better than Ohio. I mean, we drive better than they do, right?
Then again, so does Stevie Wonder.
But when Tiger Woods and 155 other better-than-average golfers descend on the Old White TPC grounds for the third Classic, we will show, once again, that we are the most hospitable gallery in America.
And a little less loopy than our neighbors across the river.
(Virginia, we know you're in the house, too. You pull your weight nicely.)
Several weeks back, I made another pilgrimage to Dublin, Ohio, for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. Was the big news the return of Tiger Woods and his subsequent victory?
It should have been, but that was overshadowed in the opening round by cell phones, especially their camera/video feature. It seems that quite a few fans showed little regard for PGA Tour rules, or common-sense golf etiquette.
For pure misconduct, that wasn't the most egregious act. In the days before the tournament, Bubba Watson and his wife were stalked by some moron, who tailed the popular Masters champ around Columbus for 37 minutes.
Watson and wife Angie had just left the "Bubba Bash," a charity concert featuring 10 Christian rock bands. (Great factoid: The backstage food was catered by Waffle House.)
The overriding issue, though, was cell-phone cameras on the course.
If you attended the 2010 Greenbrier, you may recall being told at the gate that phones were a no-no, not even turned off completely. Later that year, the PGA Tour surrendered to the smart-phone revolution, but asked that phones be put on silent or vibrate mode.