Justice brought McNeely to White Sulphur Springs to launch the tournament in 2010, and it has brought top players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Webb Simpson to the state. Two players, Jim Furyk (2010) and Bob Estes (2011), played well en route to FedExCup championships.
All three Classics have had classic endings - Stuart Appleby's winning 59 perked up the golf world and the last two tournaments have ended with Tour rookies winning playoffs.
With the Greenbrier Classic Concert Series also bringing in some of the biggest names, crowds have been solid, even during the storm recovery of last year. Last year, the Classic's original six-year contract with the Tour was extended through 2021.
McNeely departs as the winter (slowly) turns to spring in the Greenbrier Valley and preparations begin to ramp up. He had an office of five people, but received all manner of help from the resort staff.
"The good news is that it's still 100 days away," he said. "The bad news is that it's 100 days away. But it's not our first time at the rodeo.
"They won't miss a beat. It will continue to be the best tournament on the PGA Tour."
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