WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Bubba Watson has received royal treatment in the past week at The Greenbrier, but he didn't know he would play his pro-am round Wednesday with two state governors.
But there he was, playing in the morning with West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. John Klemish, broker in charge for the Greenbrier Sporting Club, rounded out the foursome.
"No, I haven't [played with multiple governors]. That was fun," Watson said. "Those are some important guys; I'm just a little ol' golfer, so that was fun. Hopefully, they had fun with me."
The team finished with a 13-under-par 57, but not necessarily with Tomblin's help. The state's hacker-in-chief had some grim shots, including a slice into the creek on the par-3 18th, one that veered so far right it somehow landed underneath the golfer's bridge adjacent to the luxury boxes.
Klemish plays quite respectably and Beshear hits a good shot or two. But there were a few gubernatorial "foot wedges" used by benevolent Greenbrier caddies.
Tomblin needed even more help. When his third try at a bunker shot on the par-5 17th feebly fell back in the sand where it started, he threw up his hands in good-natured resignation and threw his ball out.
Outside the ropes, Morgantown resident Mike Anderson quipped, "You know what I like about his game? It's terrible, but that means he's working. If he's shooting scratch golf, that means he's not putting in the time as governor."
Tomblin confirmed the theory: "I need to play more golf. I've been working way too hard."
Watson's here for work, too, but he came here last Wednesday to look around, get comfortable and partake in some of the resort's many activities. Like many golfers who play in the Greenbrier Classic, he brought his family - wife Angie and toddler Caleb.
Like many golfers, the Florida panhandle native had never stepped foot in the state of West Virginia and wasn't sure what to expect. Like most golfers, the scenery made an immediate impression.