"I mean, can you imagine?" Justice said. "I grew up as just a little fella, skinny believe it or not, and used to come over and play in the state amateur and everything. But now, to sit and talk with people like Phil [Mickelson] and Bubba and have them say nice things about the place you put your heart and passion into - it's really special."
The two had several of humorous exchanges on Wednesday, including Watson referring to Justice as his "granddad" and insisting the resort's owner pay for lunch and perhaps even dinner on Wednesday.
When the subject of golf came up, Justice told Watson he would give the left-hander lessons, to which Watson replied, "You charge too much, I can only afford half a lesson."
But when the subject turned to the resort and the friendship the two have developed, all jokes were placed aside.
"We have a real, live relationship going," Justice said. "His values are rock solid and he's grounded and that's what I think The Greenbrier should be all about. He's a good person with a good story, he's incredibly talented, he engages the crowd and all that, but he's a good person and that's what we're all about."
"It's an honor," Watson said. "I didn't take school as seriously as I should've and so I had to be good at sports. Golf has taken me all over the world and now to a great resort at The Greenbrier. To be associated in a roundabout way with names like Sam Snead, Tom Watson and the logo, Mr. West - just to associate myself with The Greenbrier - it's an honor to be associated with those names."
Watson said he looked at four different floor plans for his home on Tuesday evening, and while construction hasn't started, he hopes the house will be completed in time for the 2014 Greenbrier Classic.
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