Notebook: Bubba Watson joins staff at Greenbrier, gets new set of tees

Bubba Watson at the Greenbrier Classic
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Bubba Watson played the Greenbrier Classic this year and loved it so much that he's building a home at the Greenbrier Resort.
By
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.

NEW YORK – Anyone who can break 90 while playing The Old White TPC all the way back might have a chance to play a round of golf with The Greenbrier's newest resident: Bubba Watson. 

The former Masters champion is the latest to join the Greenbrier's staff of professional golfers and will have The Greenbrier logo on his golf bag. Other players representing the fabled West Virginia resort are Webb Simpson, Kenny Perry and Tom Watson, the Greenbrier's pro emeritus. 

Watson played The Greenbrier Classic this year and loved it so much he bought a home. 

"I was blown away when I played The Old White TPC earlier this year," Watson said. "My family and I had a great time experiencing all of the different amenities the property offers and decided this was the perfect place for us." 

In honor of the relationship announced Tuesday, The Greenbrier will introduce a set of "Bubba" tees that guests can play on the Old White. Those who break 90 will have their names entered in a raffle, and two winners will have a chance to play with Watson. 

MINDFUL MICKELSON: Phil Mickelson is known almost as much for signing autographs as his five major championships. 

He showed last week at Liberty National that he doesn't just go through the motions. Mickelson played an 18-hole practice round for The Barclays, pulled out a marker and began working both sides of the fence lined with fans. 

After signing each item, he handed it back to the person, looked them in the eye and said, "Thank you." 

He signed a program for one man and as he handed it back to him, Mickelson said, "Thanks for your patience. I saw you out there watching us." 

But it wasn't all warm and fuzzy. As he went to sign a flag, he withdrew his pen and said to the man, "Sir, you already gave me one thing to sign. I won't sign for you again." 

MCCORMACK MEDAL: Lydia Ko is winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal about as often as Tiger Woods wins the professional version of it. 

The 16-year-old Ko has won the McCormack Medal as the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 2013. U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick of England won for being the leading male amateur. 

Ko won the medal for the third straight year. 

"It means a lot, and to have won the medal three years in a row makes it more special," she said. "To have maintained my position for the last three years has been meaningful. I won the U.S. Amateur last year. I wanted to win that championship so much. Without winning it, I may not have been able to maintain my position." 

Ko is coming off her second straight win in the Canadian Women's Open on the LPGA Tour. She has been No. 1 in the women's amateur ranking for 123 straight weeks. In the professional women's ranking, she already is No. 7. 

Fitzpatrick captured the medal by winning the U.S. Amateur to overtake Cheng-tsung Pan in the ranking. The McCormack Medal gives him a spot in the U.S. Open and the British Open next summer. 

DIVOTS: Rickie Fowler will be playing the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines on Nov. 7-10. ... Only six of the 25 players who earned PGA Tour cards through the Web.com Tour money list will be rookies next year. ... Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott are the only players who have won a major, a World Golf Championship, The Players Championship and a FedExCup playoff event. ... Europe begins its Ryder Cup standings this week at the ISPS Handa Wales Open, where Captain Paul McGinley will hit the first tee shot at Celtic Manor. Only one player in the field – Francesco Molinari – was on the last Ryder Cup team for Europe. 

STAT OF THE WEEK: Three PGA Tour winners this year earned their cards at Q-School last year – Billy Horschel, Derek Ernst and Patrick Reed. 

FINAL WORD: "Hopefully, she doesn't get burned out before she gets the chance to turn pro." – Brittany Lincicome on 16-year-old amateur Lydia Ko, who won the CN Canadian Women's Open for the second straight year.