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July 3 2013

5:04 PM

Watson feels at home at The Greenbrier

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

Bubba Watson wants to make sure he's on the U.S. Team that will play in the Presidents Cup this fall so he decided to add an event to his 2013 PGA TOUR schedule. And after stellar reviews from friends like Scott Stallings, Watson chose this week's Greenbrier Classic.

"Everybody, the last three years we've seen this tournament, we've seen the fans come out here and support," Watson said. "Like I said, the pros have raved about it, all the pros that have played. Scott Stallings who won here, he loves it, he said it's a great family place. 

"So me and my wife (decided) ... why not come here where it's family-oriented and fun."

The couple brought their 16-month-old son Caleb, whom they adopted less than a month before his new dad won the 2012 Masters. The family arrived last Wednesday and has taken full advantage of all the activities at the popular resort in the Alleghany Mountains of West Virginia.

"We've been playing at the pool, we did the falconry, we did a helicopter ride, we fed the donkeys, fed the horses, so we've done it all with my little man," Watson said. "We love it here. Obviously this is going to be a stop for a few years now after I got here and saw how great it really is."

Watson, who plays the first two rounds with Phil Mickelson and defending champion Ted Potter Jr., says he's been to all the shops at the resort and even "snuck up" to the members-only Summit Lodge, which is situated on the 3,300-foot peak of Greenbrier Mountain for dinner. Not that anyone was going to turn him away.

"I've had a blast here," Watson said.

Oh, and the Old White TPC is right down his alley, too. 

"I love old school golf," Watson said. "I don't see there's any goofy holes or anything like that, it's just a straightforward golf course. You've got to play your strategies and you've got to hit fairways."

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