WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- The PGA Tour is returning to the once-elite Greenbrier for the first time in 15 years, officials said Wednesday, just months after the resort's new owner promised to bring back a major tournament.
Owner Jim Justice made that pledge in May, and his wish came full-circle with the announcement from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem that The Greenbrier will hold a tournament over the next six years.
It marks the first large-scale event at The Greenbrier since the U.S. women beat Europe in the 1994 Solheim Cup.
The move was part of Justice's strategy to restore the shine to a resort and 721-room hotel that once hosted presidents and royalty. The Greenbrier lost its coveted five-star rating in 2000.
"It's an opportunity really and truly to introduce the world to our Norman Rockwell painting here," Justice said, noting the resort's scenic setting in the mountains of West Virginia.