WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The big news out of preparations for the fourth annual Greenbrier Classic was the commitment of Phil Mickelson to play in the PGA Tour event for the third consecutive year, set for July 4-7 on the Old White TPC.
However, his making the cut would be a more welcome headliner.
Greenbrier Owner Jim Justice and 2012 Classic champion Ted Potter Jr. addressed the media in the Champions Room of the Greenbrier's clubhouse on Tuesday during media day for the 2013 Greenbrier Classic.
Potter is returning to defend his crown, something that the winners of the first two Classics - Stuart Appleby in 2010 and Scott Stallings in 2011 - failed to do.
Potter and Stallings were first-time PGA Tour event winners.
Mickelson has 49 professional golf victories with 41 of those coming on the PGA Tour. He has three Masters championships and one PGA Championship.
On the Old White TPC, however, Mickelson has not fared well. In 2013, he'll simply try to play on Saturday and Sunday, a task that neither he nor Tiger Woods achieved in 2012.
After Justice lured Mickelson and Woods last year, "Lefty" shot a pair of 71s and missed the weekend by three strokes. Woods, who hasn't committed to this year's Classic, missed by one.
Their playing in the tournament was a draw, but not playing on the weekend didn't help.
Justice participated in a benefit for Wounded Warriors in November during which he played golf with former President Bill Clinton and attended a dinner in which Mickelson was the master of ceremonies.
That's when he made a plea to the ninth-winningest golfer in PGA Tour history.