He's targeting the British Open on July 18-21 at Muirfield for his return.
Bubba Watson's Masters win, his fourth career Tour championship and first major, came on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Louis Oosthuizen. The 34-year-old Windermere, Fla., resident finished 2012 with seven top-10 finishes in 19 starts and a career-best $4,644,997 in earnings.
Watson had a rougher time of it at this year's Masters, finishing tied for 50th shooting 6-over for the weekend.
He tied for 32nd at the U.S. Open last weekend at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., shooting 13-over in tough conditions. He was 19th in the latest World Golf Rankings.
"We're extremely excited," Ortel said of Watson's commitment. "Having Bubba attend the event is good all around. He likes what he's heard about the property and the family atmosphere the Greenbrier represents. It enhances the already good player field we already have."
The deadline for entering this year's Classic is 5 p.m. Friday, June 28. Now that the U.S. Open has concluded, Ortel said fans should see more golfers of the caliber of Watson, Mickelson and Glover throw their hats into the Greenbrier ring.
"During a major, it's like everything gets put on pause," he said. "This week during the Travelers and next week during the AT&T National, you'll start to see notable names filling up that list. You'll see more of that over the next nine days."
The Classic will be held July 1-7 on the Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort. Tickets to the concerts, three practice rounds and pro-ams and four competition rounds are available for $159. Benefactor, Alumni and Clubhouse badges also are available. For more information and to buy badges, go to www.greenbrierclassic.com.