"It's kind of a Swedish summer weather you guys had today," he said. "I felt really comfortable with the rough the way it was, because I played a lot out of it. The way the course was set up, it couldn't have played out any better for me."
TWO CHAMPIONS at the Greenbrier Classic won as PGA Tour rookies - Scott Stallings in 2011 and Ted Potter Jr. last year.
Although Tour veteran Stuart Appleby won the inaugural event in 2010, four-time participant Jimmy Walker has a theory on why the newcomers have fared so well on the par 70, 7,287-yard course.
"When the greens are this receptive ... they've been pretty soft, somebody's going to go low every day," said Walker, whose tee time was about 10 minutes after Sunday's weather delay began.
Phil Mickelson, who is ninth all-time on the PGA Tour with 41 victories, missed the cut three consecutive years at the Greenbrier Classic - the first time he has missed three straight cuts at one tournament.
Tiger Woods' appearance in 2012 also was cut short. "There was some really, really big names coming in the last couple years that haven't played very well, which is surprising, I don't understand that," Walker said. "You know, it's a new golf course for everybody, basically. This is what, the fourth year? It's a new golf course and guys get comfortable on golf courses they like to play on. Why you see rookies and newcomers play well here, nobody has ever seen it before and nobody knows what to expect."
TOM WATSON finished his round on Sunday before dangerous weather conditions halted play at 1:50 p.m. coming in with a 4-under 276 - nine strokes better than last year.
The Greenbrier Classic is the only non-major PGA Tour event the World Golf Hall of Fame member has played since 2007 when he finished tied for 19th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Watson, the captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup team, is spending his week playing and scouting for playing to fill out his roster in hopes of ending the United States' string of seven Cup losses in the last nine tries. He added Andy North as his assistant captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being played at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.
Although the United States won the biannual tournament in 2008, it lost three consecutive from 2002-06.
In the final matches in 2012, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson lost.
As for next year, Watson said he's being diligent in his process of picking the team.
"I'm watching it on TV more, and watching these players perform coming down the stretch, which is a critical thing in my selection of players," Watson said. "You want somebody who can close the deal."
Watson said a player that impresses him is Billy Horschel, who has never played in the Ryder Cup.
"With the exception of the (octopus) pants he wore at the U.S. Open, he's impressive," Watson said. "He's had seven top 10 finishes and a win. He's a strong kid, looks like has very good fundamentals.
"He hasn't been on the Ryder Cup team, but who knows what's going to happen in the next 16 months."