The Greenbrier is a timeless resort, and its pros emeriti have equally stood the test of time.
Ryder Cup captain and current Greenbrier pro emeritus Tom Watson has a chance on Sunday to pass former pro emeritus Sam Snead as the oldest player to finish in the top 10 in a PGA Tour event — at the W. Va. resort, no less.
Watson is T-43 after three rounds of The Greenbrier Classic and, with an uncharacteristically low round on Sunday, could overcome a 5-stroke gap and find his way into the top 10 at age 64. If he does that, Watson would surpass Snead’s record as oldest player to record a PGA Tour top-10 finish. Snead was 63 when he finished T-8 at the 1975 B.C. Open.
Snead will still hold the PGA Tour record for being the oldest player to ever make a PGA Tour cut, getting to the weekend of the 1979 Westchester Classic.
The five-time Open champion said Saturday he has always admired Snead’s approach — and its results.
“I always admired the way Sam played the game,” Watson said. “He had a marvelous touch and rhythm in his golf swing. He was my dad’s favorite swinger of the golf club. When I was growing up, my dad said you have to swing like Snead, son. You have to swing like Snead.
“Well, I never swung like Snead. I never swung with that type of rhythm.”