After a decade, Tom Watson is no longer pro emeritus of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort.
Owner Jim Justice said that Watson’s contract wasn’t renewed and the resort would look for a more traditional head pro instead of a touring professional.
“Although Tom has been a great emeritus to the Greenbrier, it is very expensive and Tom’s time is very limited,” Justice said, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. “He’s a great man … a great, great man and his accomplishments are world-renown, but his time is very limited and considering the component of how difficult it is for him to be at the Greenbrier and the economics of it, it’s probably better for all parties that we go a different way.”
Justice, who purchased the resort for $20 million in a 2009 bankruptcy sale, inherited Watson’s contract from the resort’s prior owners. Just a year later, Justice lured the PGA Tour to the resort with a long-term contract to host the Greenbrier Classic.
Watson followed Sam Snead as the only other pro emeritus in the resort’s history.