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Bubba, Phil appear at Old White TPC

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) - Bubba Watson, a golfer who's gained a lot of notoriety in the last few years, made his first appearance Wednesday on the Old White TPC.

Watson is playing in the Greenbrier Classic for the first time this year, and says he's enjoying it so far.

"I love it. I got here on Wednesday, so a week ago today. Came out here and played a few rounds. I love it, I love old school golf. I don't see any goofy holes or anything like that, I think it's just a straight golf course."

Watson says his entire family has enjoyed their stay at the historic resort.

It's a great family place, we've had a great time here. We'd heard nothing but great things the last three years that this tournament had been going on. I wanted to come here and check it out."

Watson adds that he anticipates being a familiar face at the Classic for years to come.

"We love it here. Obviously, it's going to be a stop for a few years now -- after I got here and saw how great it really is."

Another big name making his first appearance of the week Wednesday was Phil Mickelson.

"Lefty" arrived on the putting green a little after 11 a.m. before teeing off in the pro-am, in which he played with Greenbrier owner Jim Justice and Sen. Joe Manchin.

This marks Mickelson's third year at The Greenbrier -- he's missed the cut the first two trips.

Mickelson is paired with Watson and reigning champion Ted Potter Jr. for the first two rounds.

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