WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — (August 20, 2019): The No. 9-ranked player in the world and a two-time Major Championship winner are among the latest commitments to the player field for A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, which will take place Sept. 9-15, at America’s Resort™. Bryson DeChambeau and Zach Johnson will both be a part of the 156-player field for the first event of the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR season.
DeChambeau has already won five times on the PGA TOUR and is currently ranked ninth in the Official World Golf Rankings. He will be making his second trip to The Greenbrier, after finishing T14 in 2017 at 8-under-par for the tournament.
A California native who now lives in Dallas, Texas, the 25-year-old DeChambeau is known as “The Scientist,” because of his analytical approach to the game. His irons and wedges are all cut to exactly the same length. Only the lofts are different.
In 2015, DeChambeau became the fifth player in history to win both the NCAA Division I championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year, an exclusive club that includes Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore. His first professional win came at the John Deere Classic in 2017, and he won four times in 2018 — the Memorial Tournament, The Northern Trust, the Dell Technologies Championship and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Johnson, 43, has 12 career PGA TOUR wins since turning professional in 1998. The Iowa native, who was the Nationwide Tour Player of the Year in 2003, has finished in the top 10 of Major Championships nine times, including two victories. His first Major Championship came at the 2007 Masters Tournament, where he slipped on the Green Jacket after a 2-stroke victory over Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods.
Eight years later, Johnson again hoisted one of the sport’s top prizes when he captured The Open Championship, winning a playoff over Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen at The Old Course at St. Andrews.
DeChambeau and Johnson join a field that includes Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner, who were announced earlier this month. Players have until September 6 to commit to playing in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
Tickets to the annual PGA TOUR stop in West Virginia are complimentary.
Fans can go online and visit AMilitaryTribute.com/Tickets to register for their complimentary admission. Upon registration, fans will have an opportunity to provide the name of a living military member or first responder, whom they consider to be an “Everyday Hero.” Those names will all be collected and placed on The Greenbrier Wall of Honor, which will be on display on the course throughout A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
Each of those names will also be entered into a pool for drawings of prizes in excess of $500,000 in total value, courtesy of Bluestone Resources and other sponsors. More than 150 prizes will be given away during the tournament rounds, Thursday through Sunday, with no prize valued at less than $1,000.
Among those prizes will be a $25,000 cash prize selected for each hole-in-one on No. 18, a $2,500 cash prize for each eagle on No. 17 and a $1,000 cash prize for each birdie on No. 18.
On Saturday, September 14, one Everyday Hero’s name will be drawn as the last group approaches the 18th green to win a $50,000 cash prize.
In addition to this exciting ticket initiative, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier has events planned all week long to honor military and first responders.
On Tuesday, September 10, the Salute to Service Dinner will provide sponsors and participants in the Official Wednesday Pro-Am an opportunity to dine with military members and first responders and show their appreciation for the sacrifices they make each day.
On Wednesday, September 11, a September 11 Remembrance Ceremony will take place beginning at 8:46 a.m. on The Old White TPC during the Official Wednesday Pro-Am, which will feature military members and celebrities teaming with the golf professionals. The ceremony will include a moment of silence and a special musical tribute to the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001, and the first responders who responded to the call.
Later that evening at 3:30 p.m., the Ford Oval of Honor will be presented to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum Jr. (Retired) and Sergeant Brent Casey during a special ceremony in the Crystal Room at The Greenbrier.
The evening will conclude at 5 p.m., with the Parade of Freedom through downtown White Sulphur Springs and The Greenbrier property, including a loop around the iconic front circle at America’s Resort™.
In keeping with the military and first responder theme, fans will have an opportunity to take part in interactive displays from the military and first responders throughout the week, including a display of pictures and artifacts from September 11, 2001, provided by the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
On the final day of the tournament, Sunday, September 15, a swearing-in ceremony for new military members will take place on the 18th green prior to the first group of golfers’ arrival to the final hole — estimated shortly after 11 a.m.
A unique trophy ceremony will include the delivery of the trophy from the U.S. Army in a manner that celebrates the spirit of the entire week.
Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of United States Homeland Security following the September 11 attacks in 2001, will serve as the Honorary Chairman for A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. He will speak at the Salute to Service Dinner on Tuesday, September 10, participate in the Official Pro-Am on Wednesday, September 11, be a part of the opening ceremony prior to the first round of tournament play on Thursday, September 12, and take part in the trophy ceremony on Sunday, September 15.
For more information, visit AMilitaryTribute.com.
About A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, formerly The Greenbrier Classic, is an annual PGA TOUR event that began in 2010 on the historic Old White TPC Course on the grounds of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. One of the most popular family events on the PGA TOUR, the tournament has drawn top-level golfers including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and many others to the famed grounds of The Greenbrier’s 11,000-acre playground. Past champions include Stuart Appleby, Scott Stallings, Ted Potter Jr., Jonas Blixt, Angel Cabrera, Danny Lee, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Na. The event is carried live on Golf Channel Thursday through Sunday.
About The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier is a luxury mountain resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. With a history dating back to 1778, the 710 perfectly appointed Signature Resort Rooms, Classic and Historic Suites, Legacy Cottages and Estate Homes are situated on The Greenbrier’s breathtaking 11,000-acre playground. Play championship golf courses or experience more than 55 activities. America’s only private casino features table games, slot machines and FanDuel Sportsbook. The Greenbrier’s full-service mineral spa is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious in the world, and the Retail Collection is comprised of 36 boutiques, shops and hand-crafted works of art. The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection includes 20 restaurants, cafés and lounges. The Greenbrier Clinic has been practicing diagnostic medicine since 1948, and The Greenbrier Sporting Club is the pinnacle of luxury real estate. Follow The Greenbrier on Facebook at The Greenbrier, on Twitter at @the_greenbrier or on Instagram at the_greenbrier.