WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WDBJ) -- What is now the first event of the PGA Tour calendar, the Military Tribute at the Greenbrier kicked off Wednesday with the pros competing with a number of local celebrities.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice kicked off the afternoon tee times alongside Bubba Watson, a bit less than optimistic about the state of his game.
"Today will be not much enjoyment of the show," Justice said. "I haven't played a hole of golf all year and I'm gonna play in the Pro-Am. This will be brutal today. Normally speaking, I play a little bit of golf and I'm a little bit ready, but this is going to be really tough. Really, really tough."
Other notable amateurs included a threesome of ex-Mountaineers, including coach Don Nehlen, and quarterbacks Jeff Hostettler and Marc Bulger.
Former Virginia Tech hoops coach Seth Greenberg was also back this year.
The son of a marine, Greenberg said he appreciates the tournament's focus on members of the military.
"For Jim and the Greenbrier to pay tribute to these people that sacrifice so much and give us so much means the world to me," Greenberg said. "Every day should be a tribute to the people that serve our country and our first responders because they put themselves in harm's way every single day and we take it for granted."
Bryson DeChambeau is the highest-ranked pro playing the tournament in 2019.
Now ranked 10th in the world, the 25-year-old will play in his first President's Cup in December.
"Every time you get to represent your country, that's what it's about," DeChambeau said. "I'm fortunate and blessed to be able to play on a Ryder Cup team and also be a part of the President's Cup team this year, so I'm really excited and I'm really proud to be a part of this golf tournament and what it represents."
Tournament play is set to start with round one on Thursday morning, as the PGA Tour season kicks off a brand new season at the Greenbrier.