WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The tournament director for The Greenbrier Classic says the PGA Tour FedEx Cup event, which is now in its fourth year, no longer needs to be sold to the players.

“It’s players talking to other players. It’s the players’ wives talking to the other players’ wives,” said Monte Ortel. “The selling has already been in place where it sells itself.”

Ortel was a guest on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” which is originating this week from The Greenbrier Resort for the 2013 Greenbrier Classic.

“We’re in a good spot right now. We’re where we need to be. We’re excited that the week has kicked off, the weather will hold off,” Ortel said optimistically. Thunderstorms are a possibility through the week in Greenbrier County.

On Monday, practice rounds were underway along with a pro-am event. On Tuesday, the practice rounds were scheduled to continue, along with a First Tee youth clinic set for 1:30 p.m.

Play for The Greenbrier Classic begins on Thursday.

Ortel said, away from the Old White TPC Course, the site offers a different kind of experience.  “We just try to create that atmosphere where you’re comfortable,” he said.

Unlike other PGA Tour events, Ortel said the players and their families can find a lot to do on the grounds of The Greenbrier and, in most cases, state there through the week. “Nobody leaves,” he said.

MetroNews will bring you complete coverage of The Greenbrier Classic through the week on MetroNews radio stations throughout West Virginia and online.

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