White Sulphur Springs, WV (October 28, 2013) - One of the strongest fields in golf will descend on The Old White TPC Course when the 2014 Greenbrier Classic is held June 30 - July 6, at The Greenbrier, America's resort. The field for the 5th annual Classic will have even more on the line this year as they will now also battle for a spot in The Open Championship.

The R&A announced today that a new international qualifying series involving events on the world's leading golf tours, including The Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR, is being introduced for The Open Championship which takes place at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) from 13-20 July, 2014.

The qualifying places available for The Greenbrier Classic will be given to the four leading players, not otherwise exempt, who finish in the top 12 and ties at the completion of tournament play.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be one of only three tournaments selected to represent the PGA TOUR within the new Open Qualifying Series," said Jim Justice, chairman and owner of The Greenbrier. "The tournament's participation in the Series will only help to increase the caliber of players in what is already one of the most competitive fields on TOUR and add to the excitement of the event for our fans."

The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) will comprise 14 events in nine countries on five continents and will offer players the opportunity to qualify for golf's oldest Major Championship at prestigious events on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Japan Golf Tour.

Nine qualifying places within the field will be available on both the PGA TOUR and European Tour. Players will be able to qualify for four places on the PGA TOUR at The Greenbrier Classic and AT&T National and one place at the John Deere Classic*. In Europe, players will be able to qualify for three places at the Irish Open, the Alstom Open de France and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open prior to The Open. For a complete listing of qualifying positions and locations for OQS visit http://www.randa.org/.

Tim Finchem, the Commissioner of the PGA TOUR, said, "We welcome this initiative from The R&A which will offer qualifying places at three events on the PGA Tour in the lead-up to The Open. This will give the players a clear pathway to secure their place in The Open at three prestigious events and create some added interest as players try to qualify for the world's oldest Major Championship."

For more information about The Greenbrier Classic, please visit www.greenbrierclassic.com. To stay connected with the tournament on social media, follow on Twitter at @GBRClassic (#GreenbrierClassic) and like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thegreenbrierclassic.

* There is one place in the John Deere Classic due to the logistics of qualifiers travelling to play in The Open at short notice.

About The Greenbrier Sporting Club
Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses 6,750 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedExCup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds.

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