PGA - Wyndham Championship Preview

 

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Thursday, August 14th through Sunday, August 17th

Course Info

Site: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina

Course Architect: Donald Ross (1926), Kris Spence (renovation, 2007)

Par: 70

Yardage: 7,127

Hole by Hole

Front Nine: 35 3,427 yds

1 - Par 4 418 yds

2 - Par 4 442 yds

3 - Par 3 174 yds

4 - Par 4 428 yds

5 - Par 5 529 yds

6 - Par 4 423 yds

7 - Par 3 223 yds

8 - Par 4 374 yds

9 - Par 4 416 yds

Back Nine: 35 3,700 yds

10 - Par 4 440 yds

11 - Par 4 486 yds

12 - Par 3 235 yds

13 - Par 4 405 yds

14 - Par 4 501 yds

15 - Par 5 545 yds

16 - Par 3 175 yds

17 - Par 4 406 yds

18 - Par 4 507 yds

Tournament Info

Year: 75th

Television: Golf Channel - Thursday -- 3-6 p.m. (et), - Thursday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay, - Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et), - Friday -- 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (et) - replay, - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et), CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et) Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 10 p.m.-2:30 am.. (et) - replay

Champion: Patrick Reed

Runner Up: Jordan Spieth

Tournament Record: 259 (Carl Pettersson, 2008)

54-Hole Record: 191 (Carl Pettersson, 2008)

36-Hole Record: 125 (Carl Pettersson, 2008)

Course Record: 61 (Carl Pettersson, 2008; Arjun Atwal, Kevin Na, 2010; Tim Herron, 2012)

Total Purse: $5,300,000

Shares: 1st Place - $954,000; 2nd Place - $572,400; 3rd Place - $360,400

2013 Final Leaderboard

Patrick Reed * 266

Jordan Spieth 266

Brian Harman 268

John Huh 268

Matt Every 269

Zach Johnson 269

Matt Jones 269

Bob Estes 270

Andres Gonzales 270

Rory Sabbatini 270

Past Winners

2013: *Patrick Reed (266). Runner up: Jordan Spieth

2012: Sergio Garcia (262). Runner up: Tim Clark

2011: Webb Simpson (262). Runner up: George McNeill

2010: Arjun Atwal (260). Runner up: David Toms

2009: *Ryan Moore (264). Runner up: Jason Bohn, Kevin Stadler

2008: Carl Pettersson (259). Runner up: Scott McCarron

2007: Brandt Snedeker (266). Runner up: Tim Petrovic, Billy Mayfair, Jeff Overton

2006: Davis Love III (272). Runner up: Jason Bohn

2005: K.J. Choi (266). Runner up: Shigeki Maruyama

2004: Brent Geiberger (270). Runner up: Michael Allen

2003: Shigeki Maruyama (266). Runner up: Brad Faxon

2002: Rocco Mediate (272). Runner up: Mark Calcavecchia

2001: Scott Hoch (272). Runner up: Brett Quigley, Scott Simpson

2000: Hal Sutton (274). Runner up: Andrew Magee

1999: Jesper Parnevik (265). Runner up: Jim Furyk

1998: *Trevor Dodds (276). Runner up: Scott Verplank

1997: *Frank Nobilo (274). Runner up: Brad Faxon

1996: Mark O'Meara (274). Runner up: Duffy Waldorf

1995: Jim Gallagher Jr (274). Runner up: Peter Jacobsen, Jeff Sluman

1994: Mike Springer (275). Runner up: Brad Bryant, Ed Humenik, Hale Irwin

1993: *Rocco Mediate (281). Runner up: Steve Elkington

1992: Davis Love III (272). Runner up: John Cook

1991: *Mark Brooks (275). Runner up: Gene Sauers

1990: Steve Elkington (282). Runner up: Mike Reid, Jeff Sluman

1989: Ken Green (277). Runner up: John Huston

1988: *Sandy Lyle (271). Runner up: Ken Green

1987: Scott Simpson (282). Runner up: Clarence Rose

1986: Sandy Lyle (275). Runner up: Andy Bean

1985: Joey Sindelar (285). Runner up: Isao Aoki, Craig Stadler

1984: Andy Bean (280). Runner up: George Archer

1983: Lanny Wadkins (275). Runner up: Craig Stadler, Denis Watson

1982: Danny Edwards (285). Runner up: Bobby Clampett

1981: *Larry Nelson (281). Runner up: Mark Hayes

1980: Craig Stadler (275). Runner up: George Burns, Bill Kratzert, Jack Newton, Jerry Pate

1979: Ray Floyd (282). Runner up: George Burns, Gary Player

1978: Seve Ballesteros (282). Runner up: Jack Renner, Fuzzy Zoeller

1977: Danny Edwards (276). Runner up: George Burns, Larry Nelson

1976: Al Geiberger (268). Runner up: Lee Trevino

1975: Tom Weiskopf (275). Runner up: Al Geiberger

1974: Bob Charles (270). Runner up: Ray Floyd, Lee Trevino

1973: Chi Chi Rodriguez (267). Runner up: Lou Graham, Ken Still

1972: *George Archer (272). Runner up: Tommy Aaron

1971: *Bud Allin (275). Runner up: Dave Eichelberger, Rod Funseth

1970: Gary Player (271). Runner up: Miller Barber

1969: *Gene Littler (274). Runner up: Julius Boros, Orville Moody, Tom Weiskopf

1968: Billy Casper (267). Runner up: George Archer, Gene Littler, Bobby Nichols

1967: George Archer (267). Runner up: Doug Sanders

1966: *Doug Sanders (276). Runner up: Tom Weiskopf

1965: Sam Snead (273). Runner up: Billy Casper, Jack McGowan, Phil Rodgers

1964: *Julius Boros (277). Runner up: Doug Sanders

1963: Doug Sanders (270). Runner up: Jimmy Clark

1962: Billy Casper (275). Runner up: Mike Souchak

1961: Mike Souchak (276). Runner up: Sam Snead

1960: Sam Snead (270). Runner up: Dow Finsterwald

1959: Dow Finsterwald (278). Runner up: Art Wall

1958: Bob Goalby (275). Runner up: Dow Finsterwald, Don January, Tony Lema, Sam Snead, Art Wall

1957: Stan Leonard (276). Runner up: Mike Souchak

1956: *Sam Snead (279). Runner up: Fred Wampler

1955: Sam Snead (273). Runner up: Julius Boros, Art Wall

1954: *Doug Ford (283). Runner up: Marty Furgol

1953: *Earl Stewart (275). Runner up: Sam Snead

1952: Dave Douglas (277). Runner up: Bobby Locke

1951: Art Doering (279). Runner up: Jim Ferrier

1950: Sam Snead (269). Runner up: Jimmy Demaret

1949: *Sam Snead (276). Runner up: Lloyd Mangrum

1948: Lloyd Mangrum (278). Runner up: Lew Worsham

1947: Vic Ghezzi (286). Runner up: Frank Stranahan

1946: Sam Snead (270). Runner up: Herman Keiser

1945: Byron Nelson (271). Runner up: Sam Byrd

1944: Not Held due to World War II. Runner up:

1943: Not Held due to World War II. Runner up:

1942: Sam Byrd (279). Runner up: Ben Hogan, Lloyd Mangrum

1941: Byron Nelson (276). Runner up: Vic Ghezzi

1940: Ben Hogan (270). Runner up: Craig Wood

1939: Ralph Guldahl (280). Runner up: Clayton Heafner, Lawson Little

1938: Sam Snead (272). Runner up: Johnny Revolta

* - Won in Playoff

Formerly called Greater Greensboro Open (1938-87), KMART Greater Greensboro Open (1988-95), Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic (1996-2002), Chrysler Classic of Greensboro (2003-06).

Top Contenders

Patrick Reed

2004:

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2010:

2011: T-66

2012:

2013: Won

Webb Simpson

2004:

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2007:

2008:

2009: mc

2010: T-8

2011: Won

2012: T-7

2013: T-11

Hideki Matsuyama

2004:

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2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012:

2013: 15th

Bill Haas

2004:

2005:

2006: mc

2007: mc

2008: mc

2009: T-10

2010: T-28

2011: mc

2012: T-7

2013: T-20

Ernie Els

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2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011: T-30

2012:

2013: T-20

Tim Clark

2004: mc

2005: T-6

2006: T-22

2007:

2008: T-6

2009: wd

2010:

2011:

2012: 2nd

2013: T-26

Arjun Atwal

2004: 6th

2005:

2006: T-22

2007:

2008:

2009: mc

2010: Won

2011: mc

2012: T-66

2013: 71st

Davis Love III

2004: mc

2005:

2006: Won

2007:

2008: T-60

2009: T-86

2010: mc

2011: T-12

2012: T-10

2013: mc

Carl Pettersson

2004: T-35

2005: T-11

2006: mc

2007: 5th

2008: Won

2009: T-67

2010: mc

2011: T-4

2012: T-17

2013: mc

Brandt Snedeker

2004:

2005:

2006:

2007: Won

2008: T-69

2009: T-5

2010: T-8

2011: mc

2012: T-28

2013: mc

NOTES: The PGA Tour travels to North Carolina this week for the Wyndham Championship. This tournament is the last chance players have to get more points before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs. The top 125 players on the FedExCup points list advance to the playoffs, which begin at The Barclays next week in New Jersey.

Paul Casey is currently 125th on the points list with 421 points. Sang-Moon Bae is 126th, just 11 points behind. Both players are in the field this week.

Hideki Matsuyama is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 18 in the world. Matsuyama won the Memorial Tournament earlier this year for his first PGA Tour victory. He is currently 23rd on the points list. Matsuyama finished tied for 36th last week at the PGA Championship. Ernie Els is the highest finisher from the PGA Championship playing this week. Els tied for seventh at Valhalla Golf Club last week.

Sedgefield Country Club will host the tournament for the seventh straight year. Sedgefield previously hosted from 1961-76 and 10 times between 1938-57. Forest Oaks Country Club hosted from 1977-2007. Sedgefield Country Club is one of North Carolina's oldest and most historic clubs. The original inn/clubhouse was built in 1925 and was completely renovated in 1992-1993.

The legendary Sam Snead won this event two straight years on two separate occasions (1949-50 and 1955-56). Snead won this tournament eight times. Snead captured the inaugural event in 1938, and when he won it for the eighth time in 1965, he became the oldest winner in PGA Tour history at 52 years, 10 months and eight days. The 27-year span from 1938 to 1965 is also a record for the most time between the first and last victories for a player at the same tournament. Other multiple winners are: Byron Nelson, Doug Sanders, Danny Edwards, George Archer, Billy Casper, Sandy Lyle, Rocco Mediate and Davis Love III.

Aside from the four major championships, this tournament is the third-oldest event on the PGA Tour. The Wyndham Championship trophy was renamed the Sam Snead Cup in 1998 and Snead presented the award to the winner each year prior to his death in 2002. Since World War II there have been only four wire-to- wire winners - Snead in 1950, Tom Weiskopf in 1975, Mike Springer in 1994 and Jesper Parnevik in 1999. This event has been decided by a playoff 17 times.

Despite all the successful PGA Tour players from Wake Forest University, only four Demon Deacons have won the tournament. Lanny Wadkins titled here in 1983; Bob Goalby in 1958; Scott Hoch in 2001; and Webb Simpson in 2011

Last year, Patrick Reed birdied the second playoff hole to top fellow rookie Jordan Spieth and claim his first career win. Reed, who held at least a share of the lead since the end of the second round, finished the tournament with Spieth at 14-under-par 266. Reed became the first player on the PGA Tour to win with his wife as his caddie since Steve Stricker won the 1996 BMW Championship.

Sergio Garcia won his first PGA Tour title in four years in 2012, winning by two strokes over Tim Clark. Garcia carded rounds of 67-63-66-66 to finish at 18-under-par 262. He clinched the victory with three consecutive birdies starting at No. 15 in the final round.

In 2011, Webb Simpson fired weekend rounds of 64-67 to win by three strokes over George McNeill. He ended his first PGA Tour title at 18-under-par 262. Simpson has since added three more PGA Tour victories, including the 2012 U.S. Open.

Arjun Atwal tied the course record in 2010 with a 61 in the first round and held at least a share of the lead after every round in earning his first PGA Tour victory. He finished at 20-under-par 260 for a 1-stroke win over David Toms. Atwal became the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA Tour in 24 years. Fred Wadsworth was the last Monday qualifier to win and that was at the 1986 Southern Open. Atwal became the first native of India to win on the PGA Tour. In 2004, he became the first player from India to join the PGA Tour.

In 2009, Ryan Moore birdied the third playoff hole to collect his first PGA Tour title. Moore closed with a 5-under 65 to end at 16-under-par 264. He was joined there by Kevin Stadler and Jason Bohn.

Carl Pettersson caught fire in the middle of the back nine in the final round of 2008 to pull away from Scott McCarron and win by two shots. Pettersson tripped to a bogey at the last to close a round of 2-under 68. That gave him a tournament record score of 21-under-par 259. Pettersson also set new 36- and 54-hole scoring records along the way. He also established a new 18-hole and course record of 61. For Pettersson, this was basically a homecoming for him since he went to college at North Carolina State and has lived in the Tar Heel State for several years.

Snedeker fired a 9-under 63 in the final round in 2007 to come from behind and win his first PGA Tour title. He finished the shootout at 22-under-par 266 and won by two over Tim Petrovic, Billy Mayfair and Jeff Overton at Forest Oaks Country Club. The victory helped Snedeker win the 2007 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

Three players have managed to fight their way back from 7-stroke, 54-hole deficits at this event - Steve Elkington in 1990, Mark Brooks in 1991 and Jim Gallagher Jr. in 1995.

The PGA Tour moves to New Jersey next week for the start of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays, where Adam Scott is the defending champion. This year, the tournament will be staged at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus.

08/12 15:53:21 ET

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