PGA Tour
PGA - Wyndham Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 16th through Sunday, August 19th
SITE: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina
COURSE ARCHITECT: Donald Ross (1926), Kris Spence (renovation, 2007)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,117
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 418 yds10 - Par 4 440 yds
2 - Par 4 442 yds11 - Par 4 486 yds
3 - Par 3 174 yds12 - Par 3 235 yds
4 - Par 4 428 yds13 - Par 4 405 yds
5 - Par 5 529 yds14 - Par 4 501 yds
6 - Par 4 423 yds15 - Par 5 545 yds
7 - Par 3 223 yds16 - Par 3 165 yds
8 - Par 4 374 yds17 - Par 4 406 yds
9 - Par 4 416 yds18 - Par 4 507 yds
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35 3,427 yds35 3,690 yds
 
Annual:  73rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Webb Simpson
Runner-Up:  George McNeill
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)
Total Purse:  $5,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $936,000; 2nd Place - $561,600; 3rd Place - $353,600
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Webb Simpson262Kyung-tae Kim267
George McNeill265Carl Pettersson267
Tommy Gainey266Vijay Singh267
Charles Howell III267Jim Furyk268
Jerry Kelly267Chez Reavie268
Camilo Villegas268
 
Past Wyndham Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Webb Simpson (262) -- George McNeill
2010Arjun Atwal (260) -- David Toms
2009*Ryan Moore (264) -- Jason Bohn, Kevin Stadler
2008Carl Pettersson (259) -- Scott McCarron
2007Brandt Snedeker (266) -- Tim Petrovic, Billy Mayfair, Jeff Overton
2006Davis Love III (272) -- Jason Bohn
2005K.J. Choi (266) -- Shigeki Maruyama
2004Brent Geiberger (270) -- Michael Allen
2003Shigeki Maruyama (266) -- Brad Faxon
2002Rocco Mediate (272) -- Mark Calcavecchia
2001Scott Hoch (272) -- Brett Quigley, Scott Simpson
2000Hal Sutton (274) -- Andrew Magee
1999Jesper Parnevik (265) -- Jim Furyk
1998*Trevor Dodds (276) -- Scott Verplank
1997*Frank Nobilo (274) -- Brad Faxon
1996Mark O'Meara (274) -- Duffy Waldorf
1995Jim Gallagher Jr (274) -- Peter Jacobsen, Jeff Sluman
1994Mike Springer (275) -- Brad Bryant, Ed Humenik, Hale Irwin
1993*Rocco Mediate (281) -- Steve Elkington
1992Davis Love III (272) -- John Cook
1991*Mark Brooks (275) -- Gene Sauers
1990Steve Elkington (282) -- Mike Reid, Jeff Sluman
1989Ken Green (277) -- John Huston
1988*Sandy Lyle (271) -- Ken Green
1987Scott Simpson (282) -- Clarence Rose
1986Sandy Lyle (275) -- Andy Bean
1985Joey Sindelar (285) -- Isao Aoki, Craig Stadler
1984Andy Bean (280) -- George Archer
1983Lanny Wadkins (275) -- Craig Stadler, Denis Watson
1982Danny Edwards (285) -- Bobby Clampett
1981*Larry Nelson (281) -- Mark Hayes
1980Craig Stadler (275) -- George Burns, Bill Kratzert, Jack Newton,
Jerry Pate
1979Ray Floyd (282) -- George Burns, Gary Player
1978Seve Ballesteros (282) -- Jack Renner, Fuzzy Zoeller
1977Danny Edwards (276) -- George Burns, Larry Nelson
1976Al Geiberger (268) -- Lee Trevino
1975Tom Weiskopf (275) -- Al Geiberger
1974Bob Charles (270) -- Ray Floyd, Lee Trevino
1973Chi Chi Rodriguez (267) -- Lou Graham, Ken Still
1972*George Archer (272) -- Tommy Aaron
1971*Bud Allin (275) -- Dave Eichelberger, Rod Funseth
1970Gary Player (271) -- Miller Barber
1969*Gene Littler (274) -- Julius Boros, Orville Moody, Tom Weiskopf
1968Billy Casper (267) -- George Archer, Gene Littler, Bobby Nichols
1967George Archer (267) -- Doug Sanders
1966*Doug Sanders (276) -- Tom Weiskopf
1965Sam Snead (273) -- Billy Casper, Jack McGowan, Phil Rodgers
1964*Julius Boros (277) -- Doug Sanders
1963Doug Sanders (270) -- Jimmy Clark
1962Billy Casper (275) -- Mike Souchak
1961Mike Souchak (276) -- Sam Snead
1960Sam Snead (270) -- Dow Finsterwald
1959Dow Finsterwald (278) -- Art Wall
1958Bob Goalby (275) -- Dow Finsterwald, Don January, Tony Lema,
Sam Snead, Art Wall
1957Stan Leonard (276) -- Mike Souchak
1956*Sam Snead (279) -- Fred Wampler
1955Sam Snead (273) -- Julius Boros, Art Wall
1954*Doug Ford (283) -- Marty Furgol
1953*Earl Stewart (275) -- Sam Snead
1952Dave Douglas (277) -- Bobby Locke
1951Art Doering (279) -- Jim Ferrier
1950Sam Snead (269) -- Jimmy Demaret
1949*Sam Snead (276) -- Lloyd Mangrum
1948Lloyd Mangrum (278) -- Lew Worsham
1947Vic Ghezzi (286) -- Frank Stranahan
1946Sam Snead (270) -- Herman Keiser
1945Byron Nelson (271) -- Sam Byrd
1944Not Held due to World War II
1943Not Held due to World War II
1942Sam Byrd (279) -- Ben Hogan, Lloyd Mangrum
1941Byron Nelson (276) -- Vic Ghezzi
1940Ben Hogan (270) -- Craig Wood
1939Ralph Guldahl (280) -- Clayton Heafner, Lawson Little
1938Sam Snead (272) -- Johnny Revolta

* - Won in playoff

Note: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 in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Webb Simpson---------------------mcT-8Won
George McNeill---------------T-64T-36mcmc2nd
Carl Pettersson---86thT-35T-11mc5thWonT-67mcT-4
John Mallinger------------------------T-3T-12
Davis Love III---mcmc---Won---T-60T-86mcT-12
David Toms---T-37T-4---------T-41T-242ndT-17
Justin Leonard------------------------T-3T-17
John RollinsT-44mcT-27T-28T-31---mc---T-3T-25
Tim HerronT-61------T-6mcmcmcT-24T-18T-25
Lucas Glover------T-57T-21T-6T-20T-20T-247thT-30
Arjun Atwal------6th---T-22------mcWonmc
Brandt Snedeker---------------WonT-69T-5T-8mc
Bill Haasmc---------mcmcmcT-10T-28mc
Jason Dufner------T-8------mcT-26mcT-34mc
Rocco MediateWonwdT-62wd---------T-32T-53mc
Ryan Moore------T-24T-34T-6---mcWonmc---
Sergio Garcia---------T-13---------4th------
Charl Schwartzel------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Carl Pettersson
Darkhorse - Jamie Donaldson
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (T.Woods, L.Oosthuizen, L.Donald) - T-11, T-21, T-32
Last Week's Darkhorse (B.Van Pelt, V.Singh, D.Toms) - T-18, T-36, T-42
 
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 York. Rod Pampling is currently 125th on the points list with 356 points. Brendan Steele is 126th, just 26 points behind. Both players are in the field this week.

U.S. Open winner and defending champion Webb Simpson is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 5 in the world. He is joined by fellow top 10 player Jason Dufner. Simpson missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship, while Dufner tied for 27th. Carl Pettersson, the 2008 champion, is also in the field. Pettersson was in the mix all week at the PGA Championship and finished tied for third.

Sedgefield Country Club will host the tournament for the fifth 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 twice (1949-50 and 1955-56). Snead won this tournament eight times, a PGA Tour record for the most victories by a player in a single event. 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 16 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 Simpson in 2011.

Last year, 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 two more PGA Tour victories, including the U.S. Open.

In 2010, Arjun Atwal tied the course record 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.

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.

Brandt 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.

In 2006, Love snapped a three-year winless streak. Love collected his 19th PGA Tour victory, but first since The International in 2003. 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 York next week for the start of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays, where Dustin Johnson is the defending champion. This year, the tournament will be staged on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York.

08/14 15:51:40 ET

As of August 14, 2012, at 03:51 PM ET