|Wyndham Championship - August 11, 2008
Sedgefield Country Club
Par: 35-35—70Yards: 7,118
FedExCup Points: 25,000Winner: 4,500
Purse: $5,100,000Winner: $918,000
2007 Champion: Brandt Snedeker (266, -22)
Wyndham Championship Notes
Brandt Snedeker’s final-round, 9-under 63 last year was the low finish in relation to par by a tournament winner on the PGA TOUR in 2007, bettering Woody Austin’s 8-under-par 62 at the Stanford St. Jude Championship. Snedeker’s 9-under score was the best by a tournament winner since Kirk Triplett’s 9-under 63 at the 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
Jeff Overton, the third-round leader in 2007, shot a final-round 70 and wound up tying for second. Despite missing on the opportunity to win his first PGA TOUR title, Overton made a big leap in the FedExCup standings. Overton started the week No. 165 but jumped to No. 109 and gained one of the final playoff spots in the race for the FedExCup.
Greg Kraft fired a 6-under-par 66 and wound up in sixth place at 18-under par last year in Greensboro. Kraft’s last top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR had been a T6 at the 2002 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open, a span of 69 events. Earlier this year, Kraft won the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular for his first TOUR victory.
Billy Mayfair was hot last year in Greensboro. He finished third in 2007, his fifth top-10 finish of the year and his third in his previous six starts, with six consecutive cuts made. It was Mayfair’s best finish of the year until a solo third-place performance at the Fry’s Electronics Open in the Fall Series. Mayfair also made a jump from No. 75 to No. 34 on the FedExCup points list.
Brandt Snedeker ended a streak of third-round leaders who had gone on to win the Wyndham Championship. He was the first player to come from behind on the final day since 1998 when Trevor Dodds rallied from three off the lead to beat Scott Verplank in a playoff.
Eric Axley and Kevin Stadler each had two eagles in the final round last year on par-5s—Nos. 2 and 13. They became the fourth and fifth players of the week to make two eagles in a round, joining Nathan Green, Tripp Isenhour and Will MacKenzie.
Brandt Snedeker’s weekend score of 129 (66-63) matched the second-best final 36 holes on the 2007 PGA TOUR. Tournament winner Aaron Baddeley posted a 128 total (64-64) at the FBR Open.
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
- The Wyndham Championship returns to Sedgefield Country Club this week for the first time since 1976. The Donald Ross-designed course has seen no less than 11 players elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame win on it over the years, including Sam Snead, Ralph Guldahl, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Lloyd Mangrum, Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Gene Littler, Gary Player, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Bob Charles.
- Sam Snead won five of his record eight titles in this event when it was contested at Sedgefield Country Club, including his 1965 victory when he became the oldest player in TOUR history (52 years-10 months-8 days) to win.
- Brandt Snedeker will be looking to defend the title he won last year at Forest Oaks Country Club and if he’s successful, he’ll be the first player to win back-to-back titles in Greensboro since Sam Snead in 1955 and 1956. Snead, by the way, won those titles on two different courses so perhaps that’s a good omen for Snedeker.
- Ben Curtis loves those major championships. He has 11 career Top-10 finishes, four of them in majors. He won the 2003 British Open, was T2 last week at the PGA Championship and finished T7 at the 2008 British Open and T8 at the 2007 British Open.
- This is the final week for players to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup which begin next week at The Barclays. Among those on the outside looking in are Davis Love III, Carlos Franco, Lee Janzen, Jeff Maggert, Rich Beem, Billy Andrade and Olin Browne. Love, by the way, is a two-time winner of this event (1992-2006).
- The only former major league baseball player to win a PGA TOUR title was Sam Byrd. The one-time New York Yankee won six titles with his first coming in Greensboro in 1942.
- The Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort is the site of this week’s JELD-WEN Tradition. In its initial playing last year, the 7,436-yard course proved to be a tough one, ranking seventh on the Tour in difficulty playing to a stroke average of 72.857.
- You’d like to have a good lead heading into the final two holes at the Crosswater Club this weekend with the 17th and 18th holes playing among the toughest on Tour. The par-3 17th was the 27th most difficult hole on Tour last year playing to a stroke average of 3.340 and the par-4 finishing hole was the 31st most difficult playing to a stroke average of 4.317
- Joey Sindelar leads the Champions Tour in Greens In Regulation by a wide margin (77.0 % to 73.1%) over John Cook, but Cook is well ahead of Sindelar on the money list, standing sixth to Sindelar’s 19th. Why? Putting. Cook is 12th on the Champions Tour with the flat stick while Sindelar is 67th out of 82 ranked players.
- Three players—Jay Haas, Bruce Vaughan and Eduardo Romero—will each be looking to win their second major championship of the season this week. The last player to win two in the same year was Tom Watson, who claimed the 2003 Senior British Open and the JELD-WEN Tradition.
- Colt Knost and Jarrod Lyle will each be looking for their third win of the season and an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR when they tee it up this week at the Xerox Classic. Last year, Nick Flanagan became the eighth player to earn a three-win promotion to the TOUR when he won the Xerox Classic.
- While the Irondequoit CC is the shortest course (6,720 yards) on the Nationwide Tour, it’s no pushover. In fact, it was the fifth hardest course on Tour in 2007, playing to a stroke average of 71.65 (+1.65). Four holes, numbers 13, 7, 4 and 8, were among the 50 hardest holes on Tour last year.
- When Scott Piercy won last week’s Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open he did so with some brilliant scoring. He opened with scores of 64-62—126 to tie the second best mark in Tour history and his three round total of 191 is the second best in history.
- The longest driver on Tour is rookie Won Joon Lee who averages 314.1 yards per tee shot. Bubba Watson currently leads the PGA TOUR in that category with exactly the same average.