Playing on a different golf course apparently hasn't dampened Brandt Snedeker's enthusiasm for defending his title at this week's Wyndham Championship.
Last year in Greensboro, N.C., Snedeker won his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 9-under-par 63 in the final round for a two-stroke victory at Forest Oaks Country Club. This year, the Wyndham Championship returns to the Donald Ross-designed Sedgefield Country Club for the first time since 1976.
Despite the change in venue, Snedeker said he's thrilled to return.
"Obviously, Greensboro meant a lot to me over the last year, and I'm very excited to be back," Snedeker told reporters. "Obviously, Sedgefield is a new golf course. They've done a great thing by moving here. I have some fond memories of Forest Oaks, (but) I'm glad to be here.
"The golf course is fantastic. It's definitely a great venue. I think it's going to be better for the tournament and Wyndham and all the sponsors and everybody involved."
If Snedeker can prevail again, he'd be the first player to win back-to-back titles in Greensboro since Sam Snead in 1955 and 1956. Interestingly, Snead won those titles on two different courses.
Could that possibly be a good omen for Snedeker?
"It's a course that fits - sets up great for me and is in great shape," Snedeker said. "(I'm) just looking forward to teeing it up on Thursday and hopefully get some of those good memories going again."
This is the final week for players to qualify for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin next week at The Barclays. Among the notable players teetering on the brink of not making the 144-player playoff field are Davis Love III, Carlos Franco, Lee Janzen, Jeff Maggert, Rich Beem, Billy Andrade and Olin Browne.
Despite the drama for those players near the FedEx Cup cut line, just three of the top 30 players on the playoff points list are in the field for the Wyndham. The top player in the tournament is Vijay Singh, who is No. 5 in the world rankings.
"It's a fun golf course to play," Singh told reporters. "It's not very long, so you don't really need to hit drivers every hole.
"It's a tight enough golf course where you can enjoy it as well. It requires attention, and there are a lot of tricky holes out there. It's got a lot of variety."
As for Snedeker, he's looking to make a late charge up the list in both the Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup standings. While the top eight players have already earned spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Snedeker said he would love to play impressively enough to earn consideration as a captain's selection by Paul Azinger.
"The Ryder Cup is obviously something that's very important to me," Snedeker said. "It's one of my life-long goals and to have a chance this year.
"I have a chance. I have to go out and play some great golf the next three weeks and impress the captain. This is a very big week for that."
• SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday
• SITE: Greensboro, N.C.
• COURSE: Sedgefield Country Club (7,118 yards, par 70)
• PURSE: $5.1 million (winner's share: $918,000)
• FEDEX CUP POINTS: 25,000 (winner's share: 4,500)
• TV: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight EDT; Friday, 6-8 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight EDT; Saturday, 6-8 a.m. EDT) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. EDT).
August 14, 2008
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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