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By Associated PressAugust 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
Wydham ChampionshipGREENSBORO, N.C. ' When Davis Love III last played at central North Carolinas late-season PGA Tour event, he was putting his inside knowledge to good use and winning at the course he helped revamp.
 
Love wont have that luxury this time. Not after the Wyndham Championship moved across town to a vintage course created by Donald Ross.
 
So many times in my career, weve left a classic, traditional golf course and gone to a new, modern-style course, Love said Wednesday. So its nice to be doing the opposite for once.
 
Plenty has changed here in the two years since Loves victory: The tournament received a new name, a new spot on the schedule and, this year, a new home at the par-70, 7,118-yard course at Sedgefield Country Club.
 
But for all of those tweaks, a familiar problem has reappeared. Several recognizable names withdrew in the days leading up to the tournament, the last one before the start of the FedExCup playoffs ' despite its status as the Tours only annual event to be played on an original Ross course.
 
Any time you get to play a Donald Ross course, its a treat, Love said. So, hopefully, word will spread to the players that this is a great golf course, a fun place to play, and it will help the tournament out. Thats No. 1, helping the tournament out.
 
Not long ago, this event faced an uncertain future because officials werent sure if there was room on the PGA Tour's reorganized calendar for it.
 
Those concerns were soothed when last years event was moved up two months to the week before the start of the playoffs, and organizers hoped the tournaments position would attract players scrambling to make the top 144 and advance to the Barclays the following week.
 
That did happen, but for the second consecutive year, several notable names backed out in the days leading up to the tournament.
 
This years newsworthy withdrawals included U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate, who skipped the Wyndham to spend time with his family. Angel Cabrera, last years U.S. Open champion, and J.B. Holmes, who took a one-shot lead into his final 36 holes at last weeks PGA Championship, did not give reasons for their withdrawals.
 
Only three of the top 30 players on the playoff points list are playing here this week.
 
Im in a position where I need to play well, said David Toms, who entered at No. 120 on the points list and added that he assured tournament director Mark Brazil that I would be here because I thought it was a good year to support the event when they were changing venues, and they needed that support.
 
The biggest name in the field is Vijay Singh. The fifth-ranked player in the world would jump from No. 7 to No. 3 on the FedExCup list with the 4,500 points that accompany a victory on Ross famous turtleback greens at Sedgefield.
 
Its a fun golf course to play, Singh said. Its not very long so you dont really need to hit drivers every hole. Its a tight enough golf course where you can enjoy it as well. It requires attention, and theres a lot of tricky holes out there. Its got a lot of variety.
 
The tournament ' formerly known as the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro and, before that, the Greater Greensboro Open ' moved 15 miles west to one of its original courses from Forest Oaks Country Club, its home for the three decades from 1977-2007. Love helped reconfigure that course in 2003 and three years later claimed his 19th career victory there.
 
Kidney stones prevented Love from defending his title last year, and eventual rookie of the year Brandt Snedeker shot a 63 during his final round to claim his first Tour victory.
 
It was very instrumental in my development as a player, Snedeker said. It helped me get over that hump of playing with the top tier players on tour and really feeling like I belong out here. Its hard for a rookie to find unless you do it.
 

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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

     

     

    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.