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Todd Lewis - August 17, 2012

Although Stewart Cink is not in the field this week and will not be a part of the PGA TOUR Playoffs because he is outside of the top 125, his caddie is in Greensboro. Scott Stallings’ regular caddie is at home with his family this week so Cink’s caddie is working for Stallings this week. Stallings has turned his 2012 season around recently with a win in the True South Classic and then a T7 the next week in the RBC Canadian Open. Although Stallings did not arrive in Greensboro until Wednesday due to commitments in Tennessee, Cink’s caddie is from Greensboro and is very knowledgable of Sedgefield Country Club so it is not all that surprising that Stallings opened with a 64 on Thursday.

The greens at Sedgefield Country Club are brand new with Champion Bermuda replacing the bentgrass and are playing fast and firm but the scores were still very low as the weather was perfect. Everyone was very surprised to see the scores as low as they were on Thursday but many are expecting the course to play much harder on Friday. The weather on Friday is expected to be similar to Thursday but rain is in the forecast for the weekend.

2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain and 2-time Wyndham Champion Davis Love III opened with a first round 67 despite a very busy schedule which has included a Monday News Conference for the PGA of America at Kiawah Island and a Panel Discussion at Sedgefield on Wednesday. Love III’s manager is amazed at how well Davis is playing this week despite all of the demands of his time but the fact is that Davis Love III is one of those people who are very generous with their time despite all of the various demands.

Gary Woodland entered this week outside the top 125 in FedExCup Points as he has struggled this year following a great 2011. Woodland has dealt with injuries as well as changes with his golf swing, his swing coach, and his management this year but he has been playing well recently and Lewis said that he would not be surprised to see Woodland continue to play well this week and make a move into the top 125 in FedExCup Points.

In his second visit to Morning Drive, Lewis began by saying that it was pretty surprising to see John Daly start off with a two-over-par 72 in the first round because he came to Greensboro with some momentum following a T5 in Reno and a T18 in the PGA Championship. At 137th on the FedExCup he had a chance to get into the top 125 but unless he goes low today, it is unlikely that he will be in the field for The Barclays.

Ben Kohles, who won his first two professional starts on the Web.com Tour, is making his PGA TOUR debut this week but he struggled in the first round with a first round 72. It seemed as though he came to the event without any pressure but it is also possible that the whirlwind surrounding him over the past few weeks has caught up with him.

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