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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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    Watch: Strong start, rough finish for Koepka

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 4:45 pm

    U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.

    Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.


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    After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.


    A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead. That, however, sparked a wild ride to the finish line as he also bogeyed Nos. 5, 7 and 9, and birdied the sixth. It totaled to a second-nine, 2-over 37 and an overall score of 2-under 68.

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    Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery

    By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:58 pm

    MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.

    Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.

    ''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on jarrodlylegolf.com. ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.

    ''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''

    Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''

    Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.

    He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.

    Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.

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    Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship

    By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:42 pm

    SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

    The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.

    The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.

    Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.


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    Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.

    McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.

    David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.

    Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.

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    Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

    By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

    Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

    While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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    “It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

    Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

    “I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”