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The Wyndham Championship
has become a critical August
stop on the PGA Tour.
By John Dell
Everybody loves a comeback story, and the
Wyndham Championship has a great one.
Nearly left for dead a few years ago, the tournament has evolved and is an important part of the
end-of-the-season drive to the FedEx Cup playoffs.
“Our tournament means a great deal in the
FedEx Cup points, and I look at us as a wild-card
game into the playoffs,” says tournament director
Mark Brazil, who has helped shape the Wyndham
Championship’s rise to distinction.
When the PGA Tour revamped its schedule
and added the FedEx Cup points system and the
playoffs in 2007, it took a while for players to figure
out how it all worked. It also took time for the
PGA Tour to get it just right. But one thing was
clear — the final regular-season tournament
mattered a lot.
Bill Haas plays
in the 2012
ninth hole at
photos by (from left) peI/John GIllooly and anthony vInson smIth
That’s where the Wyndham Championship,
held this month at Sedgefield Country Club in
Greensboro, North Carolina, started to turn the
corner. It matters that the final 125 players on the
FedEx Cup points list make it into the playoffs,
which start the week after the Wyndham Championship. It also matters a little more this season
because the top 125 on the money list after the
Wyndham Championship will secure PGA Tour
cards for 2014.
Webb Simpson, the 2011 Wyndham champion,
has played in four previous tournaments, and he
says it gets better each year. Last year the course
introduced the more heat-tolerant Bermuda
greens, much to the delight of the players.
“The course is a great test, and the players love
that,” says Simpson, who earned his first PGA Tour
win at the Wyndham and then went on to win the
U.S. Open the next summer. “And I think adding
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Table of Contents
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Architectural Attractions
Wine & Dine: Italy's Gourmet Capital
Adventure: Diving for Dinner
Golf: The Wyndham Championship
Adventure: Drive Time at Bondurant
Great Escapes: Riu Resorts
Gear Up: Tools to Stay Cool
Travel Feature: Seattle's Outdoor Delights
US Airways: Staffing the Skies
Health Matters: Rapid Recovery
Special Section: Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Must Read: The Book of Immortality
Great Dates: Euphoria Festival
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Giving: Pulling Together
Window or Aisle?
US Airways - August 2013