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Golf Australia Express : Issue 7
FOUNDED IN 1938, the Wyndham Championship— formally the Greater Greensboro Open—is a regular stop for the PGA Tour. The likes of Seve Ballesteros, Gary Player, Sandy Lyle and Steve Elkington have won her. The only player to win here more than twice was sweet swinging ‘Slammin’ Sammy Snead who won it a remarkable eight times. Two Swedes hold the scoring records. In 1999, Jesper Parnevik shot 23 under par and in 2008 Carl Pettersson’s tally for the tournament was a mere 259. Sedgefield Country Club has a history for coughing up low scores. We’re tipping the Wyndham Championship will play its part in another historic moment this week with the sixth 59 in PGA Tour history being scored. There, you read it here first. With a par of 70 and some benign conditions suiting great scoring, this rare feat is definitely on the cards. (And surely we’re due to make a correct prediction.) ARJUN ATWAL became the first Indian-born player to win on the PGA Tour in 2010. Shooting a final round 3-under-par, Atwal finished 20-under for the tournament and one- shot clear of American David Toms. It was an incredible outcome. While others in the field were looking to secure FedExCup spots, Atwal was playing for his livelihood on Tour. At the time he didn’t have his Tour Card—he had lost it the month before for his lowly position on the money list when his minor medical exemption ran out. That exemption came about following a car crash three years ago. Atwal suffered injuries to both his shoulders in the crash in which the other driver was killed. No doubt the incident took a huge emotional toll on Atwal. But his return to the winner’s circle is a great success story. Atwal became the first player in 24 years to win an event after earning his spot through the Monday pre-qualifier. Welcome back to golf’s big show Arjun. SAM SNEAD—the man considered to have had the perfect golf swing—sure loved playing in Carolina. He established three PGA Tour records here. His eight wins (1938, ’46, ’49, ’50, ’55, ’56, ’60 and ’65) is a Tour record for the most wins at a single event. His last win at Greensboro in 1965 was at the age of 52, making him the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event. The 27-year gap between Snead’s first and last wins at the GGO is also a record. Now they’re records not to be Snead-sed at. (Sorry.) THE EVENT WYNDHAM RECORDS August 18-21, 2011 Sedgefield Country Club, North Carolina, USA Purse US$5,200,000 Defending Champ: Arjun Atwal (IND) WYNDHAM UP What’s happening on the PGA Tour this week PEEK THE “[I SAID] WE’VE GOT NOTHING. I DON’T HAVE A CARD. I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING. JUST GO OUT THERE AND FREE- WHEEL IT, AND THAT’S WHAT I DID THIS WEEK.” — Arjun Atwal after his 2010 win.