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18, and as soon as I hit the ball in play, I knew it was probably over.”


McNeill made an impressive run at Simpson, making six birdies on the day, the last coming on No. 17. But in the end, Simpson didn’t give him any real opening.


“Honestly, I thought the winning score was going to be a lot lower,” said McNeill. “I can only control myself. I can’t control what everybody else does. I’m very happy with the way I hit it, the way I played, the way I putted.”


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With his victory, Webb Simpson became the third Wake Forest


graduate to win the Wyndha


dham


Championship, joining Lanny


Wadkins (1983) and Scott Hoch (2001).


Carl Pettersson, who tied for fourth place, has


particularly close ties to the tournament, which he won in 2008. He was raised in Greensboro, played his collegiate golf at North Carolina State and serves on the tournament’s board of directors. “I’m disappointed,” Pettersson said.


“I’m a


competitor. I wanted to win this one badly, but Webb outplayed us all.” Coming as it does so close to the Playoffs, the


tournament results left some people relieved to make it into The Barclays. Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington finished at 6- under par and moved from No. 130 to No. 124 on the money list, one below the cutoff to make the field in the first Playoff event. South Africa’s Ernie Els jumped from 126th to 118th. “You don’t know in the Playoffs,” said Els. “I’ve got


to play good golf, though. I played really good the first two days. I’d like to get that back.” ■


PLAYER


FINAL STANDINGS POS


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Webb Simpson George McNeill Tommy Gainey


Charles Howell III Jerry Kelly


Kyung-tae Kim Carl Pettersson Vijay Singh Jim Furyk


Chez Reavie Camilo Villegas


1 2 3


T4 T4 T4 T4 T4 T9 T9 T9


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How Was It Won? Webb Simpson won his first PGA TOUR title with a


display of remarkably consistent golf. ■ He was 13th in Driving Distance (310.5 yards). ■ He tied for 15th in Driving Accuracy (69.64 percent).


■ He tied for 13th in Greens in Regulation (79.17 percent).


■ He was first in Strokes Gained—Putting (8.411).


Charity Link The Wyndham Championship has an annual charitable


impact of approximately $1 million throughout the Piedmont Triad area in North Carolina.


Course Insight Sedgefield


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ROUNDS 2


66 65 64 65 70 66 63 65 69 69 65 66 67 66 69 69 67 65 65 70 63 65 69 68 65 67 69 66 69 68 70 64 68


4


67 64 69 67 65 66 69 65 67 65 66


TOTAL SCORE


262 265 266 267 267 267 267 267 268 268 268


OFFICIAL MONEY $936,000


$561,600 $353,600 $196,040 $196.040 $196.040 $196.040 $196.040 $140,400 $140,400 $140,400


FEDEXCUP POINTS


500.00 300.00 190.00 104.00 104.00 -


104.00 104.00 75.00 75.00 75.00


Sedgefield Country Club was designed by Donald Ross, who designed some of his finest courses in North Carolina. The course opened in 1925 and has hosted numerous amateur events, as well as the Greater Greensboro Open for 30 years. On the subject of history, in 1965 Sedgefield was the site of Sam Snead’s final victory on the PGA TOUR, his record eighth in this tournament, and on May 8, 1953, the Atlantic Coast Conference was formed here. Kris Spence restored and lengthened the course in 2007 in preparation for the return of the PGA TOUR players in 2008 after a 31-year stay at Forest Oaks. The course is being changed to bermudagrass in preparation for this year’s Wyndham Championship.


Tournament Record 259, Carl Pettersson, 2008


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, Carl Pettersson, 2008; Kevin Na, Arjun Atwal, 2010


GOLF CHANNEL • CBS


Ticket Information www.


wyndhamchampionship. com


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