Wyndham Championship week. After the 2014 Ryder Cup, one of the changes made by the Ryder Cup task force was moving that announcement two weeks closer to the Ryder Cup. Now, the top eight players will be announced on the Monday after the first FedExCup Playoffs event, The Barclays. The Wyndham Championship is now the second-to-last opportunity to earn Ryder Cup points. I’ve gotta think anybody ranked maybe fifth through 15th or 20th might de- cide to play here to get on the team or move up in points. This year will be the first time the Wyndham Championship has played a major role in the formation of our Ryder Cup team.
Q: How’s the course at Sedgefield? Q: Can people still sign up to volunteer? T
he 77th annual Wyndham Championship is set for August 15-21 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. Wyndham
Championship tournament director Mark Brazil answered some questions about the tournament for Triad Golf Today.
Q: Bill and Jay Haas were in town for the Haas Family Invitational AJGA tournament – did they enjoy being a part of the event?
A: They really did, and it was really good having them here. On Sunday before the tournament, AJGA players saw Bill Haas before they teed off for their practice rounds, and then we had a dinner with our sponsors that included a question and answer session with Bill and a local golf writer. We also did a brunch with Jay for sponsors before he talked to some players before the Junior-Am tournament Monday afternoon. It was great to have them here, and the commitment the Haas family has made to our AJGA event is really special. Before we move on, I’d like to congratulate Eugene Hong of Sanford, Flor- ida for winning our 15th AJGA tournament but the inaugural Haas Family Invitational.
Q: To the Wyndham now; can you give us an update on hospitality sales? Is anything left for companies to purchase?
A: Sure; we have a few options left. We have one complete skybox to sell and some partial shares of a couple other locations - we can be really flexible. We can accommodate most budgets – whether a company wants to spend $5,000 or $50,000 by purchasing that remaining full skybox, we can handle it. Details about our remaining inventory are on the sponsorship page at WyndhamChampionship.com
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A: Absolutely; I don’t think we’ve ever closed volunteer registration - it’s impossible to have too many volunteers. Our biggest needs are gallery marshals and ShotLink laser operators. All of the information, in- cluding registration, is on the volunteer page at WyndhamChampionship.com
Q: People are talking about the Summer Olympics. How do you think golf being in the Olympics will affect the Wyndham field?
A: The field for the Olympics tournament will have 60 players, but several big names like Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen have decided not to play. There will probably be 25 big names in their 60-player field. A lot of those guys naturally would not play the Wyndham, but I think some of the guys could finish the Olym- pics on Sunday and then fly from Brazil to play in our tournament. I actually had a couple European players bring that up at the Masters because they may need Ryder Cup points – it’s interesting. That could be Americans or Europeans, and they could need FedExCup points, too. So I think some surprises might happen.
Q: Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III, will be here to defend his Wyndham Championship title. How will the new Ryder Cup qualifying schedule affect the field?
A: I don’t think most people know about this yet, but it’s positive for us. The top eight players on the American team have always been announced the Monday of
A: It’s in fabulous shape - McConnell Golf and superintendent Chad Cromer really have the course dialed in. It was pretty close to perfect for our AJGA event in June. It’s possible the course will be in its best condition ever when the tournament rolls around in August.
Q: And finally, the question everyone is asking, if Tiger is healthy and playing, do you think he plays the Wyndham again?
A: I actually have no idea. I’ve gotten this question a lot, but I haven’t spoken to Tiger or his agent in a while. We all wish Tiger well and hope he is able to come back and start playing soon. What he did last year at the Wyndham was truly remarkable considering how much pain he was in – his hip was hurting badly. I know he won’t start playing until he’s 100 percent. I know that for sure – he’s optimistic and positive about it which is great. I think he really liked Sedgefield, and I think that helps. But right now, I flat out have no idea.
Q: How can fans get tournament tickets?
A: Go to wyndhamchampionship.com
and click on buy tickets – it only takes a few minutes.
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