Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP,
Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, NC - One week after the PGA Championship,
and one week before The PGA Tour Playoffs, we have the Wyndham Championship.
This is the final week for players to accumulate FedExCup points and get into
the first Playoff event next week, The Barclays. The top 125 in the standings
after Sunday will make it into the field at Bethpage next Thursday.
Rod Pampling holds that tenuous 125th spot heading into the Wyndham
Championship. Immediately behind him are Brendan Steele, Retief Goosen, Heath
Slocum, Y.E. Yang and Gary Woodland, who finished ninth in FedExCup points
All of those players, with the exception of Goosen, are also in the field.
Goosen may not mind missing the remainder of the season since he's been
battling a back injury.
Last year, Webb Simpson posted a bogey-free, 3-under 67 Sunday to win the
Wyndham Championship by three strokes. Simpson ended his first PGA Tour title
at 18-under-par 262.
Earlier in the year, Simpson lost a tough battle to Bubba Watson in New
Simpson was one shot ahead and lagged his long birdie putt close at the 15th.
Simpson grounded the club before he tapped it in and with the putter grounded,
the ball moved. The penalty, called by Simpson on himself, cost him a stroke,
but neither player could birdie the last three, forcing the playoff.
"It probably moved half an inch. It's a bad rule," Simpson said in a televised
Well, the rule changed and made it easier on players.
Simpson changed as a player too.
He won the Wyndham Championship, followed two weeks later with a victory at
the second Playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship. Simpson made the
U.S. Presidents Cup team and this year has been even better.
He earned his first major championship at the U.S. Open. Simpson, who missed a
lot of time after his victory at Olympic Club to be with his wife after the
birth of their second child, a daughter named Dowd, also made his first Ryder
Golf Channel has the first two rounds, then CBS takes over on the weekend.
Next week is the first Playoff event, The Barclays, which was won last year by
SAFEWAY CLASSIC, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Ghost Creek Golf Course), North
Plains, Ore. - The LPGA Tour has a 54-hole event in Oregon this week and maybe
this is when world No. 1 Yani Tseng can get back on track.
Tseng missed her third cut in her last four starts on Friday at the Jamie Farr
Owens Toledo Classic. In between the missed cuts, Tseng has a tie for 59th at
the LPGA Championship and a share of 50th at the U.S. Women's Open.
Tseng tied for 13th at this event last year.
She got to watch a heck of a show.
Suzann Pettersen fired a 7-under 64 on Sunday, waited two hours, then bumped
off Na Yeon Choi in a playoff for the title. Pettersen trailed Choi by nine
shots at the start of the final round, but Pettersen's 64, coupled with Choi's
2-over 73, which was highlighted by a bogey at the last, led to the extra
After Choi found the fairway on No. 18 in the extra session, Pettersen's tee
ball got a good bounce out of the rough into the fairway. Her second bounced
just off the back of the green.
Choi, who had nearly the same shot as she had on No. 18 in regulation, dumped
her second shot into the water right of the green. She played her fourth to 18
feet, but missed the bogey putt on the right side.
Pettersen chipped to five feet and poured in the par putt for her eighth LPGA
Golf Channel has all three rounds.
Next week is the Canadian Women's Open, which was won last year by Brittany
DICK'S SPORTING GOODS OPEN, En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY - The Champions Tour
returns after a brief break and John Huston is this week's defending champion.
Last year, in only his third start on the elder circuit, and just 25 days
after his 50th birthday, Huston shot a final-round 65 and a 3-stroke victory
over Nick Price.
This championship was contested in June last year, and Huston has not visited
the winner's circle since. He had five top 10s after the win in 2011, but only
two in 2012. One of those came last month at the U.S. Senior Open.
Roger Chapman is back in action on the Champions Tour this week. He had to
withdraw from the Senior British Open, but teed it up last week at the PGA
Championship. Chapman, who has two majors this year on the Champions Tour,
missed the cut at Kiawah.
En-Joie hosted the B.C. Open on the PGA Tour from 1971 to 2005. Past winners
of that event include Gil Morgan, Tom Kite, Jay Haas, Wayne Levi, Fred
Couples, Hal Sutton, Fred Funk, Brad Faxon, Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler, all
of whom are in the field this week.
Golf Channel will show all three rounds.
Mark Calcavecchia will defend his title next week at the Boeing Classic.
MIDWEST CLASSIC, Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan. - James
Nitties can make Web.com Tour history this week.
Nitties can become the first player in the history of the tour to successfully
defend a title.
He will need to play better than he has this season. Nitties has missed nine
cuts in 13 starts so far in 2012 and he picked up his first top 10 last week
at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.
Last year, Nitties shot his second straight 6-under 65 and cruised to a 5-shot
victory. It was his first Web.com Tour victory and he smashed the Michael
Sim's tournament record by six shots.
There is no television coverage this week.
Next week is the News Sentinel Open, which was won by Kirk Triplett last year.
WINDSOR ROSELAND CHARITY CLASSIC, Roseland Golf & Curling Club, Windsor,
Ontario, Canada - This is a new event on the Canadian Tour schedule and the
top-four players on the money list are in the field.
Matt Hill, Cory Renfrew, Michael Gligic and Andrew Roque will tee it up this
week. The only other winner this year, Chris Killmer, is not in the field.
There is no television coverage.
Next week is the Canadian Tour Championship, which was won last year by Stuart
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