photo credit: Wyndham Championship
The PGA Tour heads to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship this August 1-4 at the storied Sedgefield Country Club. The tournament is the last of the PGA Tour’s regular season, with the FedEx Cup Playoffs beginning next week at the Northern Trust. Only the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings qualify for the Northern Trust, so the pressure is on for golfers near the cut-off with each knowing one good or bad performance could be the difference between a trip to the playoffs and the end of their year. Still, the tournament will feature a strong field with the likes of Paul Casey, Jordan Spieth and new Open Championship winner Shane Lowry.
The Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA Tour. The current home course, Sedgefield Country Club, has historically shared hosting duties with Starmount Forest Country Club from the tournament’s inception until 1960. Since 1961, Sedgefield Country Club has hosted every Wyndham Championship with the exception of a decade of tournaments hosted by Forest Oaks Country Club from 1997-2007. The Sedgefield course was designed by legendary Pinehurst architect Donald Ross, and remains a true test of golf.
The long history of the Wyndham Championship assures that some of golf’s greatest players, such as Ben Hogan, are counted among the past champions. Byron Nelson is a 2-time champion, as well as Billy Casper, while Davis Love III is a 3-time winner. However, all past champions pale to come close to Sam Snead’s record 8 wins spanning from his first in 1938 to his last in 1965. The tournament is also the site of North Carolina native Charlie Sifford’s groundbreaking round in 1961, when he became the first African American golfer to play in a PGA Tour event in the South.
Charlie Sifford in 1961. photo courtesy: Getty Images
There are many ticketing options available for folks looking to attend the tournament. Daily grounds tickets range from $20-$55, with good any day tickets costing $60 and a weekly grounds pass going for $160. Clubhouse tickets allow for access to the grounds and the clubhouse for $45-$75 depending on the day, while a weekly clubhouse pass costs $250. There are also more inclusive options starting with access to Viewing Platforms on holes 7, 11, 12, 14 and 17 that include an open bar. Daily Viewing Platform tickets go for $190 with a weekly pass for $700. The Wyndham Rewards Visa Club features open air and air-conditioned seating in this venue located behind the 10th green with upscale food and beverages available for purchase. Daily tickets are $100 while weekly passes are $450, though access is free for Wyndham Rewards Visa cardmembers and 50% off for a guest. In addition, free admission is available for children 15 and under with a paying adult, as well as for all Piedmont Triad-area K-12 teachers and one guest. Piedmont Triad First responders, including law enforcement, fire and Emergency Medical Technicians, are also admitted to the tournament free of charge with one guest, as are members of the military, including active duty, reservists and veterans.
Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and CBS. The first 2 rounds will be on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday, 2-6pm ET. Saturday and Sunday coverage starts on the Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS 3-6:30pm ET. PGA Tour Live will also be streaming coverage of select holes and groups throughout all 4 days of play. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour RAdio on SiriusXM satellite radio and streaming online at PGATour.com.