U.S. Open Runner-Up commits to Tournament at Sedgefield
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ Rocco Mediate has committed to the 2008 Wyndham Championship, it was announced today. After his outstanding performance in the U.S Open, Mediate has become a huge fan favorite nationwide.
Mediate won the Piedmont Triadâ€™s PGA TOUR event in 1993 and 2002; he is one of just nine players with multiple wins. Sam Snead won eight times (1938, â€™46, â€™49, â€™50, â€™55, â€™56, â€™60 and â€™66); Davis Love III (1992 and 2006), Sandy Lyle (1986 and â€™88), Danny Edwards (1977 and â€™82), George Archer (1967 and â€™72), Billy Casper (1962 and â€™68), Doug Sanders (1963 and â€™66) and Byron Nelson (1941 and â€™43) join Mediate with two wins each. Mediate has won $1,139,484.56 in his 17 Greensboro appearances placing him fourth on the all-time list of money winners at this event.
â€œAnytime you have a two-time champion returning to play your tournament, itâ€™s a big deal,â€ tournament director Mark Brazil said. â€œBut with Roccoâ€™s recent success at the U.S. Open and taking Tiger to two overtimes, itâ€™s that much more exciting. Rocco has his own army of fans here, and I think this news will be very well received. When I spoke to Rocco earlier this week, he was ecstatic about our move to Sedgefield, and heâ€™s really looking forward to playing the course.â€
After his second-place finish at the U.S. Open, Mediate jumped from 158th to 47th in the official World Golf Rankings. He is currently 45th in the world.
The 2008 Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 11-17 in Greensboro, N.C. Tickets are available online at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide and Premier Partners, AIG, BB&T Cadillac, Harris Teeter, and VF Corporation for their continued support.
Additional tournament information is available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
*****We received this info from two sources, our senior writer Jim Modlin at GREENSBOROSports.com and Rob Goodman at 3-G Sports. Jim will be LIVE at Sedgefield covering the tournament for us in August and Rob will continue to send us frequent reports.*****