2001 British Open Champion David Duval Joins Wyndham Championship Field;
Wyndham Championship Media Day Pre-Tournament Notes
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ The first round of the 69th annual Wyndham Championship is three weeks from today. The tournament is set for Aug, 11-17 at Sedgefield Country Club. Some pre-tournament notes are below:
â– David Duval Joins the Field: 2001 British Open champion David Duval committed to the Wyndham Championship Field this morning. The 13-time PGA TOUR winner was No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings during the 1999 season. He finished No. 1 on the official PGA TOUR money list in 1998 and second in both 1997 and â€™99. Duval eagled the last hole to win the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and shoot 59 becoming just the third player at that time to record the elusive score. AL Geiberger and Chip Beck had already recorded a 59. He has represented the United States on two Ryder Cup teams and three Presidentâ€™s Cup teams.
â– More Player Commitments: Two-time U.S. open champion Lee Janzen, Ryuji Imada, this yearâ€™s AT&T Classic winner, Richard S. Johnson, winner of last weekâ€™s U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Daniel Chopra, winner of this yearâ€™s Mercedes Championship, J.B. Holmes, winner of this yearâ€™s FBR Open; Johnson Waggoner, winner of this yearâ€™s Shell Houston Open; D.J. Trahan, winner of this yearâ€™s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic; 2007 Wyndham Championship runners up Tim Petrovic, Billy Mayfair and Jeff Overton; Chris DiMarco, Brett Wetterich, Heath Slocum, Vaughn Taylor, Peter Lonard, Steve Marino, Bill Haas, Joe Ogilvie, Billy Andrade and Nick Watney are among the latest PGA TOUR golfers to commit to the Wyndham Championship.
â– Chinese Golfer: The player widely considered the best professional golfer in China is playing in the Wyndham Championship. W.C. Liang, who won the 2007 Order of Merit on the Asian Tour, is playing on the Commissionerâ€™s Exemption for foreign players. Liang plays on the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. After more than a dozen top-10 finishes on the Asian Tour, he won the 2007 Singapore Masters, which was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour making him just the second golfer from the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China to win on the European Tour. When he played in the 2007 PGA Championship, he became the first Chinese golfer to compete in the PGA TOURâ€™s final major of the year.
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