THREE-TIME MAJOR WINNER ERNIE ELS, TWO-TIME U.S. OPEN CHAMPION RETIEF GOOSEN
JOIN WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three-time major champion Ernie Els and two-time U.S.
Open champion Retief Goosen will play in next week’s Wyndham Championship,
it was announced today. The 72nd annual Wyndham Championship presented by
BB&T is set for Aug, 15-21 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Els and Goosen join a field that already includes 2010 FedExCup champion Jim
Furyk, world No. 16 Paul Casey, world No. 17 Ian Poulter, world No. 18
Kyung-Tae Kim, world No. 19 David Toms, 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas
Glover, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas, Camilo Villegas, Trevor Immelman, 2008
champion Carl Pettersson, three-time major winner Vijay Singh, two-time
major winner Angel Cabrera, 2007 champion Brandt Snedeker, 1997 British Open
winner Justin Leonard, Louis Oosthuizen, Anthony Kim, two-time Wyndham
winners Rocco Mediate and Davis Love III, Boo Weekley, John Daly, Tommy “two
gloves” Gainey and defending champion Arjun Atwal.
Els is a three-time major winner having won the U.S. Open in 1994 and ’97 as
well as the 2002 British Open. He has 18 PGA TOUR wins and 46 international
wins. He has played in six President’s Cup matches, nine Dunhill Cup
matches and five World Cup matches. He is 27th in the official world golf
rankings and 126th in the FedExCup point standings. Els, a native of South
Africa, finished tied for ninth in the 1997 Wyndham Championship in his only
previous appearance here. Els is a member of the 2011 World Golf Hall of
Goosen won the U.S. Open in 2001 and ’04. He is 24th in the current
official world golf rankings and 105th in the current FedExCup point
standings. A seven-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Goosen has 24 international
wins. The golfer from South Africa will be making his second Wyndham
Championship appearance; he finished tied for 37th in 2003.
“This is the best field we’ve seen in probably 20 years, and it should be a
lot of fun,” Wyndham Championship tournament director Mark Brazil said. “I
hope we have a big response from Piedmont Triad golf fans because with the
number big names and top players in the field, this year’s Wyndham
Championship is going to be one heck of a tournament.”