FEDEXCUP CONTENDERS, No. 9 KEVIN KISNER, No. 11 KEVIN NA, No. 13 WILLIAM MCGIRT, JOIN WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three top-13 golfers in the current FedExCup point standings, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Na and William McGirt, will play the 2016 Wyndham Championship, the tournament announced today. The 77th annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 15-21, 2016 at Sedgefield Country Club.
These players join former Wyndham winners Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson, Wake Forest alumnus Bill Haas, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, U.S.
Open champions Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk as well as Spanish stars Rafael Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm in the field.
A native and resident of Aiken, S.C., Kisner won his first PGA TOUR event this season when he claimed the RSM Classic; he finished second at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, tied for fifth at the Sony Open in Hawaii, ninth at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and tied for 10th at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. The University of Georgia alumnus will make his fourth Wyndham Championship appearance this year; he finished tied for eighth in 2014 for his best Wyndham Championship finish. Kisner is currently ninth in the FedExCup point standings, 30th in the Official World Golf Rankings and 23rd in the current Ryder Cup point standings.
Although he only has one PGA TOUR victory to his credit, the 2011 Justin Timberlake Hospitals for Children Open, Na always seems to be in contention. He has six top-seven finishes this season: second at the Frys.com Open and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, tied for third at both the CIMB Classic and the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, tied for fourth at the RBC Heritage and seventh at the U.S. Open. The South Korea native will make his sixth Wyndham Championship appearance later this month; he finished tied for 18th in 2010, his best finish here. Na is currently 11th in the FedExCup point standings, 32nd in the Official World Golf Rankings and 22nd in the current Ryder Cup point standings.
McGirt is having a breakout season with his first-career win and six additional top-10 finishes. He won the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, finished tied for second at the Sanderson Farms Championship, tied for seventh at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, tied for eighth at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and the Honda Classic, tied for ninth at the RBC Heritage and tied for 10th at the PGA Championship last weekend. The Fairmont, N.C. native will make his seventh Wyndham Championship appearance this year. He finished tied for 14th last year and tied for eighth in 2014, his best finish here. A resident of Boiling Springs, S.C., McGirt is currently 11th in the FedExCup point standings, 38th in the Official World Golf Rankings and 15th in the current Ryder Cup point standings.
“These players are all highly ranked in the FedExCup point standings and the Official World Golf Rankings,” tournament director Mark Brazil said.
“But it’s also interesting that each of them is in good positon to make a run at the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team. It should be fun to watch it all play out in the next few weeks.”
About the Wyndham Championship:
Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors. Tickets are available at http://www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, presenting sponsor BB&T and Premier Partners, Cadillac, Harris Teeter, Lincoln Financial, McConnell Golf, Sunbrella®, Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. and VF Corporation for their continued support. Additional tournament information and sponsorship information are available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com. Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube.