Wyndham Championship: Round 2 notebookAugust 21, 2009
Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Due to a dangerous weather situation first-round play was suspended at 12:24 p.m. on Thursday. Play resumed at 4:30 p.m. for a total delay of 4:06. Play was suspended due to darkness at 7:58 p.m. on Thursday with half the field still on the course. First-round play resumed Friday morning at 7:45 a.m.
• The second-round started at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and was suspended at 7:59 p.m. due to darkness with 28 players still on the course. The second-round will resume at 7:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Players will be paired in threesomes off split tees for Round 3 from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..
• Friday's weather was mostly cloudy with late afternoon thunderstorms and temperatures reaching the upper-80s. Winds SW 5-10 mph.
• Chris Riley, No. 129 on the FedExCup standings coming into the Wyndham Championship, shot a second-round 63, which is tied for the third best round in tournament history. Riley's two round total of 129 is the second best 36-hole total in tournament history behind Carl Pettersson's 125 last year.
• Riley's 63 tied his career-best round, which he did twice in 2003. Riley last held a second-round lead in 2003 at the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational (T4). His only other first-round lead came in 2001 at the Michelob Championship.
• Riley has four missed cuts in his previous seven appearances at the Wyndham Championship. His best finish was T14 in 2002.
• Sergio Garcia, ranked 115 in the FedExCup standings coming into the week, shot a 6-under 64 in the second-round. The 64 is his best round on the PGA TOUR since the 2008 Deustche Bank Championship (T5).
• Garcia finished T13 in his only other appearance at the Wyndham Championship in 2005.
• Haas' 131 total through two rounds is his best 36-hole total on the PGA TOUR. His previous best was a 132 at the 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic.
• Haas will be making his first cut at the Wyndham Championship in his fifth try. Haas missed the cut in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Prior to this week, Haas has never shot a round in the 60s at the Wyndham Championship.
• Justin Thomas, a 16-year-old from Goshen, Ky., followed up his first-round 65 with a 2-over 72.
• Thomas is 3-under for the tournament and is the third youngest player in PGA TOUR history to make a cut. Thomas is 16 years, 3 months and 24 days old on Saturday (born April 29, 1993) when the official cut will be made. Bob Panasik was 15 years, 8 months and 20 days old when he made the cut at the 1957 Canadian Open (T66). Tadd Fujikawa was 16 years and 4 days old when he made the cut at the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii (T20). Panasik went on to play in 38 PGA TOUR events from his first in 1957 until his last in 1987. In those 38 events, he made 35 cuts and recorded nine top 25 finishes. Fujikawa has played 12 events on TOUR with four made cuts.
• In the first-round, Thomas fired one of eight bogey-free first-rounds. The others came from Steve Elkington, Peter Lonard, Jeff Maggert, Scott McCarron, Ryan Moore, Scott Sterling and Kevin Streelman.
• Thomas earned a sponsor exemption by winning at the American Junior Golf Association's FootJoy Invitational earlier this year at Sedgefield Country Club. For the first year, a sponsor's exemption to the Wyndham Championship was granted to the winner of the FootJoy Invitational. Thomas made the most of this opportunity, as three late birdies helped him turn a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory at the FootJoy Invitational and a spot into his first PGA TOUR event. Thomas has two other AJGA wins on his resume.
Amateur Hour The Wyndham Championship also has a history of amateurs doing well. Below is a list of top 25 finishes by amateurs at the Wyndham Championship: Year Amateur Player Finish Course 1947 Frank Stranahan 2nd Starmount Forest CC 1947 Dick Chapman T8 Starmount Forest CC 1948 Dick Chapman T21 Sedgefield Country Club 1949 Frank Stranahan T3 Starmount Forest CC 1949 Skee Riegel T21 Starmount Forest CC 1951 Hobart Manley Jr. T18 Starmount Forest CC 1951 Harvie Ward Jr. T24 Starmount Forest CC 1953 Frank Stranahan 8th Sedgefield Country Club 1956 Larry Dempsey 19th Starmount Forest CC 1961 Bill Harvey T23 Sedgefield Country Club 2004 Ryan Moore T24 Forest Oaks Country Club 2008 Danny Lee T20 Sedgefield Country Club
• Sedgefield Country Club has a history of amateurs doing well in professional events. Sergio Garcia finished T3 in 1998 in the Nationwide Tour's Greensboro Open, while Charles Howell III finished T2 in 2000 Nationwide Tour Greensboro Open.
• Jeev M. Singh, who started the second-round on No. 10) birdie six straight holes (Nos. 2-7) on his way to a 29. Singh's 6-under in the second-round moves him to 7-under for the tournament.
• Singh's 64 in the second-round is a new career-best on the PGA TOUR. Singh's previous best round on TOUR was a 65 at the 2009 World Golf Championships-CA Championship (4th).
• The top 96 players in the FedExCup standings coming into the Wyndham Championship have locked in a spot at The Barclays for the first event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. This means that all the players ranked 97 or higher in the FedExCup standings are "on the bubble" and are fighting to get into the top 125.
• New Zealand golfer Danny Lee, 19, needs to earn $141,404 this week at the Wyndham Championship to earn special temporary membership on the PGA TOUR and continue playing this season. If Lee does not earn $141,404, he will have to wait until the PGA TOUR Quailfying Tournament in December to earn his card for next season.
• As the final event in the FedExCup Regular Season, the Wyndham Championship plays a vital role in the race to the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. In the offseason, the field size for the first Playoff event was decreased from 144 to 125 and the Wyndham Championship will serve as the final stage for players trying to move or stay inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings.
• Another key change this season was moving the points reset from the beginning of the Playoffs to after the BMW Championship (third event). This guarantees that all 30 players at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola will have a mathematical chance at winning the FedExCup. It also means that the top five players in the FedExCup points entering THE TOUR Championship will control their own destiny -- if they win the TOUR Championship they will also win the FedExCup.
• There have not been any rookie winners on TOUR so far this season. The last season that a rookie failed to capture a win was in 1998, the year that Steve Flesch won PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. Actually, since 1979 there have only been three seasons (1998, 1986 and 1981) where a rookie failed to capture a victory.