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The Tour Report

August 19 2010

11:59 AM

Williamson grabs top spot

Jay Williamson has only made the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup once in its four-year existence, finishing 66th. He was keenly motivated that year, too, since the BMW Championship was played at Bellerive in St. Louis, which is Williamson’s home course.

Williamson, who currently ranks 147th, is making a bid for his second Playoffs appearance during the first round of the Wyndham Championship. He’s just made a 12-footer for birdie at the 17th hole to move to 5 under and in sole possession of the lead.

We’re getting ahead of ourselves, of course, but if Williamson should win at Sedgefield on Sunday it would be the first victory of the 43-year-old veteran’s career. He has two runner-up finishes at the 2007 Travelers Championship and the 2008 John Deere Classic.

Williamson’s best finish this year is a tie for eighth at the St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew. It’s his only top-10 of the year but that could change this week – and it couldn’t happen at a better time. – Helen Ross