Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Wyndham Championship – Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro, North Carolina –
PGA Tour rookie Tom Hoge could be the story as the 36-hole co-leader, but he’s tied with a golf legend.
Hoge(11-under) plays with Tiger Woods Saturday in the final pairing at 2 p.m. local time. Woods shot 67 in round two to position himself for a run at the title. Woods, 187th in the FedEx Cup Standings heading into the week, is trying to resurrect his career after two years of sluggish competition.
Woods needs a strong finish to get inside the Top 125 and earn a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs last next. His back-nine 31 Friday certainly showed flashbacks of greatness.
Hoge, who has two recent Top 10s on tour, will be in a new world when he tees off Saturday at Sedgefield Country Club. He certainly could get lost in a mass crowd supporting the return of the “Old” Woods, who entered the week as a 40-to-1 betting selection at www.ladbrokes.com.
Brandt Snedeker comes into the weekend boasting a 9-under-61 in round two. Sneeds is part of a large group at T-5 and two back of the leaders. The 9-under crowd includes Bill Haas, a runner-up here last year, Carl Pettersson, a past champion at this event, and Nick Watney.
Chad Campbell and 51-year-old Davis Love III sit 10-under heading into the weekend. Campbell has challenged leader boards a few times this summer, but DL3 has been largely out of the mix. He will certainly have the support of the fans in Greensboro this weekend trying to drag him across the finish line with a victory.
Look for someone in the 9-under range to make a move Saturday. Haas is a perfect candidate with his North Carolina background. He also won earlier this season in California at the Humana Challenge and is no stranger to heating up this time of year as he is a past FedEx Cup champion.
Other Golf news:
- Candie Kung (11-under) leads the LPGA Tour’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Vancouver through two rounds. She is two shots clear of Karine Icher and Lydia Ko, while Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz are T-5.
- Of those at Greensboro sitting outside the FedEx Cup Standings Top 125 to enter entry into the Playoffs were Camilo Villegas, Ernie Els, Jonas Blixt and Woods. All made the cut at the Wyndham Championship and jockey for a strong finish.
- Larry Mize turned heads with a 5-under opening round to lead the Champions Tour hosts the Boeing Classic in Seattle. Mize, a 500-1 super long shot, leads local favorite Fred Couples, Carlos Franco and Billy Andrade by a shot heading into Saturday’s second round.
- Among those missing the cut at Greensboro included Hideki Matsuyama, Billy Horschel and J.J. Henry, a winner on tour two weeks ago at the Barracuda Championship.