GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four-time Major winner Ernie Els and 2018 United States Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk will play the 2017 Wyndham Championship, the tournament announced today. The 78th annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 14-20, 2017 at Sedgefield Country Club.
These players join Andrew “Beef” Johnston, three-time Wyndham winner Davis Love III, 2011 Wyndham winner Webb Simpson, defending champion Si Woo Kim, former FedExCup champions Bill Haas and Billy Horschel, former world No. 1 Luke Donald and Major championship winners Jason Dufner and Graeme McDowell in the field.
Els is a four-time major winner having won the U.S. Open in 1994 and ’97 and the Open Championship in 2002 and ’12, and when he tees it up in next week’s PGA Championship, he will play his 100th Major championship. Els has 19 PGA TOUR wins and 47 international victories. He has played in eight President’s Cup matches, nine Dunhill Cup matches and five World Cup matches. A native of South Africa, Els is a member of the 2011 World Golf Hall of Fame class.
Els will make his seventh Wyndham Championship appearance including each of the last four; his best result here came in 1997 when he finished tied for seventh. He established the Els for Autism Foundation in spring 2009, with son, Ben, who is autistic, the driving force behind the mission. Six years later, he opened the first components of The Els Center of Excellence, based in Jupiter, Fla., to serve local, national and international autism communities and be a game-changing resource in the field.
Furyk, who will lead the United States team at the Ryder Cup in Paris next year, has played in the Ryder Cup nine times and the Presidents Cup seven times. He has 17 PGA TOUR victories to his credit including the 2003 U.S. Open; he will make his 14th Wyndham Championship appearance later this month; last year, he fired three rounds in the 60s and was tied for third with 18 holes to play, but on Sunday, he shot an even-par 70 and finished tied for 10th. He finished second in 1998 for his best finish here.
Furyk’s best finish of the 2017 season came in the RSM Classic where he tied for sixth. That finish guaranteed him at least one PGA TOUR top-10 finish every year since 1994. The University of Arizona alumnus has reached the FedExCup playoffs in each of the last 10 seasons. In 2016, he received the Payne Stewart Award presented annually to a professional golfer who best exemplifies Stewart’s steadfast values of character, charity and sportsmanship.
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://wyndhamchampionship.com, www.Ticketmaster.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® and VF Corporation for their continued support. Additional tournament information and sponsorship information are available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com. Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube.
About Wyndham Worldwide:
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is one of the largest global hospitality companies, providing travelers with access to a collection of trusted hospitality brands in hotels, vacation ownership, and unique accommodations including vacation exchange, holiday parks, and managed home rentals. With a collective inventory of nearly 130,000 places to stay across more than 110 countries on six continents, Wyndham Worldwide and its 38,000 associates welcome people to experience travel the way they want. This is enhanced by Wyndham Rewards®, the Company’s re-imagined guest loyalty program across its businesses, which is making it simpler for members to earn more rewards and redeem their points faster. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
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