Wyndham Championship Announces Early Sponsor Exemptions

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Wyndham Championship has given sponsor’s exemptions to four players, it was announced today. The 71st annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 16-22, 2010.

High Point native Drew Weaver has accepted a sponsor’s exemption into the Wyndham Championship. Weaver played the Wyndham in 2008 as an amateur shooting two rounds of two-under-par 69 but missed the cut. The former British Amateur winner is an alumnus of Virginia Tech University.

Steve Elkington, who won here in 1990 and the 1995 PGA Championship, has accepted an exemption to play the Wyndham. The 2010 tournament will be Elkington’s 19th appearance in the Piedmont Triad’s PGA TOUR event.

Two-time major championship winner John Daly will use an exemption. Daly has five PGA TOUR wins including the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open. Daly will be making his 11th Wyndham Championship appearance.

The winner of the 2010 AJGA FootJoy Invitational, Tanner Kesterson, earned an exemption when he won the FootJoy earlier this month. Last year’s FootJoy champion, Justin Thomas, became the third youngest player to make the cut at a PGA TOUR event when he played in the Wyndham last year.

“This is certainly a nice mix of youth and veteran champions,” tournament director Mark Brazil said. “With Tanner as a high school student, Drew as a hometown favorite and future star, and two former major winners in John Daly and Steve Elkington, we are mixing our sponsor picks between young talent and accomplished veterans. A couple of years ago, I promised Drew that when he turned pro, we’d be sure one of his first starts was in his back yard so I’m glad that is happening.”

The 2010 Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 16-22 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Tickets are available at wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide and Premier Partners, BB&T, Flow Automotive, Harris Teeter, and VF Corporation for their continued support. Additional tournament information, including ticket packages and sponsorship information, is available at wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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