GREENSBORO, N.C. � The first round of the inaugural Wyndham Championship is just three weeks away; some pre-tournament notes and quotes are below. The Field: Due to the new FedExCup points system, players are committing to the tournament later than they have in recent years. Among the early commitments are defending champion Davis Love III, 2005 winner K.J. Choi, 2004 winner Brent Geiberger, 2003 winner Shigeki Maruyama, 1999 winner Jesper Parnevik, 1998 winner Trevor Dodds, Justin Leonard, Chris DiMarco, Carl Pettersson, Jerry Kelly, D.J. Trahan, Lucas Glover, Jason Gore, Billy Andrade, Bill Haas and 2007 PGA TOUR winners Boo Weekley, Nick Watney, Jonathan Byrd, Charley Hoffman, Joe Oglivie and Mark Wilson. The top-five finishers from last year�s tournament are also back: Love, Jason Bohn, Eric Axley, Steve Flesch and Ryan Palmer. Exemptions: The Wyndham Championship has eight sponsor exemptions. Two are restricted to current PGA TOUR professionals, and two are restricted to PGA TOUR�s Qualifying School and Nationwide category. The tournament can fill its four unrestricted exemptions with any golfer who has a scratch handicap. Pablo Martin, last year�s collegiate player of the year and Lee Janzen have accepted exemptions. Chris Kirk, a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, has accepted an exemption; Kirk is the first player to participate in both the AJGA FootJoy Boys Invitational and the Wyndham Championship. Kirk won the 2007 Ben Hogan Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top college golfer. An exemption has also been offered to John Daly, but it has not yet been accepted. Kids Day: Tuesday, Aug. 14 is Kids Day at the Wyndham Championship. All kids under 18 will receive free admission for Tuesday only. The standard Wyndham Championship policy of admitting children ages 15 and under free with a paid adult will apply all week. The inaugural Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 13-19 at Forest Oaks Country Club. Kids Zone: The Wyndham Championship Kids Zone, presented by the Community Foundation of Greensboro and Lomax Construction, will also debut this year. Located between the putting green and the Forest Oaks Country Club Clubhouse, the Kid Zone will be open to children ages 10 and under every day of tournament week. The Kids Zone will be inside an air-conditioned tent. Course Changes: Forest Oaks Country Club will look a bit different this year. At the par five 13th hole, a larger grandstand, a new luxury suite and a new viewing platform combine with the existing hospitality facilities create a horseshoe affect around the green. The longtime hospitality tents adjacent to the 14th tee have been moved to other locations. CBS Sports will occupy that space with their massive high-definition broadcast compound. The 15th green will now have two double luxury skyboxes. At the par three 17th hole, an additional skybox and a viewing platform have been added. The grandstand at 17 will be triple the size of last year�s grandstand, and the Natty Greene�s Beer Garden is located near the enlarged grandstand. At the par four 18th, additional chalets have been added. XM Satellite Radio: While this popular satellite radio network has been at the Piedmont Triad�s PGA TOUR event for several years, they are increasing their involvement this year. XM Satellite Radio will broadcast all four days of the tournament from Noon until 6 p.m. Fans attending the Wyndham Championship will be able to use an XM Satellite Radio receiver during the tournament and have an opportunity to purchase one following the round. Crocs: One of the most popular shoe brands in the country will be out in full force at the Wyndham Championship. Crocs will have an expo near the tournament�s main entrance. Fans can try out a pair of crocs for the day and either purchase them on their way back to the parking lot shuttle or turn them back in. It�s Hot: The Wyndham Championship has added some amenities to help fans deal with the steamy weather for which the Piedmont Triad is known in mid August. The tournament will provide air-conditioned tents for the general public located between the ninth green and the first tee as well as behind the grandstands near the 18th green. Concessions will be available for purchase inside each of the tents. In addition, grandstands will be covered with awnings to shade the fans from the August sun. 19th Hole: The general public is invited to the air conditioned Wyndham Championship 19th Hole presented by Michelob Ultra. Once inside the 19th hole, fans can relax and purchase refreshments in air-conditioned comfort. The 19th hole will be located adjacent to the ninth green, and it includes phone and internet access courtesy of Time Warner Cable. SunCom Wireless Calling Stations: Cell Phones, pagers and all PDAs are prohibited at the Wyndham Championship. SunCom Wireless will have three courtesy calling stations where fans can make free calls. They will be located near the main entrance, the Wyndham Championship19th Hole and the 13th green. Harris Teeter Discount Tickets: Wyndham Championship tickets can be purchased at all Piedmont Triad Harris Teeter locations. Good-any-day tickets are $30, but they are only $20 when purchased at Harris Teeter with a VIC Card. The 2007 Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 13-19 at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Tickets can be purchased online at wyndhamchampionship.com, at Piedmont Triad Harris Teeter locations or through the tournament office. The tournament welcomes Wyndham Worldwide as its new title sponsor and thanks Premier Partners, AIG, Harris Teeter and VF Corporation for their continued support. Additional tournament 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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