GREENSBORO, N.C – – The Wyndham Championship will be part of the inaugural Kodak Challenge that tees off on the PGA TOUR in January 2009. Hole No. 15 at Sedgefield Country Club has been selected as a Kodak Challenge hole.
The Kodak Challenge is a first-of-its-kind competition for PGA TOUR players and celebrates beautiful holes and memorable moments on the PGA TOUR. Players must play at least 18 of the 24 Kodak Challenge holes throughout the season to compete for the Kodak Challenge title and $1 million.
A player’s lowest score relative to par on 18 of the Kodak Challenge holes will be counted. In the case of a tie, a sudden death playoff on the final hole will take place immediately after conclusion of the last tournament of the Kodak Challenge, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart.
“Being a part of the inaugural Kodak Challenge is a nice honor for the Wyndham Championship,” tournament director Mark Brazil said. “The 15th hole at Sedgefield was selected as among the most beautiful and memorable on the PGA TOUR, and that’s a credit to Kris Spence who led the course restoration as well as Sedgefield superintendent Keith Wood. Piedmont Triad golf fans will be intrigued by this new game within the PGA TOUR.”
“The Kodak Challenge holes are among the most beautiful and memorable in all of golf, and we look forward to the many Kodak Moments to come when the Kodak Challenge tees off in January,” said Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chief Business Development Officer and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “The excitement and anticipation will build throughout the season as players step up to each Kodak Challenge hole and compete for the $1 million. All they have to do is play – it’s that simple.”
“Kodak and the PGA TOUR have worked closely together to develop this exciting new competition that will generate a lot of interest, particularly as it culminates during the Fall Series,” said Tom Wade, Chief Marketing Officer, PGA TOUR. “The Kodak Challenge effectively combines the beauty and the memorable moments found regularly on the PGA TOUR with Kodak’s famous brand and image.”
The Kodak Challenge holes were selected by the Kodak Challenge Advisory Board in collaboration with Kodak and the PGA TOUR. Advisory Board members are David Feherty, CBS Sports golf analyst; Rees Jones, golf course architect; Jules Alexander, golf photographer; Andy Pazder, PGA TOUR Senior VP, Tournament Administration; and Lance Barrow, CBS Sports golf, Coordinating Producer. Holes were selected based on their beauty and their connection to memorable moments in golf. Fans can see all 24 Kodak Challenge holes at kodakchallenge.com.
The 2009 Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 17-23 in Greensboro, N.C. Tickets will be available online at wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide and Premier Partners, BB&T Cadillac, 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.