FOX8 Wyndham Championship live blog
Tiger Woods is playing at the Piedmont Triad’s PGA Tour event, the 76th annual Wyndham Championship, which is being played at Sedgefield Country Club.
It is his first time ever playing in Greensboro.
Stay with this live blog throughout the week and weekend for the latest on Tiger and other golfers.
Winner’s name is put in sand sculpture.
Wyndham final attendance numbers:
143,000 this week
35,000 on final day
Tiger Woods in contention to win Wyndham Championship
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Tiger rolls in a birdie at the first, while Hoge's short try slides by. Tiger Woods leads the Wyndham Championship by himself at 12 under.
— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) August 22, 2015
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan chips from the rough on the 10th hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Fruday in Greensboro.
Ben Crane and his caddie react after Crane almost holed out from the fairway on the 15th hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday in Greensboro.
Tiger Woods reacts after he completes his round on the 18th green during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday in Greensboro.
Bill Haas tees off the third hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday in Greensboro.
Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off the third hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday in Greensboro.
Sam Saunder tees off on the 12th hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday in Greensboro.
30,000 people attend Wyndham tournament on Friday:
Tiger at podium: http://myfox8.com/on-air/live-streaming-wc/
Tiger Woods is now tied for the lead
Wyndham Championship announces 30,000-fan sellout crowd; activates additional parking space at GTCC
Daily attendance around 24,000 is typically what the Wyndham attracts on a good weekend, but Tiger Woods’ draw is powerful. Today figures to see even higher attendance numbers.
The attendance increases would likely continue through the weekend, especially if Woods remains in contention through Sunday.
The Wyndham plans to cap attendance between 30,000 and 32,000 per day — the course could not handle much more than that.
Davis Love III currently in the lead this morning at 9 under par — followed by Morgan Hoffmann, William McGirt, Eric Compton and Tom Hoge, all 8 under par. Tiger Woods tees off today at 12:50 a.m.
Want to go to Wyndham today and need tickets? Go to http://www.wyndhamchampionship.com — it’s $30 for a one-day pass. Kids are free.
“Yesterday when Tiger came in it was covered from tee to green,” volunteer Bill Thacker said of the crowd.
Two golfers withdrew from the Wyndham Championship during Thursday’s first round. Dudley Hart withdrew due to a back injury, and John Peterson withdrew after injuring his hip.
Current leader William McGirt will tee off at hole 1 at 12 p.m. Friday. Tiger Woods will tee off at hole 1 at 12:50 p.m. Friday.
Wyndham Championship fans took to the tournament’s new Uber car service in a big way on day one with consistent use through both the early morning and late-afternoon waves.
The Uber/Wyndham Championship partnership runs through Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club.
Attendees can use the Uber app to request a ride to drop them off right at the tournament entrance.
The Uber drop-off and pick-up location has moved slightly but remains in close proximity to the tournament’s main entrance.
The drop-off and pick-up location is now at the intersection of Rockingham and Anson roads.
Uber signage makes it clear fans are in the correct location and there is more information in the Uber app.
How long does it take to get to Wyndham?
“It’s electric out there from the very first hole,” Tiger Woods said. “The people have been so nice and so supportive. It’s a small-town atmosphere. Very cool.”
FOX8 digital producer Stephanie Doyle’s 14-year-old son is out at Wyndham today and took this pic of the fans and leaderboard. Tiger Woods is -6.
FOX8 has been working on a Wyndham Championship special, “Let’s Tee it Up.” It airs tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m.
Here’s the deal with parking.
Wyndham leaders suggest allowing 20 to 30 minutes to get to the course from public parking areas. Those parking areas include Furniture Land South at 5635 Riverdale Drive in Jamestown, American Furniture Warehouse at 3900 Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro and the Greensboro Coliseum, also on Gate City Boulevard.
Shuttles begin running at 6:30 a.m. with the first golfers starting play at 7 a.m.
Parking will cost $8 at the Coliseum and $10 at the furniture store parking lots. There is no charge for the shuttle from those lots to the golf course.
Tiger Woods will be playing today with Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama.
Heading to Wyndham today and want to see Tiger Woods? He tees off at 7:50 a.m. on hole No. 10. After that is former Wake player Bill Haas.
Webb Simpson on Tiger-mania: “He still draws the crowd. He’s kind of like the Arnold Palmer of our generation.”
Chris Paul, NBA star from Forsyth County, at the practice range.
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Tiger Woods’ plane has landed in Greensboro.
Raining hard at the moment out at Wyndham. Watch the FOX8 Interactive Radar here: http://myfox8.com/weather/maps-and-radar/interactive-radar/
From Ed Hardin at the News & Record:
Tiger Woods will play to the bitter end.
His arrival at the 76th Wyndham Championship comes at the end of a long and trying season, possibly near the end of a long and fascinating career. Woods, 39, has never played here.
He’s here to win. Anything short of that probably won’t be enough for him to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. This isn’t just the last tournament of the regular season, it’s a Hail Mary for Woods.
And it’s among the most impressive things he’s done as a professional golfer. Woods is coming here to win. The alternative would’ve been to surrender, something he’s also never done. Woods isn’t injured. He’s healthy and playing almost every week and trying to get his game back.
We have a front-row seat for what could be one of the great stories in golf.
Then again, it might be over by Friday evening.
So when will Tiger Woods play? He could play as early as Tuesday, but is definitely scheduled to play Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m.
“I’m very excited,” said Wyndham volunteer Mary Robinson. “I hope he’ll play well. And will come again. I’ll be here to watch him play.”
“I think it’s good for golf,” said longtime Wyndham fan Keith Rush. “Anyway you look at it, (Tiger) is going to draw a crowd. I think it’ll bring out more people. It’s good for Greensboro. Good for the economy.”
“This is obviously huge news for the Wyndham Championship,” tournament director Mark Brazil said of Tiger Woods’ playing in the tournament.
Want to buy tickets? Tournament officials say if you are interested in buying tickets the best place is online at http://www.wyndhamchampionship.com
“I’ve seen Tiger play one time at the U.S. Open,” said golfer Bradley Calloway who believes Tiger is still strong despite critics who believe Tiger’s best golf days are behind him. ”I don’t think he’s finished, I think he’s still got a few years left.”
With larger crowds expected this week for the Wyndham, parking with shuttle service will now be at the Greensboro Coliseum beginning
Wednesday. The increase in spectators is linked to Tiger Woods hitting the
greens at Sedgefield Country Club.
“Extra draw to Greensboro, extra draw to our store, extra
draw to the whole tournament itself,” said Zack Coble with Golfsmith on
Wendover. “All of us are really excited, we can go out to an affordable
place and see Tiger hit balls.”