Wyndham Championship Winners and History – Greater Greensboro Open

Wyndham Championship

Played annually in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Wyndham Championship originally was called the Greater Greensboro Open. The first Greater Greensboro Open was held in 1938, and was won by the legendary Sam Snead. Snead would go on to win the event eight times, with his 1965 win there making him the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event. His eight victories in a single tournament also is a PGA Tour record.

For most of its history, the Greater Greensboro Open was held in April or May. In its first 4 years, it was played at both Sedgefield Country Club and Starmount Forest Country Club, moving to the Starmount Forest CC in 1942. From 1942 to 1952, it alternated between Starmount Forest CC and Sedgefield CC. It was played at Starmount in 1951 and 1952. Sedgefield hosted in 1953, then it was back to Starmount through 1956.  Sedgefield CC hosted in 1957 before Starmount Forest CC hosted another 3 straight 1958-60.

From 1961 to 1976, it was played at Sedgefield CC. The origin of this is actually a pretty funny story. Following his win at Starmount in 1960, Snead noted that the winter had taken its toll on the course, and joked that the owner Edward Benjamin should fix it up before the next tournament. Benjamin banned Snead from his course for life. In a popularity contest, though, Snead won. The tournament has not returned to Starmount.

From 1977 to 2007, Forest Oaks Country Club hosted the event. In 2008, the tournament returned to Sedgefield CC. In any case, it has been played in Greensboro, NC for its entire history.

Ben Hogan won his first tournament there in 1940. In 1942, Sam Byrd, a former New York Yankee became the only MLB baseball player to win a PGA Tour event. Charlie Sifford became the first African American to play a PGA Tournament in the South when he was invited to the 1961 Greater Greensboro Open. Seve Ballesteros won his first US tournament there in 1978.

Davis Love holds the course-tournament record with a 62 recorded in 1992.

In 2007, the event was renamed the Wyndham Championship when Wyndham Hotels & Resorts took over from DaimlerChrysler as main sponsor. It moved from an autumn date to mid-August and is the last PGA Tour event before the Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. The 2011 purse was $5,200,000, with $936,000 going to the winner.

A complete list of Wyndham Championship winners follows:

Wyndham Championship
2013Patrick Reed
2012Sergio Garcia
2011Webb Simpson
2010Arjun Atwal
2009Ryan Moore
2008Carl Pettersson
2007Brandt Snedeker
Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
2006Davis Love III
2005K.J. Choi
2004Brent Geiberger
2003Shigeki Maruyama
Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic
2002Rocco Mediate
2001Scott Hoch
2000Hal Sutton
1999Jesper Parnevik
1998Trevor Dodds
1997Frank Nobilo
1996Mark O’Meara
KMart Greater Greensboro Open
1995Jim Gallagher JR
1994Mike Springer
1993Rocco Mediate
1992Davis Love III
1991Mark Brooks
1990Steve Elkington
1989Ken Green
1988Sandy Lyle
Greater Greensboro Open
1987Scott Simpson
1986Sandy Lyle
1985Joey Sindelar
1984Andy Bean
1983Lanny Wadkins
1982Danny Edwards
1981Larry Nelson
1980Craig Stadler
1979Raymond Floyd
1978Seve Ballesteros
1977Danny Edwards
1976Al Geiberger
1975Tom Weiskopf
1974Bob Charles
1973Chi Chi Rodriguez
1972George Archer
1971Buddy Allin
1970Gary Player
1969Gene Littler
1968Billy Casper
1967George Archer
1966Doug Sanders
1965Sam Snead
1964Julius Boros
1963Doug Sanders
1962Billy Casper
1961Mike Souchak
1960Sam Snead
1959Dow Finsterwald
1958Bob Goalby
1957Stan Leonard
1956Sam Snead
1955Sam Snead
1954Doug Ford
1953Earl Stewart
1952Dave Douglas
1951Art Doering
1950Sam Snead
1949Sam Snead
1948Lloyd Mangrum
1947Vic Ghezzi
1946Sam Snead
1945Byron Nelson
1943-44 No tournament
1942Sam Byrd
1941Byron Nelson
1940Ben Hogan
1939Ralph Guldahl
1938Sam Snead
YearPlayerScoreTo parPurse ($)Course
Wyndham Championship
2017Henrik Stenson258-225, 800, 000Sedgefield CC
2016Kim Si-woo259-215600000Sedgefield CC
2015Davis Love III (3)263−175400000Sedgefield CC
2014Camilo Villegas263−175300000Sedgefield CC
2013Patrick Reed266−145300000Sedgefield CC
2012Sergio García262−185200000Sedgefield CC
2011Webb Simpson262−185200000Sedgefield CC
2010Arjun Atwal260−205100000Sedgefield CC
2009Ryan Moore264−165100000Sedgefield CC
2008Carl Pettersson259−215100000Sedgefield CC
2007Brandt Snedeker266−225000000Forest Oaks CC
Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
2006Davis Love III (2)272−165000000Forest Oaks CC
2005K. J. Choi266−225000000Forest Oaks CC
2004Brent Geiberger270−184600000Forest Oaks CC
2003Shigeki Maruyama266−224500000Forest Oaks CC
Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic
2002Rocco Mediate (2)272−163800000Forest Oaks CC
2001Scott Hoch272−163500000Forest Oaks CC
2000Hal Sutton274−143000000Forest Oaks CC
1999Jesper Parnevik265−232600000Forest Oaks CC
1998Trevor Dodds276−122200000Forest Oaks CC
1997Frank Nobilo274−141900000Forest Oaks CC
1996Mark O'Meara274−141800000Forest Oaks CC
KMart Greater Greensboro Open
1995Jim Gallagher, Jr.274−141500000Forest Oaks CC
1994Mike Springer275−131500000Forest Oaks CC
1993Rocco Mediate281−71500000Forest Oaks CC
1992Davis Love III272−161250000Forest Oaks CC
1991Mark Brooks275−131250000Forest Oaks CC
1990Steve Elkington282−61250000Forest Oaks CC
1989Ken Green277−111000000Forest Oaks CC
1988Sandy Lyle (2)271−171000000Forest Oaks CC
Greater Greensboro Open
1987Scott Simpson282−6600000Forest Oaks CC
1986Sandy Lyle275−13500000Forest Oaks CC
1985Joey Sindelar285−3400000Forest Oaks CC
1984Andy Bean280−8400000Forest Oaks CC
1983Lanny Wadkins275−13400000Forest Oaks CC
1982Danny Edwards (2)285−3300000Forest Oaks CC
1981Larry Nelson281−7300000Forest Oaks CC
1980Craig Stadler275−13250000Forest Oaks CC
1979Raymond Floyd282−6250000Forest Oaks CC
1978Seve Ballesteros282−6240000Forest Oaks CC
1977Danny Edwards276−12235000Forest Oaks CC
1976Al Geiberger268−16230000Sedgefield CC
1975Tom Weiskopf275−9225000Sedgefield CC
1974Bob Charles270−14220000Sedgefield CC
1972George Archer (2)272−12200000Sedgefield CC
1970Gary Player271−13180000Sedgefield CC
1969Gene Littler274−10160000Sedgefield CC
1967George Archer267−17125000Sedgefield CC
1966Doug Sanders (2)276−8100000Sedgefield CC
1963Doug Sanders270−1435000Sedgefield CC
1960Sam Snead (7)270−1420000Starmount Forest CC
1959Dow Finsterwald278−615000Starmount Forest CC
1958Bob Goalby275−915000Starmount Forest CC
1955Sam Snead (5)273−712500Starmount Forest CC
1954Doug Ford283−110000Starmount Forest CC
1953Earl Stewart275−510000Sedgefield CC
1952Dave Douglas277−710000Starmount Forest CC
1951Art Doering279−510000Starmount Forest CC
1950Sam Snead (4)269−1110000Sedgefield CC
1949Sam Snead (3)276−810000Starmount Forest CC
1943–44: No tournament due to World War II
1942Sammy Byrd279−55500Starmount Forest CC
1941Byron Nelson276−65000Sedgefield/Starmount Forest CC
1939Ralph Guldahl280−25000Sedgefield/Starmount Forest CC
1938Sam Snead271−115000Sedgefield/Starmount Forest CC

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