Wake Forest alums commit to Wyndham

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Jul. 24—GREENSBORO — Three Wake Forest alumni, 2011 champion Webb Simpson, Will Zalatoris and Bill Haas, will play the Wyndham Championship next month, the tournament announced Friday. The 82nd annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 11-15 at Sedgefield Country Club.

Simpson is currently 16th in the Official World Golf Rankings and 49th in FedExCup points. He has five top-10 finishes this season, including finishing tied for sixth at the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at Concession and tied for eighth at the U.S. Open.

He captured his first PGA Tour victory at the Wyndham in 2011 and went on to win the 2012 U.S. Open 10 months later.

Simpson, who finished tied for third here last year, recorded a top-three finish in each of his last four appearances at Sedgefield. The Raleigh native leads the Wyndham Championship career money list with $3,527,268 in 12 appearances.

Zalatoris, who is currently 30th in the Official World Golf Rankings, is best known for his runner-up finish at the Masters earlier this year. He also finished tied for fifth at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open earlier this season. The former Demon Deacon injured his back and withdrew from the Open Championship last week but still plans to play the Wyndham.

Because he has not yet won on the PGA Tour, the San Francisco native enjoys the tour's "special temporary member" status, meaning he can accept an unlimited number of sponsor exemptions and will use an exemption here.

Haas, the 2011 FedExCup champion, has several excellent Wyndham Championship finishes. He tied for 10th in 2009, tied for seventh in 2012, tied for second in 2014 and tied for sixth in 2015. The six-time PGA Tour winner will make his 17th Wyndham Championship start next month.

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