Brooks Koepka is coming to this week’s Wyndham Championship.
Koepka, who has won four major championships and is ranked seventh in the world, committed last week. The tournament, which will be played without spectators, will begin Thursday at Sedgefield Country Club.
“We were holding out hope that he would decide to play, but we just never promoted that he was coming,” said Mark Brazil, the tournament director.
Koepka is 91st on the FedEx Cup points list after his 29th-place finish Sunday in the PGA Championship. Seventeen of the top 50 in the world rankings are among the 156 golfers. The final two spots in the field will go to the top two finishers in the qualifying tournament today at Bermuda Run Country Club.
“This is huge for us and he’s such a great player who obviously has been on a roll over the last several years,” Brazil said.
Koepka, who was in contention for his third straight PGA Championship to start Sunday, shot a final-round 74.
His appearance in Greensboro will be his third. In 2014 he tied for 38th, and in 2015 he tied for sixth after a final-round 65.
“I think I gave him a sponsor’s invite that first time he played here but he’s had some success in the couple of times he’s played here,” Brazil said.
Among the other high-ranking golfers who will compete are fourth-ranked Webb Simpson, eighth-ranked Patrick Reed, 13th-ranked Tommy Fleetwood and 16th-ranked Justin Rose. Simpson and Reed are past champions.
Shane Lowry, who won the 2019 Open Championship, and Paul Casey, who tied for second at the PGA Championship, are also in the field. Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia are also expected to play.
Brazil said having such a good field in the PGA Tour's final regular-season tournament will help with the television ratings.
"I would think our TV ratings will be up there," Brazil said. "We really love the field for this year's tournament."
Be the first to know
Get local news delivered to your inbox!