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First Tee of the Triad to benefit from nine-hole exhibition at Wyndham Championship

First Tee of the Triad to benefit from nine-hole exhibition at Wyndham Championship

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GREENSBORO— Four PGA Tour golfers will play a nine-hole exhibition match to benefit The First Tee of the Triad on Wednesday before the start of this week's Wyndham Championship.

2011 Masters champion and 15-time international winner Charl Schwartzel will team with fellow South African and 13-time international winner Branden Grace, two International Team Presidents Cup veterans. The two will take on three-time Tour winner Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak.

The match, which will air on Golf Channel beginning at 2 p.m., will be contested on the back side at Sedgefield Country Club and televised as a special presentation of PGA Tour Live, according to a news release from the tournament. 

The Wyndham, the final regular-season event before the FedEx Cup playoffs, will begin Thursday. Sedgefield is closed to the public all week.

The teams will use the Chapman Format in the nine-hole exhibition. Each golfer hits a tee shot, and each plays the other’s ball for second shots. The best of the second shots is selected, and the two partners complete the hole playing alternate shots. Players on the winning team will receive a Wyndham Rewards “Vacation Ready” Gift Bag.

The Wyndham Rewards Challenge will be worth $160,000 with all funds going to The First Tee of the Triad, central North Carolina’s chapter of the international organization, in the names of the participating golfers. Schwartzel and Grace will play for The First Tee of the Triad after-school programs; Perez and Kokrak will play for The First Tee of the Triad summer camps. Holes 10 through 12 will be worth $10,000 each, holes 13 through 15 will be worth $15,000 each, and holes 16 through 18 will be worth $25,000 each for a total of $150,000.

After players hit their tee shots at the par three 16th hole, each will participate in the Wyndham Rewards Bonus Shot: one swing from the front tee on the 16th hole to the Club Wyndham Beach. The golfer whose shot is closest to the target will win an additional $10,000 for his First Tee of the Triad program.

Contact Eddie Wooten at (336) 373-7093, and follow @EddieWootenNR on Twitter.

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