Three era-defining winners from The Wyndham Championship

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The championship has seen some truly memorable moments in its rich history
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October 19, 2022
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The dust has finally settled on the 2022 Wyndham Golf Tournament, a key part of the PGA Tour calendar.

Wyndham Championship is one of the most prestigious tournaments to come to our area and has seen some truly memorable moments in its rich history. Joohung Kim caused quite a stir this year when he picked up the first PGA win of his career, earning him a permanent place on the tour. Kim, who turned in one of the best rounds of golf the tournament has seen in recent years, according to DK Nation, shot a phenomenal 27 on the front side which was the first such score since Dustin Johnson managed it at the 2020 FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Kim held off John Huh and fellow Korean Im Sung-jae, taking the tournament by five strokes, the biggest winning margin since Kim Si-woo in 2016 and only the third by five strokes or more since 1992. It's a remarkable achievement, and although he is still a massive outsider for the overall PGA Tour Championship in the current Ladbrokes odds, it did announce the 20-year-old to the world. He looks to have a big future ahead of him, and whilst his performance was exceptional, it does pose the question; was it as good as some of the all-time great Wyndham rounds?

We'll let you decide as we take you through three of the best.


Jesper Parnevik


In 1999, Sweden's Jesper Parnevik became only the third European to win the title, and he did it in some style. He shot an unrivalled remarkable 23 under par, still a record today, which left him ahead of a frustrated Jim Furyk. It left Parnevik on a par with the great Seve Ballesteros and two-time winner Sandy Lyle as the only Europeans to win at the time, although in the years since Sergio Garcia and another Swede, Henrik Stenson have joined him. His remarkable record still stands, although recently Stenson and J.T Poston have shot 22 under.


Seve Ballesteros


Sporting flared trousers and a youthful glow, the record-breaking Spaniard was an unknown quantity back in 1978. He arrived in Greensboro as a nobody, and left as the first European to win the trophy. It was a great base for the then 20-year-old to launch his career, which saw him lift five Majors; could the same be said for 20-year-old Kim after this year's win? Kim would have to be on his game to match Sev's later career, but the Spaniard's victory in 1978 was similar to Kim's. He shot 282, six under par, to beat Jack Renner and Fuzzy Zoeller by one stroke.


Sam Snead


Sam Snead was one of golf's greats, and this list could have included him no fewer than eight times. That's how many occasions he triumphed at Wyndham, back when it was known as the Greater Greensboro Open. His first victory came in 1938, meaning his dominance spanned almost thirty years. In addition to his eight wins, Snead managed to finish second on three occasions. Only Davis Love III comes even close today, with three wins in the competition. The 1965 tournament proved to be Snead's last PGA Tour win at the age of 52, making him the oldest winner.

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