It pays to play early at the Wyndham Championship

GREENSBORO -- Even an hour before noon, the weather wasn't typical of Greensboro in August: 77 degrees, a decent breeze and no humidity to speak of, really.

That probably explains the two things that Brandt Snedeker (whose only win as a pro came here), Arjun Atwal, Kevin Streelman, Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Boo Weekley and Tim Herron all have in common: they're all at the top of the leaderboard at the Wyndham Championship, and they teed off before 9 am EST.

There were exceptions to the rule, of course -- Justin Leonard (right) started his round just before 1 PM and he tossed up a 63, the best round of the day. (Although the other two members of his star-studded group -- and arguably the tournament's biggest draws -- didn't fare so well: Fred Couples and Anthony Kim both missed the cut, finishing at two-over through two rounds.) John Rollins had an afternoon tee time as well, and he still managed to follow up Thursday's 64 with an equally impressive 65 on Friday.

Arguably the biggest story of the day, though, was Drew Weaver, a High Point native who used his local fame to "pink out" parts of the Wyndham. Weaver went one-under on the front nine, but back-to-back bogeys on the 12 and 13th holes threatened to send him home early. A monster birdie on 15 brought him back to "projected last man standing" status and a pair of pars to close out kept the former Hokie in the running with the cutline sitting at three-under.

(Unless, that is, you count 16-year-old amateur Tanner Kesterson flying the green on the 9th, hitting someone in the dome and then needing about 30 patrons to help him and staff look for the ball. That was nearly as awesome as the ovation that the crowd gave the youngster when he buried his long bogey putt a few minutes later.)

Obviously, the Wyndham plays a huge role in helping players make jumps into the FedEx Cup -- last year, Jeff Maggert, Kevin Stadler, Chris Riley, Todd Hamilton and David Mathis all used their individual performances in Greensboro to sneak into the playoffs.

Chris Stroud, Stadler, and David Duval all hurt their projected FEC standings when they missed the cut. (Tiger Woods, by the way, also fell five projected spots based on the early action of the tournament.)

This year figures to be no different: three names to watch heading into the weekend are Chris DiMarco, Trevor Immelman and Jay Williamson, all of whom made the cut and figure to make a run at the "extra" portion of the PGA's season.

Of course, along with the rest of the field, they'll have to withstand what promises to be more traditional (and tougher) weekend weather during the final two rounds of the Wyndham.

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