Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan.
For Chad Cox of Charlotte, N.C., and Byron Meth of San Diego, the possibility of adding their names to this list of notable Wyndham Cup participants is becoming more of a reality with each tournament played.
Heading into the FJ Invitational, Meth and Cox were both No. 18 on the Priority List and had work to do to make the Wyndham Cup teams, which will be finalized in less than a month.
“I have this tournament and Rolex Tournament of Champions to try to get on the team, and I really want to make the top eight,” Meth said.
Aside from the honor of playing in such a prestigious event, both players said they think participating would help them as they play at the next level.
“It’d be really fun to go out there and have fun in a tournament and not worry about, in this case making a cut, and to not be worrying about yourself but to worry about your team,” said Cox, who has verbally committed to NC State. “It gets you prepared for college golf.”
Meth, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at the University of the Pacific in the fall, echoed Cox’s sentiment.
“It’s a whole different vibe in the tournament because you’re rooting for one another, instead of a tournament like this where you want other guys to do well but you really want to do better yourself,” Meth said. “It’d be nice preparation going into college.”
Heading into the final round of the FJ Invitational at Sedgefield Country Club, Meth and Cox find themselves tied for second, six shots off the lead. With a PGA TOUR exemption on the line, Friday’s final round could pay even bigger dividends for these two Wyndham Cup hopefuls.
By Ben Marshall, AJGA Communications