August 14, 2022

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Duke alum, Sedgefield member Alex Smalley proves he belongs at Wyndham

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Duke alum, Sedgefield member Alex Smalley proves he belongs at Wyndham

GREENSBORO — Alex Smalley estimates he has played as many as 75 rounds of golf at Sedgefield Country Club since becoming a member 14 months ago.

But with the Wyndham Championship having descended and the tournament in full swing, the course never has looked or sounded like this to the new Greensboro resident and former Duke standout.

The changeover here from a casual round to a PGA Tour venue has proven to be a challenging contrast.

“Keeping my nerves under control has been the toughest part,” he said. “I don’t play in front of a whole lot of people all the time. Obviously the course looks a little different with all the grandstands than it usually does, so it’s just getting comfortable with that side of things and I think I figured out how to do that over the few tournaments that I have been able to play.”

Duke alum, Sedgefield member Alex Smalley proves he belongs at Wyndham

Even with the 2-over-par 72 he carded during Saturday’s third round that dropped him to 6-under for the tournament, nine shots behind leader Russell Henley, the 24-year-old Smalley has gone about proving he belongs on golf’s biggest stage, just as tournament director Mark Brazil predicted before the Wyndham began.

Smalley started the week having experienced only a handful of PGA Tour events. He fired off a 64 during Friday’s second round that lifted him to 8-under through 36 holes, and put him in position to perhaps pose a threat on the weekend, then at six strokes shy of Henley’s leading pace entering Saturday.