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Questions abound over Quail Hollow’s PGA Tour commitment after 2014

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Quail Hollow is living on cloud nine at the moment. The course, which will be hosting the Quail Hollow Championship later this week (did you know it was sponsored by Wells Fargo?), has enjoyed amazing success since becoming a staple of the PGA Tour schedule.

Sports Illustrated golf writer, Alan Shipnuck, went so far as to proclaim the tournament the “fifth major” earlier today, a title that used to go to the Players Championship.

With a $6.5 million purse and a field that boasts Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and a host of other big name players, it’s easy to see why the Charlotte-based event is such a massive draw each year.

While the event has been a huge success, there is talk that Quail Hollow’s membership isn’t 100 percent behind the tournament. The Charlotte Business Journal did an intriguing Q&A with Quail Hollow Club President Johnny Harris, the man behind bringing golf back to the Charlotte area.

Harris understands the draw of playing the tournament at his club; but he also made it clear that tournament committee at the club will exhaust all option before they renew their contract with the PGA Tour after 2014.

Could the course, not the sponsor, walk away from a successful tour stop? Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

04/27/2010 at 4:03 pm

R&A’s Peter Dawson to Tiger Woods: There’s nowhere to hide at the British Open

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The R&A’s big announcement on Tuesday was supposed to be the unveiling of some major changes to the 17th hole, also known as the Road Hole, at St. Andrews’ famed Old Course. But you wouldn’t have known it from comments coming from R&A’s chief executive, Peter Dawson.

Just like Billy Payne did during his Masters press conference, Dawson made it a point to discuss Tiger Woods, pre- and post-scandal, as well as the security measures that will be put into place when Woods makes his way to the Old Course for this year’s British Open.

As opposed to August National’s ultra-tight security, Dawson will forgo the same route and keep the tournament as-is. What does that mean? It means Dawson is fine with people saying whatever “they like” to the game’s number one player. This should be fun. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/27/2010 at 12:01 pm