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Is the PGA Tour about to lose Quail Hollow as a tour site?

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Quail Hollow’s run as one of the PGA Tour’s premiere tour stops could be coming to a close in the near future. The Charlotte, NC, course, currently under contract to host the Well Fargo tour event until 2014, could be pulling rank after their contract runs out.

Charlotte Observer golf writer Ron Green Jr. grabbed the scoop earlier today that Quail Hollow is being lined up to host the 2017 PGA Championship. While club president Johnny Harris wouldn’t confirm the announcement, he did anything but deny it, telling the Observer that, “It’s not appropriate for me to comment until after the announcement on Tuesday.”

Assuming Quail Hollow does host the PGA Championship in 2017, it would be the course’s first step towards separating itself from its year-to-year duties as a tour stop. Back in April, Harris gave telling interview to the Charlotte Business Journal (covered on FTR), detailing some of the plans he had in store for the course. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

08/30/2010 at 4:26 pm

Well Fargo returns from the shadows, puts name on Charlotte tour event

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Four months. That’s all the time it took Wells Fargo to decide that their name and brand was better off being attached to the Quail Hollow tour event, as opposed to being the silent backer of a tournament that some professionals have deemed the game’s “fifth major.”

The Associated Press reported that Wells Fargo will forgo putting Quail Hollow’s name on the event next year, opting to go with the Wells Fargo Championship in 2011.

To be honest, the name change makes a lot of sense. While the economy is still in a state of flux, the negative sentiment towards financial institutions backing golf tournaments has subsided. I’d assume that played a major role in the bank’s decision to return to a more prominent role with the event — especially since they’re picking up Wachovia’s tab.

Written by Jonathan Wall

08/04/2010 at 10:43 am

Youth “Rors” at Quail Hollow; McIlroy’s 62 caps fantastic week for golf

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For all the talk of golf needing Tiger Woods to survive and thrive, a couple final rounds in Charlotte and Nagoya, Japan, may have given fans a preview of what golf could be like without the game’s greatest player. And if Sunday was in fact the preview of things to come, it’s safe to say the game is in really good hands.

After 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa went out and fired a final round 12-under 58 to capture the Crowns Tournament in Japan, 20-year-old Rory McIlroy did his best to one-up the Japanese sensation with a final round 10-under 62 that had the entire PGA Tour buzzing on Sunday afternoon.

If you want an example of how great McIlroy’s performance was in relation to Ishikawa’s, imagine Magic Johnson going for 60 points, 20 rebounds and 30 assists in a game, only to watch Larry Bird go for 70/30/40 later that night. It was that kind of day. McIlroy not only tied Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the youngest ever winner on the PGA Tour, he did it in dramatic fashion against one of the deepest fields of the year.
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Written by Jonathan Wall

05/02/2010 at 7:07 pm

Maybe Phil Mickelson should get sick before every tournament

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Phil Mickelson loves being sick. Seriously, the guy thrives off having a bad head cold and nausea, knowing full well he has to play golf the following day.

Don’t believe me? Mickelson won the in 2001 at Torrey Pines and at Doral last year after fighting the flu before and during the aforementioned tournaments. There’s something about coughing and vomiting that brings out the best game in Lefty.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Mickelson’s name near the top of the leader board this week after hearing of the 48-hour bug he’d been dealing with that supposedly left him dehydrated and in need of an IV prior to Thursday first round.

“The last two times I’ve fainted and woken up in a pool of vomit, I’ve won,” Mickelson said after Thursday’s first round. “Laying there on the floor wondering where I am, a good omen came over me.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/30/2010 at 4:31 pm

Poor ball striking dooms Tiger Woods in opening round at Quail Hollow

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The saying “drive for show, putt for dough” is something every golfer has heard at one time or another while playing the game. While the saying is almost always true, there is something to be said for being able to hit the ball straight and keep it in play.

It really doesn’t matter how good you’re putting if you can’t reach the green in regulation. Tiger Woods found that out the hard way on Thursday, posting an opening round 2-over 74 that included knocking two balls into the drink on 17 and 18 (his 8th and 9th holes of the day).

Woods’ putting wasn’t the problem during his round (he currently ranks T30 with 1.667 putts per round); it was his accuracy that doomed him during an up-and-down round that had the world number one shaking his head when he was finished. Woods commented that he had no idea which way the ball was going for most of the day. You know that’s never a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/29/2010 at 2:18 pm

Tiger Woods avoids near run-in with boo birds at Quail Hollow

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Tiger Woods’ Tuesday practice round dominated the headlines at Quail Hollow earlier today. But all that could have changed if Tiger had decided to screw some autograph seekers after his morning round.

PGATour.com’s Brian Wacker was on hand for the practice round. As Woods walked towards the locker room after his round, he momentarily forgot (I say this because we all know the new Tiger would never pass on signing after his round … right?) to stop and scribble his name on a couple of golf flags.

That’s when things appeared to take a turn for the worst. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/28/2010 at 4:49 pm

Anthony Kim and his injured thumb are nearing an inevitable impasse

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Quail Hollow holds a special place in Anthony Kim’s heart. Besides being the first PGA Tour event Kim ever won, the victory was even sweeter because of the field he had to hold off to win the event. Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Fred Couples; they were all there to witness Kim lap the field and win by five shots in 2008.

So when A.K. pulled up a chair inside the press tent on Tuesday prior to the first round, many would have figured his recent form in Houston and Augusta, or possibly his win in 2008, would have been the topic of the day. Far from it.

Instead, Kim spent almost 80 percent of the time talking about one of the hottest topics on tour at the moment: his injured left thumb. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/28/2010 at 4:09 pm