Previewing the Wells Fargo Championship

This week’s stop on the PGA Tour is Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The George Cobb designed course was renovated by Tom Fazio in the later part of the 1990s and has seen several changes since the PGA Tour made its annual stop last year. The 12th green has been completely rebuilt and ten other holes on the course have had their yardage changed, making the course now play at a distance of 7,492 yards. In the last two weeks, the greens at holes eight and ten had to be re-sodded to fix issues with the growing of the grass.

More changes will be made after this weekend’s event too. Once the PGA packs up and heads to Jacksonville, the course will tear up all 18 greens and replace the bent grass with bermuda grass. That’s after the tournament though. This week, the PGA Tours top golfers will descend to a course that features some of the toughest fairways to hit on the tour.  Here is a look at some of the local pros competing this weekend, including the top two finishers in last year’s Wells Fargo Championship.


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Rickie Fowler came into Quail Hollow without a win yet on the PGA Tour. After beating Rory Mcllroy and D.A. Points in a playoff, the Loxahatchee River resident came away with his first ever win on tour. It wasn’t the first time Fowler has had success on this course either. Before his win last year, Fowler finished no worse than 15th at Quail Hollow in his other two appearances. This year Fowler already has three top 10 finishes, including a third place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Fowler and Mcllroy share something in common with this event. Not only did they both compete in last year’s playoffs, but Quail Hollow was the site of both of their first victory’s on tour. Mcllroy’s maiden tour victory came here in 2010, where he shot a course record 62 and hasn’t really looked back since. After the victory in 2010 he went on to finish the 2010 season with five top-10s. The Palm Beach Gardens resident missed the cut at Quail Hollow in 2011 but won his first major two weeks later, winning the U.S. Open with a record score of -16.

Old Palm resident Lee Westwood has also seen some success recently at Quail Hollow. At last year’s Wells Fargo Championship, Westwood finished in a tie for fifth in what was his fourth appearance at the event. This year, Westwood has two top 10 finishes in his last two starts, including an eighth place finish at the Masters. He will look to go for three straight top 10s this wekend at Quail Hollow.

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