Wells Fargo Championship

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Wells Fargo Championship
Wells Fargo Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationCharlotte, North Carolina
Wilmington (2017)
Established2003, sixteen years ago
Course(s)Quail Hollow Club
Eagle Point Golf Club (2017)
Par71
Length7,600 yards (6,949 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7.9 million
Month playedMay
Tournament record score
Aggregate267 Rory McIlroy (2015)
To par−21 as above
Current champion
United States Max Homa
Charlotte is located in the United States
Charlotte
Charlotte
Location in the United States
Charlotte is located in North Carolina
Charlotte
Charlotte
Location in North Carolina

The Wells Fargo Championship is a professional golf tournament in North Carolina on the PGA Tour.[2] Held in early May at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, it has attracted some of the top players on the tour. It debuted in 2003 as the Wachovia Championship and was known in 2009 and 2010 as the Quail Hollow Championship. In 2017, the tournament offered a $7.5 million purse with a winner's share of $1.35 million.

From 2004–06 and 2011–13, the tournament ended in a playoff. Additionally, the event is known to have one of the tougher finishes on tour with 16, 17, and 18, commonly known as the "Green Mile," often ranked among the PGA Tour's toughest holes. The majority of the charitable proceeds from the tournament benefit Teach for America. The tournament is organized by Champions for Education, Inc.[3]

In 2017, the tournament was held on the coast in Wilmington at Eagle Point Golf Club, as Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in mid-August.[4] Wilmington hosted the Azalea Open on tour in the 1950s and 1960s at the Donald Ross-designed Cape Fear Country Club; it was a tune-up event for The Masters through 1965,[5] part of the city's Azalea Festival.

Sponsorship[edit]

The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo, which purchased Wachovia in 2008. In 2009, Wells Fargo dropped the Wachovia name from the tournament for marketing purposes as they intended to stop using the Wachovia name for all purposes. In addition, Wells Fargo was concerned about the image of a bank sponsoring a sporting event that had received Federal funding under the Troubled Assets Relief Program.[6] Wells Fargo's sponsorship of the tournament runs through 2024 after it was announced on April 30, 2019 that a five-year extension to the agreement had been reached.

Tournament hosts[edit]

Years No. Venue City State
2003–2016, 2018–2019 15 Quail Hollow Club Charlotte North Carolina
2017 1 Eagle Point Golf Club Wilmington

Course layout[edit]

Hole Yards Par    Hole Yards Par
1 524 4 10 592 5
2 452 4 11 462 4
3 483 4 12 456 4
4 184 3 13 208 3
5 449 4 14 344 4
6 249 3 15 577 5
7 546 5 16 506 4
8 346 4 17 223 3
9 505 4 18 494 4
Out 3,738 35 In 3,862 36
Source:[1] Total 7,600 71

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Wells Fargo Championship
2019 Max Homa  United States 269 −15 3 strokes United States Joel Dahmen 7,900,000 1,422,000
2018 Jason Day  Australia 272 −12 2 strokes United States Nick Watney
United States Aaron Wise
7,700,000 1,386,000
2017 Brian Harman  United States 278 −10 1 stroke United States Dustin Johnson
United States Pat Perez
7,500,000 1,350,000
2016 James Hahn  United States 279 −9 Playoff United States Roberto Castro 7,300,000 1,314,000
2015 Rory McIlroy (2)  Northern Ireland 267 −21 7 strokes United States Patrick Rodgers
United States Webb Simpson
7,100,000 1,278,000
2014 J. B. Holmes  United States 274 −14 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk 6,900,000 1,242,000
2013 Derek Ernst  United States 280 −8 Playoff England David Lynn 6,700,000 1,206,000
2012 Rickie Fowler  United States 274 −14 Playoff Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
United States D. A. Points
6,500,000 1,170,000
2011 Lucas Glover  United States 273 −15 Playoff United States Jonathan Byrd 6,500,000 1,170,000
Quail Hollow Championship
2010 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 273 −15 4 strokes United States Phil Mickelson 6,500,000 1,170,000
2009 Sean O'Hair  United States 277 −11 1 stroke United States Lucas Glover
United States Bubba Watson
6,500,000 1,170,000
Wachovia Championship
2008 Anthony Kim  United States 272 −16 5 strokes United States Ben Curtis 6,400,000 1,152,000
2007 Tiger Woods  United States 275 −13 2 strokes United States Steve Stricker 6,300,000 1,134,000
2006 Jim Furyk  United States 276 −12 Playoff South Africa Trevor Immelman 6,300,000 1,134,000
2005 Vijay Singh  Fiji 276 −12 Playoff United States Jim Furyk
Spain Sergio García
6,000,000 1,080,000
2004 Joey Sindelar  United States 277 −11 Playoff United States Arron Oberholser 5,600,000 1,008,000
2003 David Toms  United States 278 −10 2 strokes United States Robert Gamez 5,600,000 1,008,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Sources[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wells Fargo Championship". ESPN. (Leaderboard & statistics). May 6, 2018. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "New name for Quail Hollow: Wells Fargo Championship". PGA Tour. August 3, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  3. ^ Champions for Education
  4. ^ Ross, Helen (June 27, 2016). "Changes in store for upcoming PGA Tour season". PGA Tour.
  5. ^ Blondin, Alan (May 4, 2017). "Wilmington used to be home to star-studded PGA Tour event". PGA of America. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Event in Charlotte renamed Quail Hollow Championship". PGA Tour. February 27, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  7. ^ Wells Fargo Championship – Winners – at www.pgatour.com

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°06′59″N 80°50′33″W / 35.1164°N 80.8425°W / 35.1164; -80.8425