Wells Fargo Championship

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Wells Fargo Championship
Wells Fargo Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationCharlotte, North Carolina
Wilmington (2017)
Established2003, eighteen years ago
Course(s)Quail Hollow Club
Par71
Length7,600 yards (6,949 m)[1]
Organized byChampions for Education
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$8,100,000
Month playedMay
Tournament record score
Aggregate267 Rory McIlroy (2015)
To par−21 as above
Current champion
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
Location Map
Quail Hollow Club is located in the United States
Quail Hollow Club
Quail Hollow Club
Location in the United States
Quail Hollow Club is located in North Carolina
Quail Hollow Club
Quail Hollow Club
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 has 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] On April 30, 2019, a five-year extension was announced, and Wells Fargo's sponsorship of the tournament currently runs through 2024.

Tournament hosts[edit]

Years No. Venue City State
2003–2016, 2018–2021 15 Quail Hollow Club Charlotte North Carolina
2017 1 Eagle Point Golf Club Wilmington

Future venues[edit]

With Quail Hollow Club hosting the Presidents Cup in 2022, that year's Wells Fargo Championship will be held in Maryland at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, outside Washington, D.C.[7]

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 Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Wells Fargo Championship
2021 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (3) 274 −10 1 stroke Mexico Abraham Ancer 8,100,000 1,458,000
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[8]
2019 United States Max Homa 269 −15 3 strokes United States Joel Dahmen 7,900,000 1,422,000
2018 Australia Jason Day 272 −12 2 strokes United States Nick Watney
United States Aaron Wise
7,700,000 1,386,000
2017 United States Brian Harman 278 −10 1 stroke United States Dustin Johnson
United States Pat Perez
7,500,000 1,350,000
2016 United States James Hahn 279 −9 Playoff United States Roberto Castro 7,300,000 1,314,000
2015 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (2) 267 −21 7 strokes United States Patrick Rodgers
United States Webb Simpson
7,100,000 1,278,000
2014 United States J. B. Holmes 274 −14 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk 6,900,000 1,242,000
2013 United States Derek Ernst 280 −8 Playoff England David Lynn 6,700,000 1,206,000
2012 United States Rickie Fowler 274 −14 Playoff Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
United States D. A. Points
6,500,000 1,170,000
2011 United States Lucas Glover 273 −15 Playoff United States Jonathan Byrd 6,500,000 1,170,000
Quail Hollow Championship
2010 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 273 −15 4 strokes United States Phil Mickelson 6,500,000 1,170,000
2009 United States Sean O'Hair 277 −11 1 stroke United States Lucas Glover
United States Bubba Watson
6,500,000 1,170,000
Wachovia Championship
2008 United States Anthony Kim 272 −16 5 strokes United States Ben Curtis 6,400,000 1,152,000
2007 United States Tiger Woods 275 −13 2 strokes United States Steve Stricker 6,300,000 1,134,000
2006 United States Jim Furyk 276 −12 Playoff South Africa Trevor Immelman 6,300,000 1,134,000
2005 Fiji Vijay Singh 276 −12 Playoff United States Jim Furyk
Spain Sergio García
6,000,000 1,080,000
2004 United States Joey Sindelar 277 −11 Playoff United States Arron Oberholser 5,600,000 1,008,000
2003 United States David Toms 278 −10 2 strokes United States Robert Gamez 5,600,000 1,008,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Sources[9]

Multiple winners[edit]

3 wins

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. ^ Lavner, Ryan (8 July 2020). "Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow pushed back to 2022". Golf Channel. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  8. ^ "PGA Tour statement regarding additional tournament cancellations". PGA Tour. March 17, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  9. ^ 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