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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.

Wells Fargo Championship
Wells Fargo Championship logo.png
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
Aggregate267 Rory McIlroy (2015)
To par−21 as above
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

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.

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SponsorshipEdit

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 hostsEdit

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

Course layoutEdit

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

WinnersEdit

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

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

ReferencesEdit

  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

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