With the second main of 2021 simply two weeks away, the PGA Tour has travelled to Charlotte in North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship.
Six of the world’s top-10 will tee-up at Quail Hollow which is mostly thought-about to be one in every of America’s most revered match venues.
This highly-regarded parkland course opened for enterprise on June third, 1961, since when it has hosted one main match, plus 27 common Tour occasions.
For 11 straight seasons from 1969, Quail Hollow hosted the Kemper Open, with the course returning to the PGA Tour calendar in May 2003 – following an absence of 24 years.
Famed architect Tom Fazio has been concerned in quite a lot of Quail renovations, most just lately in 2016.
This newest improve ready the course for the 2017 PGA Championship which was received by Justin Thomas who performs this week.
However, the most important structural change occurred eight years in the past, when all 18 placing surfaces have been modified from Bentgrass to Bermuda forward of the Wells Fargo occasion in 2014.
Quail Hollow, which was constructed 600 toes above sea degree and 6 miles south of Charlotte metropolis centre, will stage the Presidents Cup match of 2022.
This testing tree-lined format has water in play on six holes, most of those late within the spherical.
Although Quail has usually favoured the larger hitters, good course administration stays an vital attribute at a venue which has loads of sand.
Since the greens have been switched to Bermuda, the placing stats for the Wells Fargo match have been vital.
In 2014, match winner JB Holmes was second for Putting (GiR), whereas third positioned Martin Flores topped the desk.
The following yr champion Rory McIlroy was second within the listing, whereas the 2016 Putting (GiR) class was headed by Roberto Castro who misplaced in a play-off. That yr’s winner James Hahn was fifth within the placing stats.
And within the two most up-to-date Wells Fargo occasions, in 2018 and 2019, the placing tables have been topped by match winners Jason Day and Max Homa respectively.
Last yr’s occasion was cancelled attributable to Covid and, in 2017, Quail Hollow staged the PGA Championship in August.
There are loads of golfers who will arrive in Charlotte with a robust course historical past, none extra so than McIlroy.
Turning 32 on Tuesday, McIlroy is a two-time winner of this occasion. He’s additionally posted 5 different top-10s right here.
Without a victory since November 2019, the Northern Irishman can be hoping that Quail Hollow reignites that confidence so missing in current months.
Rickie Fowler, one other former Quail champion, is in the identical boat as Rory, though his star has dimmed much more, with the 32-year-old now a lowly 116 within the World Ranking – his lowest place since February 2010.
New father Jon Rahm chases a fifth straight top-10 end this yr, whereas Viktor Hovland continues to impress.
The Norwegian compiled one other podium end on the weekend and is as much as a career-high eleventh within the Ranking.
In Florida, Hovland closed with a best-of-day 65 and can be hoping to comply with within the footsteps of McIlroy whose first victory at this match 11 years in the past got here on his Quail Hollow debut.
Meanwhile, at Copperhead final week, Canadian Corey Connors produced one other strong efficiency, making it six T-25s from his final seven outings.
And defending champion from 2019 Max Homa will return to Quail in first rate form, though the 30-year-old will really feel just a little disillusioned by his closing 74 at Copperhead on Sunday which left him in a tie-for-sixth.
Homa’s different PGA Tour title got here earlier this yr at one other highly-technical course, Riviera.
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