TUESDAY  | MAY 1, 2018
by Mike Purkey

It’s not often that the site of a regular PGA Tour event is worthy enough to host a major championship. Torrey Pines, Riviera and Congressional come to mind. The newest member of that group is Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, at which the PGA Championship was contested last August.

Quail Hollow is back as the venue for the Wells Fargo Championship, which it has been since 2003, except last year, when the event was held at Eagle Point in Wilmington, N.C. The Wells Fargo is in its usual spot in May, the week before the Players Championship, which means it’s the unofficial kickoff to summer major season.

 



It would be your loss, PGA Tour

I wonder about PGA Tour sponsorships when a city the size of Houston can’t maintain a golf tournament (“Nothing lasts forever on PGA Tour,” April 27). When your sponsorship has a price tag that a company the size of Shell can’t hold on, you might have a problem.

It’s true that Houston was dealt a severe blow last year by Hurricane Harvey. Our hometown companies and their employees are still dealing with gutted homes and places of business. Dollars that could have gone for golf sponsorship wisely have been used in other areas to alleviate real pain and suffering.

 


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Number of times that Rory McIlroy has won the Wells Fargo Championship, which returns to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., this week after a one-year absence because the club hosted the 2017 PGA Championship. McIlroy, who is No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is among six of the world’s top 10 entered. However, No. 93 might get more attention than most other players. Tiger Woods returns to competition for the first time since his T-32 finish in the Masters.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Seven Dreamers’ driver shaft was used by a member of the third-place team at the PGA Tour’s recent Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The Tokyo-made shafts are made of aerospace-quality carbon fiber.

 

The Country Club of Bristol (Tenn.) has retained Kova Golf Management to oversee the semi-private club. The club includes an 18-hole course designed by Tennessee architect A.G. McKay in 1958 and renovated by Mark McCumber in 1999.

 

For the third consecutive year, Ahead will provide licensed Kentucky Derby merchandise for the annual Run for the Rose on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The gear will include headwear, accessories and apparel at the 144th annual event.

 

Mission Inn Resort announced a getaway package that includes unlimited golf at the 36-hole site in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The packages, which are available from June 16 through Sept. 14, start at $226 per person and include play on the El Campeon and Las Colinas courses.

 

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co. introduced the Fort Worth Black Irons. The product line was developed as an extension to the company’s Fort Worth Irons.

 


CALENDAR
April 28 - May 2
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

El Caballero CC, Tarzana, Calif.

May 3-6
LPGA: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic

The Colony, Texas

PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.

May 4-6
Symetra Tour: IOA Invitational

Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.

Champions: Insperity Invitational

The Woodlands (Texas) CC

May 5-6
European Tour: GolfSixes

Centurion Club, St. Albans, England


      
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