The tournament replaces the usual annual PGA tour event at Quail Hollow Club, the Wells Fargo Championship, which was played back in May of this year on the North Carolina coast in Wilmington.
And don’t get me wrong; Charlotteans love hosting The Wells Fargo too. The golf community in Charlotte is attracting businesses like TopGolf to invest in new facilities attracting an audience of young professionals as recently as this summer.
The Wells Fargo Championship has made its dent in history for many of today’s top golfers, even in it’s brief 14-year span. Legends like Vijay Singh winning in 2005, or Tiger Woods in 2007, (also worth mentioning that Woods was the only person to ever win back-to-back PGA Championships). However, Woods is out this year.
Rory McIlroy has had repeated success on the Queen City course, winning in 2010 and 2015. This includes shattering the all-time course record by five strokes at the 2015 Wells Fargo, a record that stands today.
But now, the PGA Championship gets to write its history on Quail Hollow.
For the 99th time, Rodman Wanamaker’s dream becomes reality; and this time, the winner takes home a cool $10 million prize.
While the players don't tee off until Wednesday, the fan experience is well underway. Quail Hollow's 43,000 square-foot pro shop held its grand opening on Saturday.