Charlotte to host 2017 PGA Championship

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Phil Mickelson hits from a trap on the 15th green during the first round of the Quail Hollow Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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by NewsChannel 36 and the Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 31 at 12:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- It's official. The Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte will host the PGA Championship in August 2017.

Gov. Beverly Perdue, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and club president Johnny Harris were on hand for the announcement, which was made Tuesday morning.

"It is with great pleasure that we bring the PGA Championship back to North Carolina, and to make our first visit to Quail Hollow Club, a venue and a community that has demonstrated its skill in hosting premier golf," said PGA of America President Jim Remy.

Since Quail Hollow Club returned to the PGA Tour in 2003, big-name golfers from Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson have said the Charlotte course could be the site for a major championship.

Quail Hollow's difficult but fair old-style layout has drawn one of the top non-major fields of the year. Tiger Woods, who won there in 2007, chose Charlotte as his first non-major tournament after he missed much of the beginning of this season when his extramarital affairs were exposed.

While Woods missed the cut, he said a year earlier that Quail Hollow would be a good spot for a U.S. Open or PGA Championship.

"You add rough, make it a par-70 and there you go," he said.

Added Geoff Ogilvy during last May's event: "It's a course that feels a step above, challenge-wise. ... I think if we all turned up here and had a U.S. Open or PGA (Championship), it would feel like a normal U.S. Open or a PGA. It does feel like a major kind of place."

Quail Hollow's first major will be part of a busy time for the Carolinas hosting golf's biggest events. The 2012 PGA Championship will be at Kiawah Island, S.C. In 2014 Pinehurst, N.C.'s famed No. 2 course will host the men's and women's U.S. Opens in consecutive weeks.

Harris said in May he was interested in Quail Hollow hosting a big event, whether it was a PGA Championship or Ryder Cup. PGA officials have made numerous trips to the course as they decided on the tournament in 2017, the earliest year in which the course hadn't been picked.

Quail Hollow will have a slightly different look because the calendar year's last major is in August.

The warm, late-summer date will mean the course will be entirely played on Bermuda grass. The May PGA Tour event is played on overseeded rye. That would mean what's now called the Wells Fargo Championship continues past the bank's title sponsor deal of 2014, it likely wouldn't be held at Quail Hollow in 2017 so officials can prepare for the PGA.

The course will also likely make other changes -- some in response to Mickelson's criticism earlier this year. While he's said the course is major-worthy, Mickelson was critical of the 12th and 18th greens. Harris has said he would consider tweaks to both.

Getting picked for the PGA Championship is a coup for the private club and the city of Charlotte, a banking city hit hard by the financial crisis. It's expected to bring in thousands of visitors and pump millions of dollars into the economy.

Next year's PGA Championship will be held at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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