CHARLOTTE – Another star-studded field will tee it up at the Wells Fargo Championship on May 2 to 5 at Quail Hollow Club. Practice rounds and two pro-am tournaments begin April 29 and run through May 1.
2019 Masters champion Tiger Woods has not yet committed, but the winner of 15 major championships is expected to be in the field. On April 22, two national golf publications predicted Woods would play in Charlotte as the tournament falls two weeks before the PGA Championship. Woods has never played in an event a week before a major and he last played in the Masters, opting not to play in last week’s tour stop in Hilton Head or this week’s stop in New Orleans.
Justin Rose, the No.2 ranked player in the world and the 2018 FedEx Cup Champion along with last year’s Masters winner Patrick Reed both committed to play.
Rose is a winner of nine PGA Tour titles, including the 2013 U.S. Open, and he won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Reed is ranked No. 19 in the world and has won six times on the PGA Tour.
Former Wells Fargo champion Rickie Fowler also recently committed to play. He joins former Wells Fargo champions Jason Day, J.B. Holmes, Lucas Glover and Rory McIlroy in the field. Fowler is currently the No. 10 ranked player in the world, and he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this season. Fowler’s first of five PGA Tour wins came at the Wells Fargo in 2012, when he defeated McIlroy and D.A. Points in a playoff.
As of April 23, there were 10 players among the top 25 in the world rankings scheduled to compete at Quail Hollow Club, including No. 2 Rose, No. 4 McIlroy, No. 5 Justin Thomas, No. 10 Fowler, No. 12 Paul Casey, No. 13 Jason Day, No. 19 Reed, No. 20 Webb Simpson, No. 23 Phil Mickelson and No. 24 Gary Woodland.
Mickelson, a World Golf Hall of Fame member and winner of 44 career PGA Tour titles, will be competing in his 16th-consecutive Wells Fargo Championship. The five-time major championship winner holds the tournament record for the most top 10 finishes with 10. These include a third-place finish in both 2007 and 2013, a runner-up finish in 2010 and back-to-back fourth-place finishes in 2015 and 2016.
“Phil is not only a fan-favorite around the world, he certainly is here in Charlotte,” Wells Fargo Championship Tournament Director Gary Sobba said. “His support of the Wells Fargo Championship since 2014 has been outstanding and much appreciated.”
McIlroy, who has won four major championships and 24 career titles worldwide, will return to Quail Hollow Club, where he holds 11 tournament scoring records, including the honor of being the Wells Fargo Championship’s only two-time champion. McIlroy earned his 15th PGA Tour victory last month at The Players Championship and has recorded seven top 10 finishes this season.
Simpson, who is coming off a strong showing at the Masters in early April, is one of several Charlotte residents expected to play. Seamus Power, Mackenzie Hughes and Johnson Wagner also call Charlotte home.
Gastonia native Harold Varner III is also expected to compete after finishing 55th in 2018. Varner, who is currently ranked 70th in the FedEx Cup standings and has recorded two top-10 finishes this season, said hitting fairways is the key to success at Quail Hollow.
“I think you have to drive it well,” Varner said. “I think that sets up everything because as soon as you get in the rough trying to hit it into these greens, it’s just no good.”
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