The PGA Tour will return to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC for the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship. Quail Hollow has hosted 15 of the tournament’s 16 events with the exception being the 2017 tournament held at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, NC.
This year’s field features passed champions like Rory McIlroy (2010 & 2015), Rickie Fowler (2012), and defending champion Jason Day (2018).
I will be keeping an eye on a few local golfers. North Carolina is no stranger to professional golfers, and some players know this course, or at least this area very well.
For example, Webb Simpson was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and went on to play collegiately for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Simpson finished T21 last year with his best round (69, -2) coming on Sunday.
Some sleepers that I like this week are Chesson Hadley and Kyle Stanley. Hadley is also a product of the Raleigh, NC area before he went on to play at Georgia Tech. Hadley finished T16 last year with an impressive 5-under, 66 in his third round. Stanley may not have been born in North Carolina, he actually hails from the state of Washington, but he did attend Clemson University in South Carolina and finished T13 in 2018. Stanley got off to a strong start last year with an opening round 67 (-4) to set the tone, he just couldn’t keep the momentum rolling through Sunday.
The course will play as a par 71 throughout the tournament. It’s listed at just over 7,500 yards. They added some distance after Rory McIlroy fired a (-21) for the tournament in 2015. Jason Day (-12) beat the rest of the field by two strokes last year, and that’s probably the number golfers will be looking for. Anyone that can reach (-10) for the tournament should be in contention to win.
The players will begin the opening round at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The Golf Channel will provide coverage of Thursday and Friday’s rounds beginning at 4:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. The Golf Channel will resume coverage on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. before CBS takes over at 3:00 p.m. Sunday will feature the same format with CBS taking you all the way up to the 72nd hole and the crowning of the 2019 champion.