If you liked the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship, just wait for the 2017 PGA Championship.
In the 4 days of the Wells Fargo Championship, no fan could have walked away from Quail Hollow disappointed.
If you wanted to see the stars of the PGA Tour perform at a high level, guys like Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, and Rickie Fowler all had their moments as they all had top 20 finishes.
If you wanted to see a great finish, James Hahn and Roberto Castro went to a playoff hole before Hahn ultimately claimed victory.
The tournament will be played in Wilmington next year as Quail Hollow gets ready to host the 2017 PGA Championship.
Yes, Charlotte will truly be the center of the golfing world in August of 2017. Why? ALL of the BEST golfers in the world will be in the Queen City trying to win the last major of the year.
For this year's Wells Fargo Championship, 5 of the top 10 golfers participated and 8 of the top 15 were here in the Queen City. Next year, 10 of the top 10 and 15 of the top 15 will be here unless they are injured. So for those who wanted to see Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, or Dustin Johnson at this year's Wells Fargo-- guess what? They will be here in Charlotte next summer.
And when they get here, they will see a slightly different course.
#1 will be lengthened as the new green will be where #2 currently sits. Hole #2 will go away.
With the loss of that hole, the current #5 will be converted into 2 new holes. The new #4 will be a par 3 and the new #5 will be a par 4.
On the back side, #11 will have a new bunker down the left side of the fairway and the green will be shifted back and left.
With the new layout, par will go from 72 to 71 for the pros.
After Rory McIlroy turned Quail Hollow into his personal playground in 2015 setting numerous records including the course record of 61, Quail Hollow showed its toughness in 2016 especially on the weekend. On Saturday, only 5 of 78 golfers played a round in the 60s. In rounds 2, 3, and 4, no golfer walked away with a bogey free round.
Let's make things even tougher with some thicker rough that a major championship brings and Quail Hollow will TRULY be a tough test of golf for even the cream of the crop.
I haven't even mentioned the Green Mile (16, 17, and 18) which annually is the toughest finishing holes on the PGA Tour. Imagine a hole like 18 with EVEN tougher and thicker rougher. OH BOY!
There is a lot of time between now and August of 2017. 458 days (but who's counting) before the first ball goes off the tee at Quail Hollow on August 10, 2017.
I for one can not wait.
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