An impressive field has gathered to contest the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. World Number 1 Tiger Woods won this tournament back in 2007 but was unable to defend his title last season due to injury. He’s back this year and will be trying to notch up his 67th PGA Tour victory.
In fact, seven of the top-10 players on the Official World Ranking will tee it up at Quail Hollow. Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington will be flying the flag for Europe though Robert Karlsson and Ian Poulter are also on the start sheet.
Founded by James J. Harris in 1959, Quail Hollow is a private member’s club, but it has been host to this tournament since 2003. There’s been an illustrious line of winners in the event, formerly known as the Wachovia Championships. David Toms came out on top in 2003 and, since then, Joey Sindelar, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim have been victorious.
Venue: Quail Hollow Club, North Carolina
Date: April 29 – May 3
Course stats: par 72, 7,442 yards
Purse: $6,400,000 Winner: $1,152,000
Defending champion: Anthony Kim (-16)
Thursday 30th – Live on Setanta Golf from 8pm
Friday 1st – Live on Setanta Golf from 8pm
Saturday 2nd – Live on Setanta Golf from 6pm
Sunday 3rd – Live on Setanta Golf from 6pm
Tiger Woods – He’s finished inside the top-10 in every strokeplay event he’s contested since returning from injury, including a victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He knows how to win round this course and will be aiming for nothing less.
Phil Mickelson – He thoroughly enjoyed coming out on top in his tussle with Tiger at Augusta. He’ll be hoping to do the same again here and close the gap at the top of the World Ranking.
Geoff Ogilvy – The Australian always seems to raise his game when the top players gather for a tournament. He clearly enjoys beating the best.
Key hole: 17th. A par-3 of 217 yards where the ball must be carried all the way to the green over water. When the pressure is on, this hole is bound to produce some drama.
Skills required: Playing the par-5s. It’s imperative here to make the most of the four par-5s on the course. It’s a tough layout and there are few “gimme” birdies out there. The winner will play the long holes well and pick up some shots.