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Will Charlotte PGA Tour Stop Continue After '14 When Wells Fargo Contract Expires?
Published April 30, 2012
TO BE OR NOT TO BE? In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg notes Quail Hollow as part of its deal to host the PGA Championship in '17 “agreed to a stipulation by the PGA of America that it would not stage a regular PGA Tour event in either 2016 or 2017.” A few scenarios are possible, including “re-signing with Wells Fargo on a long-term basis, with Quail Hollow hosting in 2015 and another course in Charlotte serving as home of the tournament the next two years before returning to its original home.” Tournament Exec Dir Kym Hougham said that “four area courses have been suggested as potential alternate sites.” Another possibility could be “extending the Wells Fargo sponsorship by one year through 2015 and ending the regular tour stop after that, allowing Quail Hollow to focus on hosting the PGA Championship and other major golf events on an occasional basis in the years ahead.” In addition, the PGA Tour event could be temporarily relocated, similar to how the AT&T National event relocated from Congressional in DC for two years (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/27 issue).