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Quail Hollow Club Likely To Continue Hosting Charlotte's PGA Tour Event In '15 And '16

The future of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, one of the PGA Tour’s premier events, appears brighter now that the Quail Hollow Club will likely be available as the site of the tournament in '15 and ’16, years when the golf course was previously thought to be unavailable. When the club announced that the '17 PGA Championship was coming to Quail Hollow, officials said the Wells Fargo Championship might have to take a hiatus or find an alternate site for as many as three years while the club readied for its first major. At that time, it was considered unlikely that Quail Hollow would host a PGA Tour event in '15, ‘16, or perhaps beyond. The reason is that Quail Hollow needed to make several alterations to the course -- new Bermuda greens, for example -- to prepare for the PGA. But Wells Fargo Championship Exec Dir Kym Hougham today said upgrades to the course are speeding along and will not interfere with Quail Hollow’s ability to host the Wells Fargo Championship in '15 or ’16. That is a major development that will enhance the tournament’s ability to keep Wells Fargo on board as title sponsor. The financial institution is under contract with the PGA Tour through '14 and renewal talks between Wells and the PGA Tour are progressing, Hougham said. “A lot of people didn’t want to see the tournament leave and go somewhere else for two to three years,” Hougham said. “The fact that the tournament might have to find an alternate site for just one year ('17) is certainly enticing to Wells Fargo. It’s a much better situation for the tournament, in general.”
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