|Quail Hollow Championship - April 27, 2009
QUAIL HOLLOW CHAMPIONSHIP
Quail Hollow Club
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,442
Winner's FedExCup Points Share: 500
Purse: $6,500,000Winner: $1,170,000
2008 Champion: Anthony Kim (272, -16)
Win at Quail Hollow Championship Helped
Kim to Career Year in 2008
The Quail Hollow Championship will always hold a special place in Anthony Kim’s heart. It was at Quail Hollow Club in 2008 that Kim earned his first PGA TOUR title, taking a four-stroke lead into the final round and rolling to a five-stroke victory over Ben Curtis. The win, the first of two 2008 titles for Kim (he also won the AT&T National in July), helped him finish fourth in the FedExCup and land a spot on the victorious 2008 U.S. Ryder team that defeated the European team.
Kim opened this season in strong fashion, tying for second at the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship. He has made the cut in five of his six PGA TOUR starts and has also played in two European Tour events.
He is 46th in this year’s FedExCup standings, tying for 20th in his last start—the Masters Tournament
Quail Hollow Championship Notes
Anthony Kim, who won the 2008 Quail Hollow Championship at age 22 years, 10 months, 15 days, was the youngest winner on the PGA TOUR last year.
Tiger Woods has played in three Quail Hollow Championships (2004, 2005, 2007), winning in 2007. Out of Woods’ 12 career rounds at the event only two have been over-par and half have been in the 60s.
Former champion Vijay Singh, who won the 2005 tournament, has four top-10 finishes in six appearances at the Quail Hollow Championship. Of Singh’s 24 career rounds at the event, 20 are at par or better.
Padraig Harrington is looking to improve on his best performance at Quail Hollow, a tie for 43rd in 2007. He tied for 75th in his only other appearance, in 2005.
Three of the six previous Quail Hollow Championship winners have come from behind Sunday to win the title. Joey Sindelar, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods trailed heading into the final round. The other three champions, David Toms, Jim Furyk and Anthony Kim, held the 54-hole lead.
Jim Furyk, who won the Quail Hollow Championship in 2006, has had almost all-or-nothing success at Quail Hollow. In five appearances at the event, he has missed the cut twice, tied for second (2005) and finished seventh a year ago to go with his win. In 16 career rounds at this event, Furyk has only shot over-par twice. Seven of his 16 rounds are in the 60s.
Davis Love III will play in his seventh consecutive Quail Hollow Championship. Born in Charlotte, Love’s best finish is a tie for 14th, in 2006. He missed the cut last year and in 2005.
Four of the six past champions of the Quail Hollow Championship are currently ranked among the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking—Tiger Woods (No. 1), Vijay Singh (No. 8), Anthony Kim (No. 13) and Jim Furyk (No. 14).
Brendon Todd, who received notoriety two weeks ago when he made holes-in-one on the same hole on consecutive days at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic on the Nationwide Tour, is in the field this week. He's playing on a sponsor's exemption, along with Notah Begay III, Ross Fisher, Jason Gore, Danny Lee, Jeev Milkha Singh,and Charles Warren, who also received sponsor's exemptions.
Twelve winners of 2009 PGA TOUR events are playing this week, including two-time champions Geoff Ogilvy (Mercedes-Benz Championship and World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship) and Phil Mickelson (Northern Trust Open and World Golf Championships-CA Championship).