Quail Hollow Championship Notes
Shell Houston Open champion Anthony Kim, who won the 2008 Quail Hollow Championship at age 22 years, 10 months, 15 days, was the youngest PGA TOUR winner in 2008. Kim finished at a tournament record 16-under-par 272 that year in winning his first TOUR event.
Tiger Woods has played in four Quail Hollow Championships (2004-05, 2007 and 2009), winning in 2007. Out of Woods’ 16 career rounds at Quail Hollow Club, only two have been over-par and seven have been in the 60s.
Jim Furyk, a two-time winner in 2010, won the Quail Hollow Championship in 2006. He, has had interesting results at Quail Hollow, either contending or missing the cut. In six appearances at the event he hasn’t played on the weekend twice, he tied for second in 2005, was seventh in 2008 and tied for 11th in 2009 to go with his victory. In 20 career rounds at the Quail Hollow Championship, Furyk has only shot over-par three times. Eight of his 16 rounds are in the 60s.
Davis Love III will play in his eighth consecutive Quail Hollow Championship. Born in Charlotte, Love’s best finish in his hometown is the tie for 14th he turned in in 2006. Love has missed the cut twice—in 2005 and in 2008.
Brendon de Jonge, the 2008 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year and Charlotte resident, missed the cut at Quail Hollow in 2007 and tied for 44th in 2009 in his only two tournament appearances. Bill Haas was born in Charlotte and played golf at Wake Forest. Haas missed the cut at Quail Hollow in 2003, 2007 and 2008 but tied for 22nd in 2005 and 2009 and had his best showing, a tie for fourth, in 2006. Haas recorded his first TOUR victory earlier this year at the Bob Hope Classic. Mathew Goggin also lives in Charlotte and will be making his sixth start at Quail Hollow. He has one top-25 at the event.
Former champion Vijay Singh (2005) has four top-10 finishes in seven appearances at the Quail Hollow Championship. Of Singh’s 26 career rounds at the event, 20 are at par or better.
The par-4 18th hole at Quail Hollow Club was the fourth-toughest finishing hole during the entire 2008 season (average score 4.367). Last year, the 18th at Quail Hollow was the second-most-difficult finishing hole on TOUR, with an average score 4.374. The toughest par-3 on the 2008 PGA TOUR was Quail Hollow’s 17th (average score 3.418). A year ago, the final three holes at Quail Hollow were the toughest three-hole finishing stretch on TOUR.
Since the first tournament in 2003, players have hit 248 tee shots into the lake guarding the par-3 17th hole.
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
•Tiger Woods (Orlando, FL/Stanford) and Phil Mickelson (Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Arizona State) will tee it up together for only the second time this year, but the 173rd time in their professional careers. Phil won earlier this year at the Masters, but overall Tiger has won 53 times when playing in the same event as Phil vs. 14 wins for Mickelson.
•Jim Furyk (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL/Arizona) has an interesting record at the Quail Hollow Championship. In six starts in the event he has a 1st, a 2nd, a T7 and a T11. In his other two starts he’s missed the cut.
•The Quail Hollow Championship has seen a mix of champions in its brief history. The first three winners were age 36, 46 and 42. The last two winners were 22 and 26 years of age.
•Vijay Singh (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) has a strong track record at the Quail Hollow Championship. In addition to winning the 2005 tournament, he’s finished T2 (2003), T7 (2007), T10 (2004) and T17 (2008).
•Stuart Appleby (Orlando, FL) has finished T8-6 in his last two starts for his first back-to-back Top-10 finishes since he opened the 2008 season with five in a row.
•The PGA TOUR is 18 tournaments into the 37-tournament Regular Season so let’s call it the halfway mark. Two players in the Top-30 in the FedExCup points race are having remarkably similar results from last year. Phil Mickelson (Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Arizona State) was 6th at this point last year and is 6th again. Hunter Mahan (Colleyville, TX/Oklahoma State) was 14th at the halfway point last year and again this season.
•Ernie Els (West Palm Beach, FL) leads the FedExCup race at the halfway point with 1396 points—nearly double what he accumulated in the entire 2009 Regular Season when he had 733.
•Several players have made significant gains in the FedExCup race over this same point last year. Kris Blanks (Frederick, MD) has improved 177 spots (223 to 56) over this same time last year while Ricky Barnes (Phoenix, AZ/Arizona) has climbed 167 places (213-66) over last year.
•The Champions Tour heads to Biloxi, MS, this week for the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Mississippi now becomes the 37th different state to host a Champions Tour event in its history.
•Two players—Bobby Clampett (Raleigh, NC/BYU) and Jodie Mudd (St. Augustine, FL/Georgia Southern)—will make their Champions Tour debuts this week in Mississippi.
•Mark O’Meara (Houston, TX/Long Beach State) earned his first Champions Tour title after nine runner-up finishes at last week’s Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. O’Meara began his PGA TOUR career in similar fashion as he earned six runner-up finishes before claiming his first title. He went on to win 16 times, including two major championships.
•The win by Jason Bohn (Acworth, GA/Alabama) last week was the 272nd on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player. It gives Nationwide Tour alums 12 wins in the first 18 events on the PGA TOUR this year.
•This week’s Stadion Athens Classic at UGA will be played at the University of Georgia GC for the first time, giving several UGA alums a home field advantage. Former or current Bulldogs teeing it up this week include Paul Claxton, Harris English, Russell Henry, Kevin Kisner, Chris Kirk, Matt Peterson and Brendon Todd.
•One former Bulldog who might actually regret the tournament moving is Brendon Todd (Atlanta, GA). In last year’s event played at Jennings Mill CC, Todd became the first player in Nationwide Tour history to make two aces in the same event.