Dates: April 30 – May 6, 2012
Where: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC
Par/Yards: 72/7,469 yards
2011 champion: Lucas Glover
2012 Purse: $6,800,000/$1,224,000
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play
How the Wells Fargo Championship was won in 2011
Former Clemson Tiger teammates Lucas Glover and Jonathan Byrd finished regulation deadlocked at the Wells Fargo Championship at 15-under 273, with Glover recording a par-4 on the first extra hole (No. 18) for the victory. It was Glover’s first playoff on the PGA TOUR and the fourth playoff at the event.
More on Lucas Glover and the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship
The win was the third of Lucas Glover’s career (2005 Children’s Miracle Network Classic, 2009 U.S. Open, 2011 Wells Fargo Championship).
Glover (67-68-69-69) became the first player in the nine-year history of the Wells Fargo Championship to record all four rounds in the 60s.
Glover’s opening-round 67 is the lowest start by a winner of the Wells Fargo Championship. He and Jonathan Byrd’s 72-hole total of 15-under 273 is one shy of the tournament record held by 2008 champion Anthony Kim.
All three of Glover’s wins on TOUR have been in come-from-behind fashion. He entered the final round on at the Wells Fargo Championship three strokes behind Jonathan Byrd, the final round of the U.S. Open one stroke behind Ricky Barnes and the final round of the 2005 Children’s Miracle Network Classic three strokes behind Rich Beem, Tim Clark and Tom Pernice Jr.
Glover will make his ninth start at Quail Hollow in 2012, a venue where he has enjoyed considerable success over the years. He missed just one cut (2005) and has amassed three top-10 finishes, highlighted by his win in 2011 and a T2 in 2009.
Last year, Glover led the field in strokes gained – putting by gaining 10.606 strokes on the field.
Jonathan Byrd’s total of 15-under 201 after three rounds bettered the previous-best 54-hole score at the Wells Fargo Championship by two strokes (13-under 203, Anthony Kim, 2008).
In the nine years of the Wells Fargo Championship, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to victory three times (David Toms-2003, Jim Furyk-2006 and Anthony Kim-2008).
Rory McIlroy, who won the Wells Fargo Championship in 2010, joined David Toms (2004), Jim Furyk (2007) and Sean O’Hair (2010) as defending champions to miss the cut the year after winning the event.
The par-4 18th hole played the most difficult in 2011 at 4.380. The par-5 15th hole played the easiest at 4.599.
In 2011, J.B. Holmes recorded the double-eagle in tournament history. On the par-five 15th hole during the third round, Holmes holed his second shot from 213 yards with a 5-iron.
A glance at the field
Twenty-two of the top 30 and 35 of the top 50 in the FedExCup standings are in the field, including six of the top
10: Hunter Mahan (1), Phil Mickelson (3), Johnson Wagner (5), Rory McIlroy (6), Kyle Stanley (7) and Mark Wilson (9).
Five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Rankings are in the field: Rory McIlroy (1), Lee Westwood (3), Hunter Mahan (5), Tiger Woods (8), Phil Mickelson (9)
Eight of the nine former Wells Fargo Championship champions: Lucas Glover (2011), Rory McIlroy (2010), Sean O’Hair (2009), Anthony Kim (2008), Jim Furyk (2006), Vijay Singh (2005) and David Toms (2003).
16 of the 18 PGA TOUR winners in 2012: Johnson Wagner (Sony Open in Hawaii), Mark Wilson (Humana Challenge), Brandt Snedeker (Farmers Insurance Open); Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open); Phil Mickelson (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Hunter Mahan (WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and Shell Houston Open), John Huh (Mayakoba Golf Classic); Rory McIlroy (The Honda Classic), Carl Pettersson (RBC Heritage), Justin Rose (World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship); George McNeill (Puerto Rico Open), Luke Donald (Transitions Championship), Tiger Woods (Arnold Palmer Invitational) and Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open).
Eighteen major championship winners in the field: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Angel Cabrera, Retief Goosen, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis, David Duval, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Davis Love III, Rory McIlroy, Geoff Ogilvy, David Toms, Mike Weir.
Phil Mickelson tied for ninth in his eighth career start at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship. The lefthander owns the most top-10 finishes at the event with six (tied for fifth in 2004, tied for seventh in 2005, tied for third in 2007, tied for fourth in 2009, second in 2010 and tied for ninth in 2011).
Tiger Woods owns three top-10 finishes in five starts at the Wells Fargo Championship, including a victory in 2007 when he defeated runner-up Steve Stricker by two strokes. In his last start at Quail Hollow, Woods missed the cut with rounds of 74-79 in 2010.
Source: PGA TOUR