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Wells Fargo Championship Winners and History

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Although essentially under the same corporate sponsorship since its inception in 2003, the Wells Fargo Championship has done a neat little song and dance around its name. The tournament began as the Wachovia Chammpionship in 2003. In 2008, Wells Fargo bought Wachovia and dropped Wachovia from the tournament name. That was part of a corporate strategy to eliminate Wachovia as a brand in favor of Wells Fargo.

Then the Great Recession hit, and Wells Fargo dropped its name from the title (although it continued to be the sponsor). The image of a financial company sponsoring a golf tournament in the midst of a financial crisis didn’t seem helpful. However, in 2011, with the danger presumably past, the event returned as the Wells Fargo Championship.

Held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Wells Fargo has established itself as a favorite of the Tournament Players and was almost immediately recognized as one of the Tour’s better venues. Indeed, the Tournament attracted Tiger Woods (not an easy thing to do), who won the 2007 title. The course’s layout boasts one of the tougher finishes on Tour, with 16, 17 and 18 referred to as “The Green Mile.”

A list of the Wells Fargo Championship winners follows:

 

Wells Fargo Championship Winners
YearPlayerCountryScoreTo par1st Prize ($)Purse ($)
Wells Fargo Championship
2016James HahnUnited States279-9 (PO)1,314,0007,300,000
2015Rory McIlroy (2)N. Ireland267-211,278,0007,100,000
2014JB HolmesUnited States274-141,242,0006,900,000
2013Derek ErnstUnited States280-8 (playoff)1,206,0006,700,000
2012Rickie FowlerUnited States274-141,170,0006,500,000
2011Lucas GloverUnited States273-151,170,0006,500,000
Quail Hollow Championship
2010Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland273-151,170,0006,500,000
2009Sean O’HairUnited States277-111,170,0006,500,000
Wachovia Championship
2008Anthony KimUnited States272-161,152,0006,400,000
2007Tiger WoodsUnited States275-131,134,0006,300,000
2006Jim FurykUnited States276-121,134,0006,300,000
2005Vijay SinghFiji276-121,080,0006,000,000
2004Joey SindelarUnited States277-111,008,0005,600,000
2003David TomsUnited States278-101,008,0005,600,000

 

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