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
Year Player Country Score To par 1st Prize ($) Purse ($)
Wells Fargo Championship
2016 James Hahn United States 279 -9 (PO) 1,314,000 7,300,000
2015 Rory McIlroy (2) N. Ireland 267 -21 1,278,000 7,100,000
2014 JB Holmes United States 274 -14 1,242,000 6,900,000
2013 Derek Ernst United States 280 -8 (playoff) 1,206,000 6,700,000
2012 Rickie Fowler United States 274 -14 1,170,000 6,500,000
2011 Lucas Glover United States 273 -15 1,170,000 6,500,000
Quail Hollow Championship
2010 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland 273 -15 1,170,000 6,500,000
2009 Sean O’Hair United States 277 -11 1,170,000 6,500,000
Wachovia Championship
2008 Anthony Kim United States 272 -16 1,152,000 6,400,000
2007 Tiger Woods United States 275 -13 1,134,000 6,300,000
2006 Jim Furyk United States 276 -12 1,134,000 6,300,000
2005 Vijay Singh Fiji 276 -12 1,080,000 6,000,000
2004 Joey Sindelar United States 277 -11 1,008,000 5,600,000
2003 David Toms United States 278 -10 1,008,000 5,600,000

 

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