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 Championship 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:

YearPlayerCountryScoreTo parMargin
Wells Fargo Championship
2019Max Homa United States269−153 strokes
2018Jason Day Australia272−122 strokes
2017Brian Harman United States278−101 stroke
2016James Hahn United States279−9Playoff
2015Rory McIlroy (2) Northern Ireland267−217 strokes
2014J. B. Holmes United States274−141 stroke
2013Derek Ernst United States280−8Playoff
2012Rickie Fowler United States274−14Playoff
2011Lucas Glover United States273−15Playoff
Quail Hollow Championship
2010Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland273−154 strokes
2009Sean O’Hair United States277−111 stroke
Wachovia Championship
2008Anthony Kim United States272−165 strokes
2007Tiger Woods United States275−132 strokes
2006Jim Furyk United States276−12Playoff
2005Vijay Singh Fiji276−12Playoff
2004Joey Sindelar United States277−11Playoff
2003David Toms United States278−102 strokes
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