Vol 8 July 2009
Tournament Staff

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Sponsor Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

James Stevens
Tournament Assistant

2009 Quail Hollow Championship Recap

Sean O’Hair became the second straight player in his 20s to win the Quail Hollow Championship and in all probability another star on the PGA TOUR is certain to rise.

O’Hair’s Sunday performance was a wonderful personal feat considering he had lost a Sunday five-shot lead to Tiger Woods over a month before at Bay Hill. He also became the first player currently on the PGA TOUR under 30 to win three times at the game’s highest level.

After 36 holes, the leader board featured many of the sport’s top performers with Retief Goosen, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Woods, Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Phil Mickelson and Jeff Maggert packed at the top. Two past champions Woods and Furyk made their way into contention thanks to a first-round 65 and a second-round 66, respectively. The group also represented a nice mix of long hitters and play-makers.

On Saturday, O’Hair joined the party with a 67 as did regional favorite Lucas Glover. Meanwhile, Johnson pulled ahead of the pack by two with a 69. Three times the third-round leader had gone on to win the Quail Hollow Championship. However, Johnson’s triple-bogey on the second hole let that stat rest quickly.

During the beautiful spring afternoon, Johnson led, Watson led, Glover led and then O’Hair. With a birdie at the 14th hole and then another eight-foot birdie at the 15th, O’Hair managed a two-shot lead over the pack with the Green Mile ahead. The fact he bogeyed the final two holes to drop from 13-under-par to 11, might have meant something at other places on another day. However, the rest of the contenders had trouble getting to the clubhouse, too. One shot over those closest to him is all O’Hair needed.

Watson and Glover both bogeyed one of the final three holes to finish 10-under and a stroke back. Meanwhile Woods parred in to move up to fourth. Jonathan Byrd had a bogey-free stretch on the final three holes and finished fifth and Mickelson did the same much earlier in the day on his way to a 67 to finish tied for fifth.