Vol 13 October 2010

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

Some Players Receive Exemptions to Compete in Charlotte

Kym Hougham, Executive Director

I am often asked how many sponsor exemptions our tournament receives according to PGA TOUR regulations and who gets them. The first thing to understand is there are 35 different categories by which a player can be eligible to play in PGA TOUR events. The higher a playerís category the more likely he is to get into the tournament. A playerís category is based on his 2010 performance or his historical success.

We are given four unrestricted exemptions which we are allowed to give to anyone with a zero handicap or better. We then get two exemptions that have to be given to the players in the Q-School/Nationwide Tour category, and we have two exemptions that have to be given to members of the PGA TOUR that fall within a category that isnít ranked high enough to get into our field.

Notah Begay, 2010 Exemption

Also, keep in mind, there may be a player or players ranked high in the Official World Golf Rankings who are not members of the PGA TOUR. We often receive requests for these type players who compete primarily on the European Tour or Asian Tour. We evaluate these requests as well.

Lee Westwood, 2010 Exemption

I will receive over 50 letters and emails this year from players and agents requesting an exemption into the Wells Fargo Championship. There are many good and deserving players requesting those eight exemptions. But, I have the responsibility to put the best field possible on the course tournament week. We certainly keep that in mind with our selections.

Rocco Mediate, 2010 Exemption

Look for a mix of high ranking foreign players, veteran well known players as well as some of the up and coming new breed of younger players to fill out the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship sponsor exemptions.

David Duval, 2010 Exemption