Vol 16 July 2011

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

2011 Tournament Recap

The ninth Wells Fargo Championship had plenty of local flavor from Thursday through Sunday afternoon at Quail Hollow Club.

For the fourth time in tournament history, a playoff was needed to decide a champion. This time it came down to two former Clemson teammates and friends Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover. Glover would be the winner in a one-hole duel, capping off a brilliant week of putting and a comeback on Sunday that was peppered with drama after a wild day of leaderboard movement.

Glover’s victory meant many things. He became the first player in tournament history to record all four rounds in the 60s (67-68-69-69). His opening-round 67 is the lowest start by a champion. Glover led the field in a new TOUR statistic—strokes gained putting—by gaining 10.506 strokes on the field. He also became the fifth champion of the Wells Fargo Championship, who also has a major championship victory on his resume.

Jonathan Byrd

The 31-year-old Glover, who was born in Greenville, SC, had not won on TOUR since the 2009 U.S. Open, when he came from three strokes back early in the final round. Glover did the same at the Wells Fargo Championship as he entered the final round three behind Byrd, the 54-hole leader.

Getting the title was an adventure for Glover. He and Byrd finished 15-under-par, one stroke shy of the tournament record.

But ahead of them several players were creating a buzz throughout the grounds of Quail Hollow Club. Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington made early moves and Pat Perez, who trailed by one heading into the final round, hung around until a double-bogey at No.7 sent him in another direction.

Lucas Glover

Also, first round leader and Charlotte native Bill Haas resurfaced. He nearly made a hole-in-one at the par-three 17th and after making his short birdie putt there pulled within striking distance before a bogey at 18 left him two strokes out of the playoff.

Rory Sabbatini also provided fireworks ahead of the final groups. He posted a final round 65 and finished 14-under-par to give the others a number to chase if they were going to win on this Mother’s Day Sunday.

Byrd and Glover would get the job done. But both came home in different fashion.

Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover

When Glover birdied the par-5, 15th hole he took a one-stroke lead with his 15-under total. Meanwhile, Byrd bounced back from a bogey on 14 with a birdie on 15 to get within one. Ahead of him, Glover was making impressive par putts and getting out of trouble to do so.

On the 18th hole, Glover hooked his tee shot left of the creek with his ball landing near a spectator’s back. From a tough side hill lie, Glover took his position to hit the ball but it rolled down the slope. He had not grounded his club and hit his second shot from the better position. His approach did go over the green. However, a chip shot from the fringe and a 6-foot par putt saved the par and made him the new leader in the clubhouse.

Byrd made par from the trees at 16, then a par at 17. On the 18th, he made a dramatic birdie for the tie and the Clemson faithful were alive. Byrd’s birdie on the 18th was one of only three recorded by the field on Sunday. And, for the ninth straight year, the par-four was the toughest hole on the course all week.

In the playoff, the two once again visited the 18th hole. Byrd’s tee shot found a left-side bunker and his 5-iron approach went left over the creek causing a bogey. Glover, on the other hand, was able to find the middle of the fairway this time and a two-putt par was good enough.