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

Hole Highlight: No. 14

The par-four 14th at Quail Hollow Club is one of several intriguing holes during the Wells Fargo Championship.

During the season, the PGA TOUR professionals are often faced with holes that present a possible gamble on their part and this is one of them. The hole measures only 346 yards at its longest and opens the opportunity for these players to try to drive the green for an eagle putt. However, hazards are everywhere here with the lake to the left and bunkers reaching into the landing area on both sides of the fairway as well as the right-side of the green. With a total of six bunkers, the lake and a narrow green, it is tempting for the TOUR players to try to guide the ball into this narrow green therefore making this hole a make-or-break result given the option the player chooses.

In 2010, Rory McIlroy parred this hole in his first two rounds but recorded birdies here during his incredible record-breaking weekend run to the tournament title.

Here is how he described his birdie on 14 while shooting a 62 on Sunday: I got a little lucky there both days and certainly on Sunday, said McIlroy. I hit a five-wood off the tee because it was only 267 to the hole. I thought my shot landed into the gallery and went beyond the bunker, but it actually finished in the bunker. It was still a tricky downhill lie but it was better than being near the grandstand. I splashed it out to below the hole ten feet left and made the putt. That birdie began a great finishing stretch for myself.

Risk vs Reward

From 2003 through 2011, the par-4, 14th has produced some interesting numbers
  • Birdies: 1,043
  • Eagles: 20
  • Bogeys: 429
  • Double Bogeys or worse: 101