Vol 20 July 2012

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

2012 Tournament Recap

The 10th anniversary of the Wells Fargo Championship produced the same drama and caliber of champion in its previous nine years. And once again Sunday was a special day.

Rickie Fowler, seeking his first win on the PGA TOUR, discovered something within himself and earned a victory that became instantly popular among his peers.

In a three-way playoff that featured the tournamentís 2010 champion and the 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, the 23-year-old Fowler selected a 51-degree wedge that had to be perfect on the 18th hole at Quail Hollow. The closing hole had allowed only four birdies on a beautiful Sunday in Charlotte.

Hitting second from the fairway, Fowler stuffed his approach shot within 4 feet for a birdie on the first extra hole to beat McIlroy and D.A. Points for the victory. It was his first PGA TOUR win in his 67th start as a pro and at the age of 23 years, 4 months and 23 days, became the third player to make the Wells Fargo Championship his first PGA TOUR win (Anthony Kim/2008, Rory McIlroy/2010).

He is also the third-youngest winner of the event, behind McIlroy (20 years, 11 months, 28 days) and Kim (22/10/15).

"I didn't want to play it safe," Fowler said. "I had a good number (133 yards), and I was aiming right of the hole with the wind coming out of the right, and if I hit a perfect shot, it comes down right on the stick. ... I hit a perfect shot at the right time, and I was going for it."

McIlroy, who returned to No. 1 in the world thanks to his runner up finish Sunday, also used Quail Hollow as a launching pad toward stardom when he won here two years ago.

"I'm looking forward to playing with Rory for a long time," said Fowler, who closed with a 3-under 69. "It's awesome. It's a long wait, but well worth it."

A short two years ago, McIlroy electrified the Wells Fargo Championship crowd with a Sunday performance that became one of the highlights of the year on the PGA TOUR schedule. He finished it with an incredible birdie on the 18th.

This time he watched someone else.

"You wouldn't call the 18th today a birdie hole with that pin," McIlroy said. "For Rickie to go out and play that hole the way he did, he deserved to win."

And for the fifth time in 10 years, the Wells Fargo Championship needed a playoff to decide a champion.