Vol 22 March 2014

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Partner Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

Banner Year for Two Past Champions

2010 Champion Rory McIlroy
2012 Champion Rickie Fowler

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Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler, champions in 2010 and 2012, respectively, certainly were the talk of the golf world during this past season.

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McIlroy was recently named the PGA TOUR Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons. His outstanding performance this year included three consecutive victories in July and August—two of which were major championships. His wins at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship combined with his 2011 U.S. Open title moved him one step closer to golf’s career grand slam. A win at the Masters Tournament next spring would put him in elite company.

It is interesting to note that since McIlroy’s inaugural PGA TOUR victory at the Wells Fargo Championship four years ago, he has now accumulated eight more tournament titles and has been on three winning European Ryder Cup teams. Plus, he is currently No.1 in the world.

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McIlroy, who has been in the top ten at Quail Hollow Club four out of the five times he has played, accumulated 12 top ten finishes in the 17 tournaments he played on TOUR in 2014. What is also of particular interest to the fans of the Wells Fargo Championship, McIlroy and Fowler saw a lot of each other during the major championships this year.

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Looking back we all may have seen this coming. In 2012, Fowler beat McIlroy in a playoff for his inaugural victory on the PGA TOUR at the Wells Fargo Championship. The fact they both won their first TOUR trophy in Charlotte will forever keep them linked in some fashion.

At the four major championships this year, Fowler finished T5 at the Masters, T2 at the U.S. Open, T2 at The Open Championship and T3 at the PGA Championship. By the way, he is the first player to perform the feat since Tiger Woods did so in 2005. Along the way, he and McIlroy were either paired together on the weekends or within view of each other several times during these events.

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The two past champions of the Wells Fargo Championship, both in their 20s, will be fun to watch again this year. McIroy, of course, is the No.1 ranked player in the world. However, Fowler is 10th and has goals of catching McIlroy.

These two may be the next rivalry for the sport. And it can easily be said, it all started in Charlotte on a Sunday in May.

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