PGA Tour
PGA - Quail Hollow Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 29th through Sunday, May 2nd
SITE: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
COURSE ARCHITECT: George Cobb (1961), Arnold Palmer (1986),
         Tom Fazio (redesign - 1997, 2003)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,469
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 410 Yds10 - Par 5 591 Yds
2 - Par 3 178 Yds11 - Par 4 421 Yds
3 - Par 4 452 Yds12 - Par 4 456 Yds
4 - Par 4 489 Yds13 - Par 3 201 Yds
5 - Par 5 570 Yds14 - Par 4 346 Yds
6 - Par 3 250 Yds15 - Par 5 566 Yds
7 - Par 5 532 Yds16 - Par 4 478 Yds
8 - Par 4 343 Yds17 - Par 3 217 Yds
9 - Par 4 491 Yds18 - Par 4 478 Yds
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36 3,715 Yds36 3,754 Yds
 
Annual:  8th
  Television - Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Sean O'Hair
Runner-Up:  Lucas Glover, Bubba Watson
Tournament Record:  272 (Anthony Kim, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  203 (Anthony Kim, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  134 (Bo Van Pelt, 2006)
Course Record:  64 (Kirk Triplett, 2004; Bo Van Pelt, 2006;
  Rory Sabbatini, 2007)
Total Purse:  $6,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,170,000; 2nd Place - $702,000; 3rd Place - $442,000
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Sean O'Hair277Jonathan Byrd280
Lucas Glover278Tim Petrovic280
Bubba Watson278Ian Poulter280
Tiger Woods279Jason Dufner280
Phil Mickelson280Ted Purdy280
 
Past Quail Hollow Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Sean O'Hair (277) -- Lucas Glover, Bubba Watson
2008Anthony Kim (272) -- Ben Curtis
2007Tiger Woods (275) -- Steve Stricker
2006*Jim Furyk (276) -- Trevor Immelman
2005*Vijay Singh (276) -- Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia
2004*Joey Sindelar (277) -- Arron Oberholser
2003David Toms (278) -- Vijay Singh, Robert Gamez, Brent Geiberger

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Wachovia Championship (2003-08).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009
Sean O'Hair------T-64mcwd---Won
Lucas Glover---T-10mcT-4T-3469thT-2
Bubba Watson---------mcwdmcT-2
Tiger Woods---T-3T-11---Won---4th
Phil Mickelson---T-5T-7T-35T-3T-12T-5
Jim Furykmc---T-2Wonmc7thT-11
Zach Johnson---mcmcmc84thT-25T-11
Boo Weekley------------T-43T-49T-11
David TomsWonmcmc------T-17T-18
Hunter Mahan---mcmcwdmcT-12T-22
Camilo Villegas---------mcT-43T-55T-22
Davis Love IIIT-29T-21mcT-14T-24---T-22
Ben Curtis---T-35T-56mcT-432ndT-32
Geoff Ogilvy---T-10T-22T-10T-24T-22T-32
Anthony Kim------------T-5WonT-47
Robert Allenby---T-50mc---T-344thT-47
Jeff Overton---------mc---mcT-53
Trevor Immelmanmc------2ndT-14mcT-65
Jason Bohn---T-32mcT-31T-523rdmc
Stewart CinkT-40mc---T-26T-5T-8mc
Adam Scott------T-163rdT-24T-8mc
Vijay SinghT-2T-10WonT-38T-7T-17mc
Angel Cabrera---------------72ndmc
Padraig Harrington------T-75---T-43---mc
Lee Westwood---------mcT-61------
Rory McIlroy---------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Lee Westwood
Darkhorse - Ricky Barnes
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ian Poulter) - Not in final field
Last Week's Darkhorse (Stuart Appleby) - Finished 6th
 
NOTES:
Quite a stellar field is assembled this week, as the PGA Tour returns to North Carolina for the eighth straight year and the Quail Hollow Championship, the final tune-up before next week's The Players Championship. Four of the top- five players in the world rankings are expected to compete this week, including world No. 1 Tiger Woods, who is playing for the first time since finishing fourth at The Masters three weeks ago. Masters champion and world No. 2 Phil Mickelson is also in the field for the first time since capturing the green jacket, as is world No. 4 Lee Westwood, who finished runner-up to Mickelson at The Masters. World No. 5 Jim Furyk, who won the Verizon Heritage two weeks ago for his second win of the year, is also scheduled to compete.

Last year, Sean O'Hair shot a three-under 69 in the final round and escaped with the most significant win of his career despite making bogeys on the last two holes. Chasing his first $1 million check -- and looking to cement his reputation as one of the top young Americans golfers -- O'Hair coughed up a two-shot lead on his last two holes when he missed the green at the par-three 17th and then three-putted from 26 feet at the 18th. He was only saved by Lucas Glover, who reacted to suddenly being tied for the lead by making his own bogey at the 17th to fall one back. Glover then parred the 18th to finish tied for second with Bubba Watson. O'Hair claimed his third PGA Tour win at 11-under-par 277 and picked up a career-best check of $1.17 million.

In 2008, Anthony Kim never let up in the final round at this event. He closed with a three-under 69 to roll to a five-shot win over Ben Curtis, finishing his first PGA Tour victory at 16-under-par 272. The 22-year-old Kim was by far the youngest winner at this event. The previous five winners all had at least 11 years of experience on the PGA Tour. Kim also set the tournament records for margin of victory (five) and total score (272). The previous marks were two (David Toms in 2003 and Woods in 2007) and 275 (Woods in 2007).

In 2004, Joey Sindelar defeated Arron Oberholser in a playoff to win on the PGA Tour for the first time since the 1990 Hardee's Golf Classic. Sindelar's winless streak was 13 years and eight months. With his winners check of $1,008,000, Sindelar surpassed the $1 million mark in single-season earnings for the first time in his 21-year career.

Four of the seven winners of this event have won major championships: Toms, Vijay Singh, Furyk and Woods. Only Sindelar, Kim and O'Hair have not captured a major. Furyk is the all-time money leader at this event with $2,005,471 in career earnings. Singh is second with $1,937,453 and Woods is third with $1,898,000.

There have been three playoffs at this event. Sindelar defeated Oberholser in 2004, Singh defeated Furyk and Sergio Garcia in 2005 and Furyk defeated Trevor Immelman in 2006.

The par-four 18th hole at Quail Hollow Club was the second-toughest finishing hole on the PGA Tour in 2009, with a scoring average of 4.374. The final three holes at Quail Hollow were the toughest three-hole finishing stretch on tour last year.

The PGA Tour travels to Florida next week for the "fifth major," The Players Championship, where Henrik Stenson will defend his title against the best field in golf.

04/27 15:53:24 ET

As of April 27, 2010, at 03:53 PM ET