CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s the comparisons that are so surprising.
“I don’t think we see pins on this type of severe slope anywhere else, not even at Augusta. Fast? Yes. But not on the slope like we see here,” Adam Scott said. “I had a couple of putts today, like the one on 18 was 6 inches of break from 4 feet. It’s considerably a long way from aiming at the target. There is no easy two-putt.”
Despite a good amount of rain this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow’s greens are some of the fastest players will see all year. That speed is exaggerated by the extremely rolling putting surfaces.
With warmer temperatures in the forecast for Sunday the greens will only become more difficult for the final round, which 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler said will put a premium on finding the fairway.
“It's just tough with the wind. You get down wind, down grain, you can putt it off pretty quickly. It's a fine line,” Fowler said. “You're not going to be able to play this golf course out of the rough tomorrow.”
That difficulty is reflected in the scores. The scoring average this week is 73.06, which would rank it among the PGA Tour’s top 5 toughest layouts this year and considerably more difficult than last year when the course played to a 71.91 stroke average.
Officials plan to re-grass Quail Hollows greens after this year’s tournament in preparation for next year’s PGA Championship which will be played on the Tom Fazio-designed layout.