Tours in Town What About Rain

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A look at the extended forecast in Charlotte, N.C. reveals a stretch of sunny days for the week ahead.
 
But if youre skeptical, its understandable; because the PGA Tours coming to town.
 
Apparently, the tour upset Mother Nature something awful, as she has been almost unrelenting in her disapproval of play the last two weeks. She has halted action six of the last 10 work days.
 
Notice thats 10 days, over the course of two tournaments, and not the normal eight. Thats because she has forced consecutive Monday finishes.
 
Maybe she just misses Tiger Woods.
 
Woods will make his first start since tying for 22nd at the Masters. This is his first appearance in the Wachovia Championship; though, its only the second-ever Wachovia Championship.
 
The event made its debut on tour last season, with David Toms dominating for 71 holes, before barely holding on for victory.
 
Toms entered the final hole ' following a two-and-a-half hour rain delay Sunday afternoon ' with a six-stroke lead, meaning he could have made a quintuple-bogey 9 and still won. He made an 8.
 
I went from being in total control and picking my targets to trying to hand on and finish, he said at the time. But thats fine. Ive got the trophy and that big check.
 
Toms broke a near 20-month winless drought by collecting his eighth tour title. He added the FedEx St. Jude to his resume seven weeks later.
 
This years tournament will once again be contested at Quail Hollow Club (par 72, 7,396 yards), which hosted the Booz Allen Classic (formerly the Kemper Open) from 1969 to 1979, as well as a Champions Tour event, last known as The Home Depot Invitational, from 1980 to 88.
 
This venue, which has been likened to a U.S. Open layout, has been very kind to major champions in the past ' and there are plenty of major champions in this weeks field.
 
In addition to Woods and Toms, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Ben Curtis, Shaun Micheel and Mike Weir are also scheduled to compete. In all, there are 18 past major champions in attendance.
 
During Quail Hollows 11-year stretch at the Booz Allen, Raymond Floyd (1975) and Tom Weiskopf (1971, 77) won, while 13 past or future major winners finished runner-up.
 
The silver-medal list includes Lee Trevino (twice), Gary Player (twice), Weiskopf (twice), Andy North, Jerry Pate, Lou Graham, Lanny Wadkins, John Mahaffey, Bill Rogers and Mark Hayes.
 
Player extracted a bit of revenge on the course when he hit the senior circuit. He won the PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational in 1987. Peter Thomson and Gene Littler, both of who won majors on the regular tour, also prevailed at Quail Hollow on the Champions Tour.
 
Of course, Toms won the 2001 PGA Championship. And Singh, who was among the runners-up a year ago, is a two-time major champion
 
Toms collected a career-best $1,008,000 for his Wachovia win. This years winner will net the same.
 
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