Quail Hollow greens in rough shape for Wells Fargo


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One competitor in this week’s Wells Fargo Championship stood on the practice green at Quail Hollow on Tuesday afternoon, haplessly looked down at the patchy putting surface and glumly claimed, “And this is actually the best green on property right now.”

Deer antler spray aside, the hot topic here this week is the greens – especially a half-dozen which seem to need a little extra TLC.

The greens on Nos. 8 and 10 have been resodded and are slower than the others. Those two holes – along with 12 and 13 – used temporary greens for Monday’s pro-am. And the surfaces at 9 and 16 are no picnic, either.

Colt Knost was among those in the field who took to social media in an effort to show the damaged greens.

Tee to Green it's the best I've ever seen it,” said Webb Simpson, a member at this course. “All up and down the East Coast, we've had a tough March. Usually March brings kind of some warm days, but it was significantly colder this year than most years. They just were up against a tough deal with this weather.

“But I think they're going to be fine. I think this rain's going to help a little bit. I think as a whole, the players were kind of wondering. They were reading the reports and didn't know what to think, but I think as a whole, the players are getting some pretty good responses to what they might have thought in their heads. So I think we'll be fine.”