On the heels of Tiger Woods' decision to officially skip next week's Wells Fargo Championship, a report surfaced Tuesday night that multiple greens at Quail Hollow Club have been forced to undergo emergency maintenance this week.
According to Golfweek, both the eighth and 10th greens at the Charlotte, N.C. club were completely re-sodded Tuesday, just nine days before tournament play is set to officially begin at one of the PGA Tour's marquee events.
'They would not have been in acceptable condition,' explained Andy Pazder, the Tour's senior vice president of tournament adminstration, according to the report. 'It was a rather extraordinary step.'
The report indicates that portions of both the 12th and 13th greens also received new sod Tuesday, repairs which Pazder noted were for aesthetic purposes.
Johnson Wagner, a three-time PGA Tour winner and member at Quail Hollow, reportedly played the course two weeks ago and was forced to putt on temporary greens at both Nos. 8 and 10. According to Wagner, the problems with the 10th green can be traced back to excessive top-dressing by the Tour's agronomy staff in the weeks leading up to the event.
'It went from a perfectly sodded green three weeks ago, which I thought was unbelievable, to being dead,' he noted.
According to the report, Pazder disagreed with the notion that top-dressing was to blame for the issues addressed Tuesday.
'There were a number of factors involved which contributed to the decline in conditions of the 10th green,' he explained. 'But over-top-dressing was not one of them.'
Whatever solutions are created in advance of next week's event will likely be short-lived; all 18 greens at Quail Hollow will reportedly be torn up once the final putt drops, set to be replaced as the club begins preparations to host the PGA Championship in 2017.