After long wait Quail Hallow gets PGA Championship

By Associated PressAugust 31, 2010, 10:25 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue remembers sitting with Johnny Harris in 1993 as the Quail Hollow Club president gushed about his ambitious plans.

“He said, ‘Bev, we’re going to make us a prize. We’re bringing in a great golf designer and we’re going to change this course,”’ Perdue recalled. “He said, ‘We’re going to have us an international tournament here.”’

Two redesigns and 17 years later, Perdue sat next to Harris on the same stage Tuesday with PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka, who announced the 2017 PGA Championship will be played at the old-style, private course.

“Charlotte deserves this,” Steranka said. “Quail Hollow deserves it.”

It will mark the third time the PGA will be in North Carolina, and the first for the state’s largest city. The event will draw about 50,000 a people a day, millions of television viewers worldwide and tens of millions of dollars in economic impact.

No wonder Harris was smiling at an event that included numerous state dignitaries, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and Charlotte Bobcats president Fred Whitfield.

“We wanted to have a golf course that could host a major championship,” said Harris, a real estate developer and member of Augusta National. “Everything we’ve done has been done to improve the experience of players and patrons.”

The PGA of America was drawn to Quail Hollow after watching its success as one of the top non-majors since its return to the PGA Tour in 2003. It came after famed designer Tom Fazio made major renovations to the course starting in the late 1990s which added length and new greens, but kept much of the natural landscape.

“Their commitment to the two renovations that Tom did and their support of doing additional things that would improve Quail Hollow as a championship venue is what we looked for,” said Steranka, who first discussed bringing the tournament here two years ago. “We’ve had the benefit of seeing Quail Hollow prove itself as a test of players of every ability.”

There could be several changes, however, by the time the first ball is struck in August 2017. Harris hinted the PGA Tour event could end once the sponsorship deal with Wells Fargo & Co. expires after the 2014 tournament.

“I’m saying I have a contract that runs through 2014,” Harris said. “I haven’t been contacted by anyone that suggested anything different than that.”

Harris added there certainly won’t be a PGA Tour event in 2016-17 as the course transitions from playing in overseeded rye for a May event to Bermuda grass for the heat of the midsummer.

They also expect to rebuild all 18 greens with a new type of bent grass more resistant to the intense heat Charlotte is accustomed to. Harris wants a new entrance for fans to get onto the course, and may ask for state aid in getting the road outside the club widened.

But Steranka stressed he doesn’t want a lot of changes for a 7,469-yard, par-72 layout that has received mostly positive reviews by the game’s top players. The closing three-hole stretch, called “The Green Mile,” is one of the most difficult on the PGA Tour and could provide drama with the Wanamaker Trophy on the line.

“Quail Hollow could host the PGA Championship next year. It’s that good,” Steranka said. “We would give it three years of new greens to do it because more than likely you’re going to have to transition to a new type of turf. The Green Mile is famous in golf for a reason. It’s got everything that it needs to test the world’s greatest players.”

That’s just as Harris envisioned three decades ago.

“We didn’t have to build what the TPC (Sawgrass) built,” Harris said. “What we did was take our natural characteristics and Tom Fazio enhanced that.”

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Wie has hand surgery, out for rest of 2018

By Randall MellOctober 18, 2018, 9:43 pm

Michelle Wie will miss the rest of this season after undergoing surgery Thursday to fix injuries that have plagued her right hand in the second half of this year.

Wie announced in an Instagram post that three ailments have been causing the pain in her hand: an avulsion fracture, bone spurs and nerve entrapment.

An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone where it attaches to a ligament or tendon.

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I think John Mayer once said, “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” A lot of people have been asking me what’s been going on with my hand and I haven’t shared much, because I wasn’t sure what was going on myself. After countless MRI’s, X-rays, CT scans, and doctor consultations, I was diagnosed with having a small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in my right hand. After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through. So I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free! Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise

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Dr. Andrew Weiland, an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, performed the procedure.

“It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year, but, hopefully, I am finally on the path to being and staying pain free,” Wie wrote.

Wie withdrew during the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open with the hand injury on Aug. 2 and didn’t play again until teeing it up at the UL International Crown two weeks ago and the KEB Hana Bank Championship last week. She played those events with what she hoped was a new “pain-free swing,” one modeled after Steve Stricker, with more passive hands and wrists. She went 1-3 at the UL Crown and tied for 59th in the limited field Hana Bank.

“After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through,” she wrote.


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Wie, who just turned 29 last week, started the year saying her top goal was to try to stay injury free. She won the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March, but her goal seemed doomed with a diagnosis of arthritis in both wrists before the year even started.

Over the last few years, Wie has dealt with neck, back, hip, knee and ankle injuries. Plus, there was an emergency appendectomy that knocked her out of action for more than a month late last season. Her wrists have been an issue going back to early in her career.

“I don’t think there is one joint or bone in her body that hasn’t had some sort of injury or issue,” Wie’s long-time swing coach, David Leadbetter, said earlier this year.

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Woods receives his Tour Championship trophy

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 8:57 pm

We all know the feeling of giddily anticipating something in the mail. But it's doubtful that any of us ever received anything as cool as what recently showed up at Tiger Woods' Florida digs.

This was Woods' prize for winning the Tour Championship. It's a replica of "Calamity Jane," Bobby Jones' famous putter. Do we even need to point out that the Tour Championship is played at East Lake, the Atlanta course where Jones was introduced to the game.

Woods broke a victory drought of more than five years by winning the Tour Championhip. It was his 80th PGA Tour win, leaving him just two shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

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Garcia 2 back in storm-halted Andalucia Masters

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 7:08 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds on Thursday.

More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain.


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English journeyman Chesters collected six birdies and one bogey to take a one-shot lead over Gregory Bourdy of France. Tournament host and defending champion Sergio Garcia was on 68 along with fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Australia's Jason Scrivener.

''It's a shame I can't keep going because the last few holes were the best I played all day. Considering all the delays and everything, I'm very happy with 5 under,'' Chesters said. ''The forecast for the rest of the week is not very good either so I thought I'll just make as many birdies as I can and get in.''

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Caddies drop lawsuit; Tour increases healthcare stipend

By Rex HoggardOctober 18, 2018, 3:33 pm

After nearly four years of litigation, a group of PGA Tour caddies have dropped their lawsuit against the circuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California in early 2015, centered on the bibs caddies wear during tournaments and ongoing attempts by the caddies to improve their healthcare and retirement options.

The caddies lost their class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court and an appeal this year.

Separately, the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was not involved in the lawsuit but represents the caddies to the Tour, began negotiating with the circuit last year.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the APTC.

In January 2017, Jay Monahan took over as commissioner of the Tour and began working with the APTC to find a solution to the healthcare issue. Sajtinac said the Tour has agreed to increase the stipend it gives caddies for healthcare beginning next year.



“It took a year and a half, but it turned out to be a good result,” Sajtinac said. “Our goal is to close that window for the guys because healthcare is such a massive chunk of our income.”

In a statement released by the Tour, officials pointed out the lawsuit and the “potential increase to the longtime caddie healthcare subsidy” are two separate issues.

“Although these two items have been reported together, they are not connected. The PGA Tour looks forward to continuing to support the caddies in the important role they play in the success of our members,” the statement said.

Caddies have received a stipend from the Tour for healthcare for some time, and although Sajtinac wouldn’t give the exact increase, he said it was over 300 percent. Along with the APTC’s ability to now negotiate healthcare plans as a group, the new stipend should dramatically reduce healthcare costs for caddies.

“It’s been really good,” said Sajtinac, who did add that there are currently no talks with the Tour to created a retirement program for caddies. “Everybody is really excited about this.”