2012 Wells Fargo Championship
Dates: April 30 – May 6, 2012
Where: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC
Par/Yards: 72/7,444 yards
2011 champion: Lucas Glover
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play
How the Wells Fargo Championship was won in 2011
Former Clemson Tiger teammates Lucas Glover and Jonathan Byrd finished regulation deadlocked at the Wells Fargo Championship at 15-under 273, with Glover recording a par-4 on the first extra hole (No. 18) for the victory. It was Glover’s first playoff on the PGA TOUR and the fourth playoff at the event.
More on Lucas Glover and the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship
· The win was the third of Lucas Glover’s career (2005 Children’s Miracle Network Classic, 2009 U.S. Open, 2011 Wells Fargo Championship).
· Glover (67-68-69-69) became the first player in the nine-year history of the Wells Fargo Championship to record all four rounds in the 60s.
· Glover’s opening-round 67 is the lowest start by a winner of the Wells Fargo Championship. He and Jonathan Byrd’s 72-hole total of 15-under 273 is one shy of the tournament record held by 2008 champion Anthony Kim.
· All three of Glover’s wins on TOUR have been in come-from-behind fashion. He entered the final round on at the Wells Fargo Championship three strokes behind Jonathan Byrd, the final round of the U.S. Open one stroke behind Ricky Barnes and the final round of the 2005 Children’s Miracle Network Classic three strokes behind Rich Beem, Tim Clark and Tom Pernice Jr.
· Glover will make his ninth start at Quail Hollow in 2012, a venue where he has enjoyed considerable success over the years. He missed just one cut (2005) and has amassed three top-10 finishes, highlighted by his win in 2011 and a T2 in 2009.
· Last year, Glover led the field in strokes gained – putting by gaining 10.606 strokes on the field.
· Jonathan Byrd’s total of 15-under 201 after three rounds bettered the previous-best 54-hole score at the WellsFargo Championship by two strokes (13-under 203, Anthony Kim, 2008).
· In the nine years of the Wells Fargo Championship, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to victory three times (David Toms-2003, Jim Furyk-2006 and Anthony Kim-2008).
· Rory McIlroy, who won the Wells Fargo Championship in 2010, joined David Toms (2004), Jim Furyk (2007)and Sean O’Hair (2010) as defending champions to miss the cut the year after winning the event.
· The par-4 18th hole played the most difficult in 2011 at 4.380. The par-5 15th hole played the easiest at 4.599.
· In 2011, J.B. Holmes recorded the double-eagle in tournament history. On the par-five 15th hole during the third round, Holmes holed his second shot from 213 yards with a 5-iron.
A glance at the field
· Twenty of the top 30 and 36 of the top 50 in the FedExCup standings are in the field, including seven of the top — 10: Hunter Mahan (1), Phil Mickelson (3), Carl Pettersson (4), Johnson Wagner (5), Rory McIlroy (6), Kyle Stanley (8) and Mark Wilson (9).
· Five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Rankings are in the field: Rory McIlroy (2), Lee Westwood (3), Hunter Mahan (5), Tiger Woods (7), Phil Mickelson (10).
· Eight of the nine former Wells Fargo Championship champions: Lucas Glover (2011), Rory McIlroy (2010), Sean O’Hair (2009), Anthony Kim (2008), Jim Furyk (2006), Vijay Singh (2005) and David Toms (2003).
· 15 of the 19 PGA TOUR winners in 2012: Johnson Wagner (Sony Open in Hawaii), Mark Wilson (Humana Challenge), Brandt Snedeker (Farmers Insurance Open); Kyle Stanley (Waste Management Phoenix Open); Phil Mickelson (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Bill Haas (Northern Trust Open), Hunter Mahan (WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and Shell Houston Open), John Huh (Mayakoba Golf Classic); Rory McIlroy (The Honda Classic), Justin Rose (World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship); George McNeill (Puerto Rico Open), Luke Donald (Transitions Championship), Tiger Woods (Arnold Palmer Invitational) and Ben Curtis (Valero Texas Open).
· Eighteen major championship winners in the field: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Angel Cabrera, Retief Goosen, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis, David Duval, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Davis Love III, Rory McIlroy, Geoff Ogilvy, David Toms, Mike Weir.
· Phil Mickelson tied for ninth in his eighth career start at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship. The lefthander owns the most top-10 finishes at the event with six (tied for fifth in 2004, tied for seventh in 2005, tied for third in 2007, tied for fourth in 2009, second in 2010 and tied for ninth in 2011).
· Tiger Woods owns three top-10 finishes in five starts at the Wells Fargo Championship, including a victory in 2007 when he defeated runner-up Steve Stricker by two strokes. In his last start at Quail Hollow, Woods missed the cut with rounds of 74-79 in 2010.
· Rory McIlroy owns the course record with a final-round 62 en route to victory in 2010.
· Anthony Kim owns the 72-hole scoring record at 272 (2008).
· Pat Perez’s 12-under 132 in 2011 set the Wells Fargo Championship tournament record for lowest first 36-hole score. The previous low was posted by Bill Haas (2011) and Bo Van Pelt (2006) at 10-under 134.
2012 PGA TOUR Highlights
· Johnson Wagner was voted the PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis for January thanks to a win at the Sony Open in Hawaii and two other top 10s.
· In 2012, victors have come back from deficits of seven (Brandt Snedeker/Farmers Insurance Open), eight (Kyle Stanley/Waste Management Phoenix Open), six (Phil Mickelson/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) and seven (John Huh/Mayakoba Golf Classic).
· With his 40th career PGA TOUR victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Phil Mickelson is now ninth all-time in PGA TOUR wins, surpassing Cary Middlecoff and Tom Watson. Walter Hagen is eighth with 45 victories.
· With his playoff victory at the 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic, rookie John Huh (21 years, 9 months, 5 days) became the youngest winner on TOUR since Rory McIlroy won the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship at the age of 20 years, 11 months, 28 days.
· Phil Mickelson was voted the PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis for February thanks to a victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and a runner-up finish at the Northern Trust Open.
· Americans won the first nine events of the 2012 PGA TOUR season before Rory McIlroy captured The Honda Classic. The last time Americans had a victory streak that long was during the 1991 season when U.S. players won the first 11 events until Ian Woosnam of Wales broke the streak with a win at the USF&G Classic, now known as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
· With his victory at The Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, taking over the top spot from Luke Donald. McIlroy (22 years, 10 months) became the second-youngest player to achieve the top spot. Only Tiger Woods was younger, moving into the No. 1 position on June 15, 1997 at the age of 21 years, 24 weeks. Two weeks after giving up his World No. 1 ranking, reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year Luke Donald re-gained the top spot after a four-way playoff victory at the Transitions Championship. McIlroy reclaimed the top spot after the RBC Heritage with Donald currently No. 1 after a third-place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
· Rory McIlroy became the third World No. 1 to also lead the FedExCup, joining Luke Donald (2011) and Tiger Woods (2007, 2008, 2009).
· England’s Justin Rose became the first European winner of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, edging Bubba Watson by one stroke.
· Through the Valero Texas Open, five of the 19 (six total wins) winners on the PGA TOUR have been under the age of 30: Kyle Stanley, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, John Huh and Rory McIlroy. In 2011, 16 players under the age of 30 accounted for 18 victories.
· Through the Valero Texas Open, 12 of the 19 PGA TOUR winners in 2012 were inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of January 1: Steve Stricker (6); Brandt Snedeker (38); Phil Mickelson (14); Bill Haas (27); Hunter Mahan/2 (19); Rory McIlroy (3); Justin Rose (18); Luke Donald (1); Tiger Woods(23); Bubba Watson (21); and Jason Dufner (33).
· With his win at the Shell Houston Open, Hunter Mahan now has five career wins, matching Dustin Johnson for most wins by a player under the age of 30. Current list of players with three or more wins: Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson (5), Bill Haas (4), Sean O’Hair (4), Anthony Kim (3). Haas won his fourth TOUR event earlier this year at the Northern Trust Open in playoff over Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.
· With his victory at the Shell Houston Open, Hunter Mahan moved atop the FedExCup standings, the fifth player to lead during 2012. Mahan is one of three players (Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson) to play at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola every year since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007.
· Bubba Watson defeated Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of sudden death to win the first major championship of the year at the Masters Tournament.
· Justin Rose was voted the PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis for March thanks to a victory at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and a T5 at the Honda Classic.
2012 PGA TOUR Fact Sheet
· The 2012 season marks the sixth year of the FedExCup, a season-long points race of 37 events over the course of 33 weeks, followed by four PGA TOUR Playoffs events to determine the FedExCup champion: The Barclays (Dustin Johnson), Deutsche Bank Championship (Webb Simpson), BMW Championship (Justin Rose), TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Bill Haas). Last year, Haas joined Jim Furyk (2010), Tiger Woods (2009 and 2007) and Vijay Singh (2008) as winners of the season-long FedExCup competition.
· The 45-event season concludes with the PGA TOUR Fall Series, a four-event series which begins with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and concludes with the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Additional 2012 fall events include the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (China) and CIMB Asia Pacific Classic (Malaysia).
· As of April 30, 29 of the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking were 2012 PGA TOUR members (Martin Kaymer).
· Including temporary members Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) and Peter Hanson (Sweden), there are 77 active international players from 21 countries that are members of the PGA TOUR in 2012.
· At the beginning of the season, 18 of 26 rookies were under the age of 30, with eight of those players under the age of 25. The youngest is Seung-yul Noh, who was 20 years, 7 months and 10 days on January 1.
· Notable graduates from the Nationwide Tour include two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, Billy Hurley III who recently completed his military obligation after his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy.
· On September 1 of 2011, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus announced the completion of unprecedented broadcast network television agreements that will secure the PGA TOUR’s television rights for the next 10 years. With the current deals running through 2012, the new nine-year agreements with CBS and NBC will extend from 2013 through the 2021 season, coinciding with the remaining years of the PGA TOUR’s exclusive 15-year cable television agreement with Golf Channel that began in 2007.
· Title sponsor extensions during 2012 calendar year: Honda (through 2016), Valero (2018), MasterCard (2016) and RBC Canadian Open (through 2017).