Category: Wells Fargo Championship

May 03, 2013

Monday-qualifier Smith starts Wells Fargo 'prank' war

Posted at 5:02 PM by Cameron Morfit

Natesmith_300Nate Smith was feeling pretty good about himself after he shot 63 to Monday qualify for this week's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. So good, in fact, he decided to have a little fun with his friend James Hahn, who was already in the field, according to a report by Stephanie Wei.

Smith bought a walkie-talkie, turned it on, and secretly stuffed it in Hahn's bag, then started filling the airwaves with bizarre commentary as Hahn hit balls on the driving range Wednesday.

James heard noises coming from his bag, but he found it and then hooked it to his pants while he continued to hit balls and tried to figure out who the culprit was.

“Are you wearing boxers or briefs?” said Nate through the walkie-talkie as James was mid-swing.

Eventually, Nate cracked and told James it was him.

Hahn got his revenge on Smith later Wednesday when Hahn spotted Smith's new golf bag, which he planned to use for the week, in the locker room. Hahn taped a note on the bag asking players to sign it for charity, and when Smith saw the note on the bag, he decided to leave it overnight to see what would happen. When he got to the course Thursday there were more than 60 signatures.  

He shot an opening-round 67 while using the bag, but came back with a second-round 74 Friday and was at 3 under for the tournament, still within sight of the leaders.

“The best one might be the one that says ‘happy birthday,’ because it’s definitely not my birthday until August 7th,” said Nate, who was a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2011.  But I saw Stuart Appleby’s on there because it says 59. Then Camilo (Villegas) has one on here that’s kind of cool.

“It’s hard to make them out, but I haven’t checked them out because I was busy playing golf. But I’ll try to do something with the bag afterwards. Maybe I actually will put it towards charity now that I’ve used it or give it to somebody to keep it.”

Photo via Stephanie Wei at
May 07, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Rickie's first win, Rory turns 23

Posted at 12:18 PM by Jillian Whalen

Check out all the pros who congratulated Rickie Fowler for his first ever PGA Tour win at the Wells Fargo Championship this past weekend.


Rory McIlory celebrated his 23rd birthday this weekend and returned to the No. 1 spot in world rankings. Sounds like a good birthday to me.

Take a look at some behind-the-scenes footage of Rickie Fowler's new commercial for Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts and see why it's "Good to be Rickie."

Car junkie and Ferrari owner Ian Poulter was in his element this week.



May 06, 2012

Final-round highlights from Rickie Fowler's win at 2012 Wells Fargo Championship

Posted at 9:59 PM by

Here are the final-round highlights from Rickie Fowler's win at the Wells Fargo Championship, where he defeated Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in the first hole of sudden death.

April 28, 2012

Report: Tiger Woods to answer questions from fans, not media, at Quail Hollow

Posted at 2:10 PM by

Tiger600As he usually does, Tiger Woods will answer questions next week before the start of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. What's unusual is who will be asking the questions.

Instead of taking questions from the media, Woods will only answer questions from his fans. According to, Woods will post a video on his website Monday and answer questions from Facebook and Twitter.

"We've been thinking about this for a couple of months now," Woods's agent Mark Steinberg told on Friday night. "We wanted to have a little bit more direct interaction with fans, and they've been very good to him over the years. We're probably a little bit behind with social media and this is a way to do that."

Steinberg said it was not a response to any negative media coverage, and Woods would only do this a few times a year. Steinberg also said Woods would continue to meet with the media after his rounds, and before the start of major championships.

Woods returns to Quail Hollow for the first time since 2010. He is coming off his worst finish (T40) at the Masters since he turned pro. Woods is also scheduled to play the following week at the Players Championship.

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(Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images)

April 11, 2012

Tiger Woods says actions at Masters were ‘wrong,’ commits to Charlotte event

Posted at 4:48 PM by Mike Walker

TigerTiger Woods apologized on his website for losing his cool on Friday at the Masters, where he kicked a club in frustration en route to shooting a disappointing 75. Woods finished five over for the week, his worst Masters result as a professional.

One thing I would like to say about the Masters last week is that obviously I got frustrated at times and know some of my actions were wrong, especially at No. 16. The Masters means a lot to me, and I was trying as hard as I could. I'm out there competing. I grind every day, and my expectations are to do my best. It's very disappointing when that doesn't happen.

I felt good starting out the week at Augusta. My practice sessions were good and so was my short game. My putting felt very solid, unfortunately I just did not hit the ball well. I fell into some of my old patterns again, which was frustrating. You can't play well every week, even though we would like to. Unfortunately, I had a bad ball-striking week at the wrong time.

Oh man, it was such a great atmosphere to play. The people were so fantastic, nice and supportive. They were trying to get me to play well. Unfortunately, I just couldn't quite get it done. The good news is that my left leg held up great, and I didn't have any problems.

Woods also announced he’d be playing at the Wells Fargo Championship and the Players Championship in May after taking a short break from golf.

I have decided to commit to the Wells Fargo Championship, May 3-6, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., and THE PLAYERS Championship, May 10-13, at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. I've been fortunate to win both tournaments -- Wells Fargo in 2007 and THE PLAYERS in 2003. Both have fantastic fields, and I look forward to competing.

Sean [Foley] and I have some work to do, but I'm going to take some time off and not look at the clubs for a while and then get back after it. I know what to work on. It's just a matter of getting out there and doing it. Just putting in the reps and the time. I just wasn't able to do it at the Masters.

Woods, who was seeking his fifth green jacket at the Masters, congratulated first time winner Bubba Watson, and also offered a detailed description of how Watson pulled off that hook shot from the trees on the second playoff hole to set up the victory.

Congratulations to Bubba Watson for winning. We used to play a lot of practice rounds together. If you think about it, for a lefty, that shot on No. 10 didn't sit up too badly for him. It was a hook lie, and on top of that, he's firing it into the hill, because that green goes from right to left. So whatever type of hook he hits is actually going to be killed into the slope.

The only thing I was curious to see was how far down there he drove it and whether he was going to have to hit a short iron or mid-iron. If he hits a mid-iron in there, he can't stop it because it's coming in there too hot. If it's a short iron, he can spin it even if you hook it that much. He makes the golf ball move a lot, which in this day and age is really hard to do because the golf balls just don't move that much. For him to curve it as much as he does, obviously he's got a tremendous feel for his shots. He plays a way that a lot of the older players used to do it, but they did it with a ball that moved a lot more. It's a lot harder to move the ball the way he does with this ball now. The golf ball just doesn't spin as much. You have to have tremendous club-head speed, and he's got that.

(Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)

May 05, 2011

David Toms talks 5-wood and the Hall of Fame

Posted at 5:05 PM by Damon Hack

Toms CHARLOTTE – The 5-wood sits in David Toms’s game room in Shreveport, La., a piece of history from the greatest golfing week of his life. Ten years ago, at the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Toms used the 5-wood to make a hole in one in the third round, a shot that propelled him to his lone major championship. Atlanta Athletic Club is hosting the PGA again in August. The 5-wood is staying put.

“My wife made it look like it’s one of those historical clubs,” Toms said Thursday. (After an opening round of six-under 66 at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, he was tied for the early lead.) “It looks like it’s an antique, but it’s a half-graphite, half-steel shaft, so it looks kind of funny sitting in that case.”

Toms doesn’t carry the old 5-wood anymore, but he still hits fairway woods with the best of them. In the era of the big bomber, the 44-year-old Toms doesn’t have a choice.

On Thursday, Toms hit fairway woods into three par-4s – on No. 3, 4 and 9 – and played the holes in even par.

“I’m just older,” said Toms, who won here in 2003. “I probably hit the ball the same distance with technology and everything, so the golf courses have gotten longer. This one has certainly gotten longer.”

Toms, who has 12 PGA Tour victories, is on the outside of any Hall of Fame discussion, but he admits to thinking about the honor sometimes. When he defeated Phil Mickelson by a shot at the 2001 PGA by laying up on a par-4 and saving par with a wedge, Toms appeared to be on his way. The championship was one of three PGA Tour events he won that year.

Since then, the wins have been harder to come by as longer courses and younger players have conspired against him.

“I’ve been on the [Hall of Fame] ballot before and got axed, so I need to play a little bit better,” Toms said. “I’d love to win another golf tournament. I’ve been stuck on 12 for a long time. But that’s what motivates me to come out here and play. I’m just going to go out and play each shot the best I can.”

(Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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