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Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

Posted on: April 24, 2009 11:24 am
Edited on: April 24, 2009 12:30 pm

Tiger Woods, whatever the state of his game, is returning next week in the rechristened tournament in Charlotte, N.C., whatever the state of its name.

Woods on Friday morning finally committed to play in the former Wachovia Championship, now renamed the Quail Hollow Championship after the host club.

In a way, Woods will be defending a title of sorts, depending on your preferred time continuum. He won at Quail Hollow in 2007 despite blowing a three-stroke lead on the back nine, yet skipped the event last year after undergoing post-Masters knee surgery. Anthony Kim won his first PGA Tour title in Charlotte last year.

Woods finished T3 in 2004 and T11 in 2005 in Charlotte. Wells Fargo, the parent company of sponsor Wachovia, declined to put its name on the tournament this year, fearing it would get critically shredded for staging a tournament with public bailout funds.

Woods' commitment means the TARP City field field will include seven of the top 10 players in the world rankings, and five of the top six. The only top-six player skipping the tournament is Masters runner-up Kenny Perry, who is serving as a grand marshal with father, Ken, at the Kentucky Derby parade next week.

Phil Mickelson (No. 2), Sergio Garcia (3), Geoff Ogilvy (4), Padraig Harrington (6), 2005 champion Vijay Singh (8) and Camilo Villegas (10) are also in the field. Masters winner Angel Cabrera also committed.

This marks the first of an expected two consecutive weeks of competition for Woods, who also is expected to play May 7-10 at the Players Championship, an event he has won only once.



Category: Golf
Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2009 5:22 am
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Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2009 1:24 pm

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

Steve . . . It was actually post U.S. Open surgery (not post Masters) as he actually won at Torrey Pines . . .

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2009 1:06 am

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

Don't forget Charlotte is the home of Bank of America corporate headquarters.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2009 12:07 am

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

I know what TARP is.  Earlier this year I was jokingly calling this tournament the Government Bailout Open (GBO).  Like you said Wells Fargo/Wachovia panicked especially after the Northern Trust Open in LA earlier this year where they were wining and dining clients.   This is a great tournament with great finishing holes.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2009 7:11 pm

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

Why drag TARP into it?  Serious, WellsFargo is actually one of the banks that's doing something right and had been before all the TARP hit the fan. The PGA needs to hold on to premier sponsors and advertising participation. People are not going to boycot a golf event that WellsFargo has their name on, so long as they don't send their entire Account Management and senior executive team to a week long outing at the course and shell out outrageous bucks for caviar and champagne. The PGA should display some golf "balls" in this case and participate in speaking up to support a sponsor selection process and partnership.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2009 6:31 pm

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

It's making fun of the fact that Charlotte is a Major banking city. (or was one)

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2009 4:01 pm

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

You guys were actually serious. I thought you were kidding, but somehow you are living in this country, intelligent enough to read and write AND have access to the internet and you don't know what TARP is. That is pretty impressive right there.

Wells Fargo took money that they intend to payback. They have several time stated that they didn't need the money, but was pressured into taking them. They are turning a profit and took over a failing bank in Wachovia. Wells Fargo unfortunately fell to a belief in public pressure to come. This wouldn't have been like AIG or Citibank sponsoring an event and I think it is a HUGE mistake.

This tournament is turning out to have a fantastic field and I wish I could be there. I was there the inagural year as I lived a block away - this year quite a bit aways.

Hope it is a fantastic tournament and I hope it survives. The Wachovia tournament came out of nowhere and has been very well liked by many players for the past few years

Since: Apr 15, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2009 2:38 pm

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

TARP has something to do with the 'bailout' of banks, car companies, etc.  he was grousing about it this morning on XM 146.  that's why wells fargo doesn't want to put it's name on the tournament even though they are sponsoring it, so people are not angered by all the cash they spend on the tournament which will be paid in some way by 'TARP'  or bailout funds.  Hope this helps. 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 1:58 pm

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

Sorry. Didnt read enough into it......You are right. DOPE! 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 1:55 pm

Woods to defend next week in Charlotte, sort of

 Guys, I believe he was referring to the name of the tournament. Since Wells Fargo will not be putting their name on it this year.

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