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Posted: 5/1/2012 1:57:42 PM

For the first time in its nine years as host of the Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club averaged under par in 2011. What has been one of the most difficult par 72s on the PGA TOUR checked in at a relatively benign 71.953.


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Even the infamous Green Mile -- holes 16, 17 and 18, a par 4-3-4=11 -- played its easiest in history, at just 0.777 strokes over par. This week, the member tee at the 17th will be employed in all four rounds. It's an angle that offers a more direct look at a green protected by water front and left. That should agree with the field of 156 given the suggestions golfers have made over the years asking for it.

"I think the players will be very excited by the move so we decided to do it," Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris told the Charlotte Observer on April 21.

Defending champion Lucas Glover exemplified the formula for success on the 7,469-yard track, leading the field in total distance of putts made. Indeed, putting and scrambling are vital at Quail Hollow.

Consider that of the 15 that finished in the top 10 on the leaderboard a year ago, only five ranked inside the top 25 in greens in regulation. Meanwhile, 12 finished inside the top 25 in fewest putts per round; 10 cracked the top 25 in total distance of putts made.

The fairways annually are among the most difficult to find. In 2011, the field averaged 47.64 percent, third-lowest of any event. The course has ranked inside the top five in five of the last six years. Yet, the challenge increases on the approach to the 6,500-square foot greens. In each of the last four years, Quail Hollow has ranked most difficult in proximity to the hole. Not surprisingly, it's a regular inside the top 10 most difficult in three-putt avoidance.

A light threat of rain early in the week would soften the turf but a dry tournament is forecast. Sunshine and high temperatures in the mid- to high 80s are expected. Winds should be light.

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Posted: 5/1/2012 7:07:42 PM
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Posted: 5/2/2012 2:01:29 AM
So what does it take to tackle this course? Perhaps the biggest asset this week will be ball striking. The three champions of the event, as well as the two participants in the playoff last year all ranked high in at least of two of the three ball striking disciplines - driving distance, driving accuracy, and greens in regulation. However, players looking to succeed at Quail Hollow will have to be particularly precise with their long irons, hybrids, and fairway woods. Looking through the ShotLink data I found that at each of the three events hosted at the course since 2003 about 25 percent of the approaches to the green measured over 200 yards. A significant increase compared to the other ShotLink events which averaged around 15 percent over the same period. Other factors that I found in common among players that finishing well at the Wachovia Championship were scrambling, putting average, and par-5 birdie or better percentage.
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Posted: 5/2/2012 2:04:38 AM
this info is a little older but from what i have read this still holds true, many 200+ shots this week
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