Wells Fargo tourney back in Charlotte, but players have fond memories of Wilmington

Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte is the site of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. (Source: WECT)
Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte is the site of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. (Source: WECT)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WECT) - The 2017 Wells Fargo Championship was the largest sporting event Wilmington has hosted in decades.

A year later, the tournament has returned to Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but Wilmington hasn't been forgotten.

"I think people in Wilmington are still talking about the tournament," General Chairman of the Wells Fargo Championship Mac Everett said on Monday. "We continue to talk to people here about how successful it was."

The contract for Wells Fargo to be the tournament's title sponsor ends after the 2019 event.

If a new contract is signed, could Eagle Point Golf Club, site of the 2017 tourney, be used to host another PGA Tour event?

"Wilmington as a host city, host club was just awesome," said Everett. "It will just depend on what the contract of a new agreement will be. Who knows what that might be? We have the 2021 Presidents Cup here at Quail Hollow. We'll have another PGA Championship down the road for sure."

While tournament officials are noncommittal about a return to Wilmington, the players seem open to it.

"There were rave reviews about going down to Wilmington," said 2016 Wells Fargo Champion James Hahn. "The course was in great shape. I think if I remember, (the wind) was blowing 30 miles per hour, which made it tough for us."

"If the PGA Tour ever needs a course to play because of a major or a Ryder Cup or because of renovation or anything else, Eagle Point is going to be at the top of the list," Billy Hurley III added. "I think everyone would be more than willing to go back there."

Last year's Wells Fargo tournament was the first PGA Tour event in Wilmington since Cape Fear Country Club hosted the 1971 Azalea Open.

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