Quail Hollow Championship: 5 Past Winners
A recent regular addition to the PGA Tour, reviewing the past five winners of the Quail Hollow Championship makes it clear that this tournament is taken very seriously by pro golfers. The course is home to the “Green Mile”—holes 16, 17 and 18—considered by many to be toughest finish on tour. As of 2010 the purse for the tournament was $6.5 million.
- 2006, Jim Furyk. In 2005 Furyk lost a playoff for the championship but finally broke through in 2006, shooting a 12-under 276. Of the past five winners, Furyk was the only one who needed a playoff to capture the victory. Furyk began the final round with a one-shot lead but by the 72nd hole was trailing Trevor Immelman by one. Immelman three-putted from 50 feet and Furyk was able to force a playoff, which he won on the first hole.
- 2007, Tiger Woods. Tiger started the work teamed with pal Michael Jordan in the pro-am, and finished with a 13-under 275. Woods entered the final round trailing Roy Sabbatini by one stroke but shot a 31 on the front nine. Woods faltered a bit down the stretch, but his par on the final hole sealed his 57th PGA Tour victory, the most accomplished of the past five winners.
- 2008, Anthony Kim. Kim set a tournament record 16-under 272 and at 22 became the youngest first-time winner on tour since 2001. Of the past five winners, Kim had a commanding finish. He shot 66 on Saturday and took a lead into the final round, where he had an excellent front nine. He stumbled a bit on the back, but still comfortably cruised to a five-stroke lead.
- 2009, Sean O’Hair. O’Hair shot an 11-under 277 to win the tournament in 2009. Of the past five winners, O’Hair had the most ground to make up, as he was three strokes behind the lead and the final round saw a crowd at the front, with six different players having a share of the lead. O’Hair bogeyed the final two difficult holes and was the leader in the clubhouse, securing the victory after Lucas Glover missed a birdie for the tie.
- 2010, Rory McIlroy. McIlroy notched his first tour win—and became the first European to win the tournament—shooting a 15-under 273. Of the past five winners, McIlroy had the most auspicious start, given that he made the cut on the number exactly. He played his final 36 holes in 16 under par, making 17 birdies and an eagle. Phil Mickelson finished four strokes back.