Charlotte Happenings

MAY 2017

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THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP One of four major championships in the realm of men's professional golf, the PGA Championship is an international sporting spectacular that attracts players, media and spectators from around the globe. e PGA Championship routinely draws an overwhelming majority of golf 's top 100 players. In 2016, the field featured 73 foreign players from 24 different countries. More than 200 countries will broadcast coverage of this year's tournament, collectively reaching more than 500 million viewers. e PGA of America—a membership organization representing more than 28,000 male and female golf professionals—expects more than 1,000 media representatives to provide in-person coverage of the event. Since its inaugural tournament in 1916, the PGA Championship has evolved into a premier sporting event, earning the moniker of "e Season's Final Major" (previously "Glory's Last Shot"), as it's the final major golf tournament of the season following the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. e list of golfing greats who've jubilantly hoisted the 27-pound Wanamaker Trophy—named for the department store magnate who influenced the formation of the PGA of America—is impressive: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Payne Stewart, John Daly, Nick Price, Vijay Singh, Kenny Perry, Tiger Woods and Jason Day. Last year's PGA Championship winner, Jimmy Walker, is slated to defend his title at Quail Hollow this year. e 2016 purse was $10 million, and the tournament champion took home a cool $1.8 million in addition to a lifetime exemption into the PGA Championship, a five-year exemption onto the PGA Tour, and five-year exemptions into the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and e Players Championship. QUAIL HOLLOW CLUB – A TRUE TEST OF GOLF Quail Hollow brings Charlotte its first-ever major golf championship—and the first PGA Championship in North Carolina since 1974. e stunning course is considered by touring pros to be one of the finest in the Southeast to offer a tough but true test of golf. Quail Hollow's course was designed in 1961 by renowned golf course architect George Cobb. It was immediately recognized for its brilliance in reflecting the beautiful, challenging terrain of the Carolina Piedmont region. e course has seen modifications and enhancements throughout 28 MAY 2017

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