Monday, April 30, 2012

This Week in Golf April 30 to May 6: Wells Fargo Championship preview at Quail Hollow, LPGA Brazil Cup and more

PGA Tour

This week, the PGA Tour heads to the Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship.  The Wells Fargo marks the return of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both playing in their first tournament since a disappointing Masters.  Other players in the field include Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, and Keegan Bradley.  Quail Hollow is the site of McIlroy's first PGA Tour win, and Tiger has also won in the past (2007).  Defending champion Lucas Glover will be looking to get his 2012 season jumpstarted after an injury derailed his early tournaments.

Last week, Jason Dufner earned his first career PGA Tour win in a playoff against Ernie Els at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  Dufner won with a birdie on the second playoff hole (18).  With the win, Dufner moved inside the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.  Luke Donald regained the #1 World Ranking with his top-5 finish at the TPC.


This week, the LPGA Tour heads to Brazil for a short tournament, the HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup in Rio De Janeiro.  The players then have a week off before the top ladies head to New Jersey for the Sybase Match Play Championship.

At the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Alabama, Stacy Lewis earned another LPGA victory over teen sensation Lexi Thompson.  Lexi returned to the site of her final round collapse a year ago, and forced Lewis into a struggle through the last couple holes.  Lewis managed to par the final three holes and came away with a one stroke victory.

Nationwide Tour

The Nationwide Tour continues its swing through Georgia with the Stadion Classic at UGA.  Defending champion Russell Henley, who won last year as an amateur, is looking to get his 2012 season rejuvinated.  The course sets up for the longer hitters, so look for an exciting 4 round event.
Luke List enters this week off his first Nationwide Tour Win at the South Georgia Classic.  List had a storied amateur career that included a runner-up finish in the 2004 US Amateur Championship to current PGA Tour professional Ryan Moore.  The win gives List a strong shot at earning his PGA Tour card at the end of the season.

Champions Tour

The Champions Tour makes its next stop at the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands Country Club.  Brad Faxon enters the week as the defending champion, his lone Champions Tour victory.  The tour had the week off following the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

European Tour

The European Tour heads to Spain for the Reale Seguros Open De Espana.  Bernd Wiesberger won last week's Ballantines Championship in Korea.
  • Javier Ballesteros, son of the late Seve Ballesteros, made his professional debut at a Peugeot Open event in his native Spain.
  • Cameron Tringale enters this week's Wells Fargo Championship off 3 straight top-10 finishes
  • Rickie Fowler switched back to cross-handed putting and earned a high finish at last week's Zurich Classic
  • Russell Henley became only the second ever amateur winner on the Nationwide Tour last year at the Stadion Classic

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