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PGA Tour confirms Wilmington stop in 2017


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's official. The PGA Tour is coming to Wilmington.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced today that the Wells Fargo Championship will be played in 2017 at Eagle Point Golf Club.

"We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase Wilmington to the rest of the world, and bottom line, we are going to knock it out of the park," Eagle Point president Bobby Long said.

Long, who has served as chairman of the foundation that runs the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, said the team at Eagle Point is well into planning for logistics, including things like parking and the volunteers that will be needed. He said the exposure Wilmington should get out of the international broadcast of the Wells Fargo Championship should be a big positive for the area.

The news came during an announcement that the Wells Fargo Championship will continue to be played at Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club through 2019. That course will host the PGA Championship in 2017, which made moving the Wells Fargo to Wilmington necessary.

"We are fortunate to have such an outstanding facility as Eagle Point to serve as our home for 2017," Finchem said.

Finchem said he is personally excited about the PGA's return to the Port City because he attended his first professional golf tournament as an 8-year-old in Wilmington watching Arnold Palmer play in the Azalea Open.

This will mark the PGA's first tour stop in Wilmington since the last Azalea Open in 1970. The tournament was an unofficial PGA event in 1971.

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Which year?

"This will mark the PGA's first tour stop in Wilmington since the last Azalea Open in 1971." (Unquote)
I thought it was 1970???
"The PGA Tour has not come to Wilmington since 1970".


It looks like both are correct. I've edited this story to clarify. It appears the last official event was the 1970 Azalea Open, but it was an unofficial tour stop in 1971, which was its final year.

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Azalea Open

You are exactly right. A few days before the last Azalea it was deemed unofficial because the purse had dropped from 60,000 in 70 to 35,000 in 71. Had it not been unofficial, George Johnson would have been the first black man to qualify for the Masters.

I wonder....

Is that the tournament where both Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead hit both of their T shots through the Country Club's kitchen window?

Did not happen

Did not happen here