PGA Tour confirms Wilmington stop in 2017


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Submitted: Tue, 03/18/2014 - 3:28pm
Updated: Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:10pm
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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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