Report: PGA Tour event coming to Wilmington in 2017


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The PGA Tour is coming to Wilmington in 2017, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer.

The newspaper reports the Wells Fargo Championship will be played at Eagle Point Golf Club for one year. The tournament is coming to Wilmington because its usual home, the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, will host the PGA Championship that year.

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Other than 2017, the event will remain at Quail Hollow through 2019, the Observer reports, saying the PGA is expected to make official announcements tomorrow. A worker at Eagle Point said the club would have no comment until tomorrow, as well.

The possibility of the Wells Fargo coming to Eagle Point first surfaced almost a year ago. The course is regularly named one of the best in the country. The tournament would bring an estimated 35,000 a day to the area.

The PGA Tour has not come to Wilmington since 1971.

Due to instability in the banking industry, there was doubt a few years ago that the Wells Fargo tournament would remain in Charlotte after last spring’s event. The tournament, formerly sponsored by Wachovia, has been played at Quail Hollow since 2003.

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