Former #1 golfer in the world commits to Wells Fargo Championship


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ernie Els is one of six golfers to twice win both the U.S. Open and The British Open. In May he’ll be looking to win in Wilmington when the PGA Tour comes to Eagle Point Golf Club. Els and Patrick Reed are the latest pros to commit to the Wells Fargo Championship. Els has 19 career wins on the PGA Tour. Reed has five career wins on the PGA Tour.

Earlier this month the tournament announced the field would include North Carolina native Webb Simpson, who is an Eagle Point member, defending Wells Fargo champ James Hahn, who is ranked 25th in the world, defending Masters champ and World No. 14 Danny Willet and hall of famer, three-time major champ Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.

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Mickelson, a World Golf Hall of Fame member and winner of 42 career PGA Tour titles, will be competing in his 14th Wells Fargo Championship. He’s won five major championships, including three green jackets. He also hold the Wells Fargo Championship tournament record for the most top-ten finishes with nine. These include a third-place finish in both 2007 and 2013, a runner-up finish in 2010 and back-to-back fourth place finishes in both 2015 and 2016. Mickelson also holds the tournament record for most consecutive 36-hole cuts made with 13.

The Wells Fargo Championship is normally played at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, but the club is hosting the PGA Championship later this summer.Scott, who became the first Australian to win the Masters with his 2013 victory in Augusta, has won 13 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times in international competition, including two World Golf Championships. This will be Scott’s ninth start at the Wells Fargo Championship. His best finishes are a 3rd in 2006, a T8 in 2008 and a T17 last year.