The PGA Tour is coming back to the nation's capital -- for one year, at least.
The 2021 Wells Fargo Championship will leave its normal home, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., for that year's edition as the club prepares to host the 2021 Presidents Cup. TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm will step in and host the event that May. The PGA Tour announced the one-off switch as part of a new five-year extension for Wells Fargo to remain title sponsor of the tournament.
Quail Hollow didn't host the 2017 edition of the event, either, with Wilmington's Eagle Point Golf Club hosting so the Charlotte club could prepare to play host to that year's PGA Championship in August.
It's thought Quail Hollow is a likely candidate to again host the PGA Championship, and it could be slotted into 2026 or 2030. There has been talk for years of the club's potential desire to only host one-off, major events rather than an annual PGA Tour stop. However, this new five-year deal extends the club's hosting duties to 2024.
“From the beginning, our goal was to create an exciting environment for the players, patrons, and partners as we gather to celebrate the game of golf and incorporate the tremendous support of the community," said Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris. "We are so honored by the success of this annual event and are grateful for all who have helped us along the way. We have been fortunate to host the best players in the world and are looking forward to welcoming them back for years to come.”
For PGA Tour fans in the DMV (the District, Maryland and Virginia) region, the return of a regular stop may be years out into the future -- at least beyond 2021. With the new PGA Tour schedule shifting the start of the season to September at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, perhaps a tournament in the D.C. or Baltimore area could make a great 1-2 punch to begin the campaign.