Mar 4, 2024 - Sports

Wells Fargo Championship gears up for final year as PGA Tour event's title sponsor

Wells Fargo Championship trophy.

Wells Fargo Championship trophy. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

March means PGA Tour golf is around the corner in Charlotte.

Why it matters: Thousands of people flock to Quail Hollow Club in south Charlotte in early May for the Wells Fargo Championship.

  • The tournament — which draws golf fans, celebrities and casual fans alike — is a place to see and be seen.
  • Plus, it provides an estimated economic impact of $75 million annually, per tournament organizers.

The intrigue: This is the final year the tournament will be called the Wells Fargo Championship. Wells Fargo announced in last December it would not continue its title sponsorship of the annual golf event.

  • A new title sponsor has not been announced

The big picture: Looking ahead, Charlotte will host the PGA Championship in 2025.

If you go: The Wells Fargo Championship runs May 6-12 at Quail Hollow Club (3700 Gleneagles Road).

What's new: Mobile sports betting will be legal in North Carolina by the time the Wells Fargo Championship tees off. Quail Hollow Club is partnering with ESPN BET, which will have a presence at the event between the No. 12 green and the No. 13 tee.

  • For golf fans, you'll notice an additional 30 yards to the length of the 16th hole. You'll also see a nearly 2,000-square-foot video board, which is 70% bigger than previous years.
  • Around 70 players will participate, meaning there's no cut and players will compete all four days rather than just Thursday and Friday for some. The purse is $20 million.
  • The Wedge: This used to be a practice green near hole 2. It will become a new public venue serving Piedmont Pit BBQ. It will also have a full full-bar.
  • Queen City Club will be accessible from tees No. 1 and 17, serving beverages and snacks.

Zoom out: Season two of Netflix's sports docuseries "Full Swing" comes out this week. It will feature last year's Wells Fargo Championship winner Wyndam Clark.

  • It was his first PGA Tour win. He went on to win the U.S. Open.
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