WILMINGTON, NC (MAY 7, 2017) – While a course renovation takes root at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte in preparation for hosting the PGA Championship in August, the Wells Fargo Championship moved this year to Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington. Phil Mickelson, birdied four of the last six holes Sunday to gain a share of 18th place.
“I really enjoyed the course,” he said. “A lot of movement in, fabulous conditioning and we had great crowds showing support for the event .”
He also enjoyed the start of the week. That began Monday with a practice round of Quail Hollow where since 2007 he was among the top 10 after 24 of 45 rounds and finished among the top five seven times.
“I like it, they’ve done a great job,” he said, “but it’s a hard golf course.”
The next morning he and Bones Mackay moved across town to Charlotte Country Club.
KPMG outings long have been a favorite of Phil’s and Tuesday’s was one of the best in his long association with the firm. Play was abbreviated due to a dreadful forecast and Phil played only one hole with each group. But that left extra time in the clubhouse.
Rather than the always entertaining Q&A session with the moderator and Phil, this time the moderator invited Bones onstage to join Phil in a version of the Newlywed Game. One question, two answers.
“Bones is entitled to one veto vote on a shot each year. Have you ever used it?”
Phil: “Once in awhile.”
Bones: “But there was one time when the veto was vetoed.”
In the final round in the 2015 Open Championship at Muirfield, Bones recalled, Phil was a fairway pot bunker on the final nine. Bones had his hand on a wedge but Phil insisted that if he got on his knees and opened the face of a 6-iron he could get it close to 20 feet for an eagle putt. Bones was thinking if the shot didn’t come off he’d have 20 feet for a double bogey.
Bones said he was using his veto vote. Phil said, “That’s only good for domestic use.”
Sure enough that shot was wide right, but Phil made a terrific recovery shot, birdied the hole and went on to win the Claret Jug.
This week he’s seeking his second Players Championship title at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL.