THIS WEEK on the PGA TOUR: Wells Fargo Championship
COURSE: Quail Hollow Country Club (Charlotte, NC)
FEDEx CUP Points Available/Winner: 2,989/500
SOCIAL MEDIA: #PGATour #FedExCup @WellsFargoGolf
TV COVERAGE: Today: 2:00pm to 6:00pm (EDT) on Golf Channel. On Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9 - Golf Channel’s TV coverage will air from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (EDT), then CBS takes over coverage from 3:00pm to 6:00pm (EDT).
STREAMING: PGA Tour Live will offer streaming coverage of Featured Groups today from 7:00am to 6:00pm (EDT). On Saturday and Sunday, PGA Live Featured Groups runs from 8:00am to 3:00pm (EDT) with Featured Holes streaming from 3:00pm to 6:00pm (EDT).
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: Streaming Radio coverage today from 12:00pm Noon to 6:00pm (EDT); then Saturday and Sunday, 1:00pm to 6:00pm (EDT) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92) or online on PGATour.com.
How to Watch: (PGATourCom)
Wells Fargo Championship Notes:
Sooner or later, the players, fans, volunteers, administrators and media, who together make up the PGA Tour, knew the future Golf Hall-of-Famer Phil Mickelson would post a score. That day came Thursday!
Phil Mickelson today holds the opening-round lead at a PGA Tour event for the first time since the 2019 American Express, a span of 840 days. Mickelson’s 7-under (64) marks his lowest score on Tour since the second round of the 2020 Travelers Championship (63).
Mickelson has not finished inside the Top 20 in his 13 starts this season and his T-21 at the Masters Tournament marked Mickelson’s best finish of 2021.
Phil@50: The 44-time PGA Tour winner has yet to win on the Tour since turning 50 on June 16, 2020.
Keegan Bradley (66), and Peter Malnati (67) recorded bogey-free rounds.
On the Other End of the Spectrum: World No. 3 Jon Rahm posted a 5-over (76), ending his streak of eight consecutive par-or-better rounds dating back to his final-round (73) at THE PLAYERS Championship. Rahm currently leads the Tour for consecutive cuts made (22) and has only one missed cut since June 1, 2019 (2020 Charles Schwab Challenge).
Defending champion Max Homa recorded a 6-over (77), his highest score in 10 rounds at the Wells Fargo Championship and his highest score on Tour since a (78) in the first round of the 2020 U.S. Open.
Quail Hollow resident Webb Simpson was forced to withdraw with a neck strain.
Wells Fargo Championship Leaderboard After First Round
Phil Mickelson 64 (-7)
K.H. Lee 66 (-5)
Keegan Bradley 66 (-5)
Six players at 4-under 67
Tournament Tee Times continue today from 6:50am (EDT) through 2:22pm (EDT).
Weather: Today and Saturday should be mostly sunny, 58-64-degrees, with a 10% chance of rain Friday and 0% on Saturday. Forecast for Sunday is for partly cloudy skies, 74-degrees and 14 mph winds.
PGATourBrunch will be posting before 8:00am (EDT) Saturday.
Next Week: AT&T Byron Nelson (McKinney, Texas)
What They’re Saying:
Mickelson Leads by Two (PGATourCom/Associated Press)
Mickelson Takes Early Lead at Wells Fargo (Yahoo Sports)
Mickelson Regained His Focus (GolfCom)
Fowler Solid in Return (PGATourCom)
Webb Simpson WD (PGATourCom)
Cut Prediction (PGATourCom)
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Hank Haney Lawsuit Reveals PGA Tour/LPGA TV Revenue Gap (The Athletic)
On This Day in Golf History:
May 7, 2006 -Jim Furyk won his 11th PGA Tour title at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow - the same course being utilized today. Furyk defeated Trevor Immelman on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Immelman had to two-putt from 50 feet on the final hole of regulation to earn his first-ever tournament on the United States, but missed a 10-foot par putt to fall into the playoff. After Immelman’s tee shot found deep rough and Furyk made a six foot par putt to claim victory and a $1.134m first place check. (Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE).
PHIL was PHEELIN’ IT!