April 29, 2013

Pro-am a welcome option

Monday was pro-am day at Quail Hollow Club for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

Monday was pro-am day at Quail Hollow Club for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

The biggest gallery for the event followed pro Camilo Villegas, Panthers coach Ron Rivera, Charlotte 49ers football coach Brad Lambert, former NBA star Dell Curry and Charlotte police chief Rodney Monroe. Lambert’s caddie was 49ers offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen.

Mullen was pleased to be able to spend the day on the golf course instead of, potentially, recruiting.

“Living the dream,” he said. “I’d probably be at eight high schools today!”

There is another pro-am scheduled for Wednesday, with more focus on football. Denver Broncos coach John Fox and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney will play.

McIlroy carries for children’s hospital

Rory McIlroy will carry a branded bag on behalf of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital during the tournament, part of McIlroy’s “6 Bags Charity Project.” He is carrying logos on his bags of various charities, and has already benefited the Northern Ireland Cancer for Children at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January. He will carry branded bags at four more tournaments this year.

Chip shots

Players are being limited in how they can practice on the eighth, 10th, 12th and 13th greens. They were greeted with a posted notice in the locker room Monday that they can hit onto those greens once and then take a limited number of putts. Nos. 8 and 10 have recently been resodded, while 12 and 13 have thin patches. They’re all expected to be ready for Thursday’s first round. ...

The biggest change for fans this week is the addition of a grassy sloped area by the 18th green and 10th tee that has been turned into a gathering spot with concessions and a Jumbotron for viewing. ...

Four players withdrew Monday: former champion David Toms, Freddie Jacobson, Jeff Overton and Mark Wilson. They’ll be replaced by alternates Jeff Gove, Eric Meirdierks, Michael Letzig and Derek Ernst.

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