This may be the first time that Quail Hollow has ever hosted a major, but the course is far from a stranger to this year’s PGA Championship field.
Between 2003-2016, Quail Hollow was home to a PGA Tour event known first as the Wachovia Championship and later as the Wells Fargo Championship — a tournament that was generally thought of as a mini-major.
So how are the champions of those 14 tournaments faring in the new and improved course this time around?
Only eight of the 13 past champions are in the field for the PGA Championship. And midway through the second round of the tournament, their past experience hasn't been enough, for the most part.
Rory McIlroy — who has won twice at Quail Hollow and finished in the Top 10 in six of his seven starts at the course — flirted with the cut line Friday before finishing with two birdies in his final three holes to sit at 2-over for the tournament.
When he finished his second round, Fowler was the only former champion under par in the tournament, and was tied for third place, five shots behind Kevin Kisner.
Here's how the rest of the past Quail Hollow champions are doing at the 99th PGA Championship:
|2003||David Toms||Not playing|
|2004||Joey Sindelar||Not playing|
|2005||Vijay Singh||3-over through Rd. 2|
|2006||Jim Furyk||10-over through Rd. 2|
|2007||Tiger Woods||Not playing|
|2008||Anthony Kim||Not playing|
|2009||Sean O'Hair||4-over through Rd. 2|
|2010||Rory McIlroy||2-over through Rd. 2|
|2011||Lucas Glover||3-over through Rd. 2|
|2012||Rickie Fowler||3-under through Rd. 2|
|2013||Derek Ernst||Not playing|
|2014||J.B. Holmes||5-over through Rd. 2|
|2015||Rory McIlroy||2-over through Rd. 2|
|2016||James Hahn||1-over through Rd. 2|