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In terms of PGA Tour history, Quail Hollow is an infant. This course has not been in the Tour rotation for any length of time, these links have a relatively short history when compared to the historic venues of professional golf, and we find a severe lack of depth in analysis of historic leaderboards as a result. However, a quick dive into this week's field of competitors indicates the respect for Quail Hollow is as strong as any of the non-major hosts on the schedule. The game's elite appreciate this course as it demands a complete performance from the victor. It is a venue that, much more often than not, allows the most talented golfers in the world to shine. Quail Hollow may not be steeped in historic allure, but the best in the game are more than happy to include this event on their annual itineraries, indicating this tourney will be as entertaining and competitive as any we may witness this season. The golf course officially opened on June 3, 1961, but the official clubhouse would not open for six more years. Shortly after the completion of all facilities, the club lured and became the host for the PGA's Kemper Open Invitational, and it has been a staple in the PGA schedule ever since. The course underwent a dramatic reconstruction in 1997 under the watchful guidance of Tom Fazio, a renowned golf architect who has helped formulate some of the world's most famous course layouts (he was the guide for the most recent renovations at Augusta National, home of The Masters, and also developed designs used at Jupiter Hills in Florida, Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Barton Creek in Texas, and the multitude of course at the Pinehurst facility), developments that led the Tour to mark Quail Creek as the point of desire for annual visits. As a result, the club has been serving as the host for the Wachovia Championship since 2003, and the design of Fazio still stands as one of the pristine mixtures of challenge and beauty on the Tour today. This season's field may be the most competitive we've seen in some time. Tiger Woods was scheduled to appear but injury has forced early withdrawal. However, he is one of few from the game's elite class taking a pass. Defending champ Rory McIlroy will be on hand to defend his title against the bulk of the world's top-ranked duffers, including Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson, last week's winner Bubba Watson, and more. The list of recent winners indicates this course could serve as a stepping stone for another member of the game's up-and-coming superstars, and more than a few are taking part. The ability to hit long is an obvious thread of comparison between those winners, but you'll also find some of the game's long-established greats near the top of those final leaderboards, indicating skills in putting and accuracy can be just as influential in achieving success at Quail Hollow.

Golfers listed in this article:
  1. Rory McIlroy
  2. Phil Mickelson
  3. Martin Kaymer
  4. Jim Furyk
  5. Anthony Kim
  6. Paul Casey
  7. Dustin Johnson
  8. Angel Cabrera
  9. Hunter Mahan
  10. Rickie Fowler
  11. Robert Allenby
  12. Camilo Villegas
  13. Padraig Harrington
  14. Nick Watney
  15. Lucas Glover
  16. Brendon de Jonge
  17. Justin Rose
  18. Edoardo Molinari
  19. Bubba Watson
  20. Geoff Ogilvy
  21. Sergio Garcia
  22. Tim Clark
  23. Bill Haas
  24. Pat Perez
  25. Ryan Moore
  26. Matthew Jones
  27. Martin Laird
  28. Stephen Marino
  29. David Toms
  30. Bo Van Pelt
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