April 25 2011
The Wells Fargo Championship has recruited a special guest to play in its Wednesday pro-am -- the legendary Arnold Palmer.
Palmer will be paired with his grandson, Sam Saunders, who received a sponsor's exemption into the tournament, and John Harris, the president of the host Quail Hollow Club. The threesome will tee off around 12:15 p.m. ET.
"We are honored Mr. Palmer will be joining us during the tournament and will be part of our pro-am," said Wells Fargo Championship Executive Director Kym Hougham. "Not only will Wednesday be a special day for all of the fans but it will be a memorable day in the history of this tournament."
Palmer, who is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, last played a public round of golf in Charlotte at the 2001 Home Depot Invitational held at TPC Piper Glen. He also played in the pro-am at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. earlier this year.
Palmer is extremely well acquainted with Quail Hollow and even oversaw the modification of several holes at the club in 1986. Palmer played in 10 Kemper Opens on the PGA TOUR held there with a best finish of a tie for fifth. He also competed in the Champions Tour's World Seniors Invitational on six occasions -- finishing second once and third twice among five top-10s.
NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson is also competing in the Wednesday pro-am while fellow driver Denny Hamlin will be playing in the Monday event. Johnson, who picked up his 54th Sprint Cup win earlier this year, drives the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Hamlin, a 16-time champ, drives the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.