Golf’s Biggest Stars Share Spotlight With Local Celebs

CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte’s only PGA event tees off Thursday.  But Wednesday, PGA stars shared the spotlight.

The Wells Fargo Championship golf experience Wednesday sees the starts of the game play with notable names of Charlotte.  Football coaches Ron Rivera and John Fox, NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, and even Governor Pat McCrory teed up in Wednesday’s program.

“I don’t get nervous when I give my State of the State speech or talking to 8,000 people, but on that first tee, I’m a wreck,” said Governor McCrory.  “It’s a hard game, and I admit I’m not that good at it.”

McCrory says he loves the positive buzz the PGA tour brings to the area.

“When the blimp shots of Charlotte and Quail Hollow, a lot of people say, ‘Wow, I want to live there,’ or ‘I want to move my business there,'” said the Governor.

A star-studded celebrity pairing in the afternoon: Panthers player Ryan Kalil was in the gallery to watch his head coach nervously begin his round.

“That first tee shot, without a doubt,” said Rivera.  “I have played in a Super Bowl, coached a Super Bowl.  It doesn’t compare to being the only guy up there with all those people watching.”

“Racing is pretty serious,” said Waltrip.  “I caught on fire once.  I ain’t ever caught on fire golfing, so, what do I care?”

Players signed autographs and gave away golf balls to kids in a very loose and fun-loving atmosphere.  But things will turn much more serious Thursday when a $1.27 million first place check is on the line.