PGA Leaders Say Championship Could Return to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – In just a few hours, the first round of the PGA Championship gets underway at Quail Hollow.

Already, PGA officials say they’d like to bring the event back to Charlotte in a few years.

“Charlotte has just rolled out the red carpet. This has the makings to be a really wonderful championship,” says CEO of PGA of America, Peter Bevacqua.

“We, of course, need to get through this week. But I would tell you, and I even said this yesterday, we can’t wait to get back here. I think it’s a hundred percent in our plans to bring the PGA Championship back to Quail Hollow,” Bevacqua says.

16 months of work has gone into getting the golf course ready for the next four days.

“Now, the tide will kinda turn. Tomorrow things get serious around here and it starts to count,” says Championship Director Jason Mengel.

He says the golf course is holding up well to this point.

“We’ve had some rain throughout the week, so maybe the areas that the spectators are going in have gotten a little trampled down or muddy, but it hasn’t affected everybody’s good time at all,” he says.

Over 200,000 fans are expected to attend.

TV coverage will reach over 570 million households in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.

“It’s a big deal. It’s a lot of eyeballs on this community. And if the last three days are any indication, the support we’ve received will make Charlotte shine on the world stage,” Mengel says.