As Ian Poulter tweeted yesterday,
“They would not have been in acceptable condition,” Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour’s chief of operations, said Tuesday. “It was rather an extraordinary step.”
Robert Karlsson, who lives in Charlotte, and Johnson Wagner, a Quail Hollow member, agreed with Pazder that the two holes were not up to Tour standards. Both players said that sections of the 12th and 13th greens were not Tour-quality, either.
Karlsson played Quail Hollow on Friday and said the No. 8 green, which recently had been redesigned, was merely passable, with certain areas – notably the center and left center of the putting surface – questionable.
The story was also reported on Morning Drive Tuesday morning:
Perhaps this is part of the reason for Tiger Woods’ decision to not play the Charlotte event. It might also be that Woods generally likes to take three weeks off after The Masters. Usually the Wells Fargo Championship falls four weeks after the Masters and Woods plays there before The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra, FL.
This year’s calendar is a bit different with an extra week before the Masters, when the Valero Texas Open was played. In the past, that event had been played after the RBC Heritage, which is usually played the week after The Masters.
That means the next time Tiger Woods plays on the PGA Tour will be The Players Championship May 9-12. After that, he’ll likely play The Memorial, his usual tune-up for the US Open.