With the ongoing drama about the poor condition of the putting surfaces at the Quail Hollow Club, the home of the Wells Fargo Championship, no less than 10 players have withdrawn prior to the start of the tournament. Although none have said specifically that it is because of the greens, this is an usually high number of players to have the typical “injuries” that causes players to withdraw pre-tournament.
- Ian Poulter
- Dustin Johnson
- Freddie Jacobson
- David Toms
- Jeff Overton
- William McGirt
- Retief Goosen
- Ben Crane
- Mark Wilson
- Vijay Singh
Singh’s withdrawal comes on the heels of a PGA Tour announcement stating that he will not be penalized for using Deer Antler Spray.
As for the other players, there are a high number of good putters on the list. Poulter, Jacobson, Toms, Crane and Wilson are players who count their putting as a strength of their game. Goosen won the 2004 US Open with an all-time great putting performance on the greens at Shinnecock Hills, which were nearly unplayable.
Also absent from the tournament is 2007 champion, Tiger Woods. He did not commit to the tournament but has played each year since the tournament began expect for 2008 and 2011 when he was injured.
It’s hard for me to believe that the condition of the greens has nothing to do with the massive number of players dropping out. Toms, Singh and Woods are all past champions as well. Again, nearly all of the players will cite some injury as the reason for the withdraw, but make no mistake, poor greens are the primary reason.