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Wells Fargo Championship tees off at Quail Hollow Club

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The local celebrities and sports figures had their time on the course, now it's time for the pros to take over.

For the 11th straight year, Quail Hollow Club in South Charlotte is hosting the Wells Fargo Championship. The first golf trio teed off at 7am. The last trio takes their first swings at 2:25pm. To see when your favorite golfer tees off, click here.

At stake for the golfers this weekend, a share of the $6.7 million purse. The winner will get $1.2 million of the pot.

Fans attending this year's tournament will hope for a repeat of last year's drama on the course. In the 2012 tournament, three players were tied after 18 holes on Sunday: Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and D-A Points. Fowler ended up winning his first ever PGA title with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

The latest winner on this year's tour shares something in common with Fowler. Last week, Billy Horschel won the Zurich Classic for his first PGA Tour title. Horschel will not play this weekend.

Fans looking for Tiger Woods, won't find him at Quail Hollow this weekend. The 2007 Wells Fargo winner is skipping the tournament, citing a need for rest. Woods says he usually takes three weeks off after the Masters. Due to a scheduling change, this year's Wells Fargo Championship is taking place two weeks after the Masters.

One subject that has been a big topic of conversation at the course this week is the condition of the greens. According to published reports, notes were posted in the locker rooms at Quail Hollow Club earlier this week, alerting players to treat some of the greens with kid gloves during practice rounds. Analysts say right now, six greens could create potential problems and alter approaches to the hole.

According to Golf Week Magazine, the greens at holes eight and ten weren't just dormant last week. They were dead. A bad winter, unseasonably cool temperatures during the spring and little sunshine exacerbated the problem. All matters of rescue did not help, including having both greens tented. So, for the 1st time in 30 years, officials dug up the greens and resodded them. The same report indicates that holes 9, 12, 13 and 16 have trouble spots. In Monday's pro-am, temporary greens were used at 8, 10, 12 and 13. Players were asked not to hit more than one approach shot during Tuesday's practice rounds. They were asked to limit putting on the greens, as well. The magazine reports trouble spots could lead to tournament officials shortening some of the holes to allow players to use wedges and 9-irons, instead of 4 and 3-irons.

Before you head out to the tournament, make sure to check the forecast. Click here for the latest temperatures and conditions. Also, so you're in the know while on the course, be sure to download the WBTV weather app on your Android device or iPhone.

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