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Saturday
May042013

PGA Tour REALLY Moves Up Wells Fargo Tee Times

According to Helen Ross, Wells Fargo Championship leaders are going off at 8:46 am to try and beat a cold, wet forecast Sunday and Monday at Quail Hollow.

Tournament officials have moved tee times up dramatically to try to beat the deluge or at least open up the window of opportunity. Players will be sent off Nos. 1 and 10, and Mickelson, Watney and McNeill will bring up the rear at 8:46 a.m. ET.

The fear is that the tender greens, which took the brunt of a unseasonably long and unusually cold winter, could become unplayable if the rain is as heavy as expected. That left players in contention scrambling to improve their position on the leaderboard down the stretch on Saturday.

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Reader Comments (14)

Tough week for the tournament. Even if the greens had been good, the weather has sucked, now this storm is making a bad thing worse. Could even be a Monday finish, and -no surprise- Monday forecast sucks.
Nothing like a tape-delayed golf telecast.
05.5.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Hello friends, hope you don't use the Internet.
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
So now they're blaming it on the winter? Horsehockey!
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKS
There has to be a live web feed ? Right ? Help us out someone !
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Look, after a cold hard winter, you have to expect Bermuda greens
to be pretty bad this early.


Ohhhhhhhhhh wait!
05.5.2013 | Unregistered Commenterhypaucrit
BrianS, I looked high and low, no web feed. Best you can do is track scores on PGA Tour website.

Rory sure spit the bit down the home stretch. Have to figure it was the lousy weather....he's a sunny and 82* guy.
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Why couldn't they just show us the playoff live online - it wouldn't put a dent in CBS' ratings. Right now in my market they are showing Beyond The Green: Building about golf's role in building future leaders. Leaders that will give us live coverage in the digital age I hope. Meanwhile, GC's early coverage has the leaders on the 3rd hole.
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
The winter here was a long cold lousy one. Not all courses are up to Tour quality yet by any stretch.

How about a pat on the back to the TOUR for trying to get the event Done rather than kowtow to live tv? :)
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
A pat on the back for the Tour? Rubbish. The Tour's only motive was to make sure nothing interfered with Players Week.

After all, Rory and Lee are playing this year! Remember all the fuss a couple of years ago when they opted out? TImmy-puss wouldn't like to risk either of them being so tired out from a Monday finish that they might offer late withdrawals! :)
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Ghillie that's completed nonsense.

The forecast in Charlotte was rain all day today, and again tomorrow. If they didn't start at sunup today and get it in before the heavy rains settled in the chances were 100% the event would go into Tuesday. You can be assured the players did not want this, Quail officials didn't want it, volunteers didn't want it, fans didn't want it, nobody wanted it.

Pete is spot on, the on-site PGA Tour officials deserve a pat on the back for completing this event in full and on time.
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Ghillie- Everything is already cancelled in Ponte Vedra on Monday, this is the same system that dumped 9 inches of rain in Florida.
Thump thump...
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Delaying the tournament when forecasts say it will rain badly for a couple of days, just to let viewers sitting on their couches at home to watch it live?! Come on guys, get a life: try to please your wife if you still can or go outside and play some real golf, instead of writing bullshits complaining.
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterFiber

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