With seven top-10 finishes in 10 starts at the Wells Fargo Championship, Phil Mickelson has played better than any other player in the 12-year existence of the event.
The only thing Mickelson hasn’t done is win.
He’s even offered constructive criticism of the greens design at Quail Hollow, so Mickelson’s return to Charlotte to see the major renovations made by designer Tom Fazio drew special attention. The fact that he played the pro-am with club president Johnny Harris added an extra bit of juice to Wednesday afternoon.
Mickelson walked much of the back nine with Fazio and with an eye toward this weekend and the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, he offered high praise for the reworked layout.
“I’ve always said it’s one of the best tee-to-green golf courses anywhere in the world and what Tom Fazio has done with these greens is just perfect,” Mickelson said. “He’s enhanced them to where you have beautiful shots into these greens and when the PGA comes here in a few years and you have the greens firm and quick, the subtleties and nuances will be brought out. It just makes it even better. He’s done such a great job.
“This has become one of my favorite courses anywhere in the world and I think one of the best courses anywhere in the world.”