Golf Glance: Day tries to defend at Wells Fargo

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Zurich Classic (Ryan Palmer/Jon Rahm)

Jason Day
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THIS WEEK: Wells Fargo Championship, May 2-5
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. (Par 71, 7,600 yards)
Purse: $7.9 million (Winner: $1.422 million)
Defending champion: Jason Day
FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
Tiger Woods, the 2008 event winner, is not in the field and is not expected to play until the PGA Championship in two weeks. … Rickie Fowler earned his first PGA Tour title at the 2012 event. He is paired with England’s Justin Rose and Webb Simpson, whose home is located along the course. … Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, whose first victory in America came at the Wells Fargo Championship at the age of 21 in 2010, is the only two-time winner of the event (2015). He will also turn 30 on Saturday and has seven top-10 finishes in eight starts this year. … The Wells Fargo Championship is one of seven Tour events Phil Mickelson has played at least 15 times without posting a victory. He is paired with Day and Gastonia, N.C., native Harold Varner III. … Wells Fargo announced that it has extended its partnership with the event through 2024. … Day has never successfully defended a title on the PGA Tour. … Matthew Short will make his Tour debut as one of four Monday qualifiers.
NEXT WEEK: AT&T Byron Nelson, Dallas, Texas

LPGA TOUR

Lydia KoLAST TOURNAMENT: HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open (Minjee Lee)
THIS WEEK: LPGA Mediheal Championship, May 2-5
Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif. (Par 71, 6,551 yards)
Purse: $1.8 million (Winner: $270,000)
Defending champion: Lydia Ko
Race to the CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko
Television: Thursday-Sunday: 6-9 p.m. ET (All times Golf Channel)
Lydia Ko defeated Lee with an eagle on the first playoff hole last year to win the inaugural event. … Jin Young Ki leads the Tour in official money ($1.07 million), scoring average (69.00) and greens in regulation (79.9 percent). … The win by Australia’s Lee last week equaled the number of victories on Tour this season among South Korean players and those from the rest of the world (five). … Nelly Korda leads the USA Solheim Cup Team Standings with 398 points, followed by Danielle Kang (374) and Lexi Thompson (340).
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Pure Silk Championship, Williamsburg, Va., May 23-26

CHAMPIONS TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge (Scott Hoch/Tom Pernice Jr.)

Bernhard Langer
Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

THIS WEEK: Insperity Invitational, May 3-5
The Woodlands CC, Woodlands, Texas (Par 72, 7,002 yards)
Purse: $2.2 million (Winner: $330,000)
Defending Champion: Bernhard Langer
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron
Television: Friday, 12-2 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
Langer is a four-time event winner, including leading wire-to-wire in 2018 in winning by one shot. … Tom Watson will compete in the event for the first time since 2009, with Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Jose Maria Olazabal and Darren Clarke among those set to make their tournament debuts. … The 78-player field includes 33 of the top 36 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. … Goosen has three top-25 finishes in five starts since turning 50 on Feb. 3.
NEXT WEEK: Regions Tradition, Birmingham, Ala.
–Derek Harper (@DerekAHarper), Field Level Media

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