The last time we saw play at Quail Hollow, Justin Thomas was hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy.
This week’s PGA Tour stop for the Wells Fargo is once again at Quail Hollow outside Charlotte. Last year the site had to be surrendered to the PGA of America so it could begin its preparation of the grounds for the 2017 PGA Championship, won by none other than J.T.
The boys are back in town this week and there’s one huge noticeable absence.
There’s no Dustin Johnson, no world’s No. 1. Which begs the question:
Where in the heck is D.J.?
Johnson hasn’t exactly been a regular so far this year. He nabbed the Tournament of Champions and tied for second at Pebble Beach. Take away his T10 at The Masters and he really hasn’t been seen all that often. He played twice in March and made it to the RBC Heritage after The Masters — sorta had to seeing as he’s well-compensated by RBC to be one of their “ambassadors.”
D.J. is clinging to that No. 1 world ranking by a hair. He’s at 9.43 in that weird measuring formula with Justin Thomas ever so close at 9.39. You’d think another win by J.T. at Quail Hollow would bounce him up into that No. 1 spot.
Fact is no one is missing D.J. at all this week.
The folks in Charlotte are pretty fired up because J.T. is back and so is Rory McIlroy. Add Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Masters champ Patrick Reed and yes, no one’s even talking about D.J. staying at home this week.
Oh yes, and look for record crowds this week.
There’s some guy showing up named Eldrick.
And that’s all they need.