Who: Jason Mengel moved to Charlotte two years ago with one mission — make the PGA Championship happen at Quail Hollow Club. As the championship director, he’s responsible for turning the course into a golf stadium that can accommodate 200,000 spectators throughout the week.
We went on location to Quail Hollow Club to talk to Mengel about the tournament on this week’s CharlotteFive Podcast.
What: When the PGA Championship comes to town Aug. 7-13 it will be the first major golf tournament the city has hosted. Pro golf basically has four Super Bowls. This is one of them, and it will feature one of the most talented fields in golf. And history could be made in Charlotte if Jordan Speith wins and becomes the youngest golfer to win all four majors in his career.
This will feel way different than the Wells Fargo Championship, which the city has hosted since 2003. Mengel talked about the changes and what you can expect at this year’s tournament.
– Mengel gave a prediction for who he thinks will win the tournament. (Hint: Not Speith.)
– Tickets for the championship rounds are sold out, but you can still get tickets to the practice rounds Monday and Tuesday.
– We give a very important update on the “brunch bill.”
– And we discussed Lumberjaxe, the axe-throwing facility that will serve alcohol, which is set to open in Charlotte in September. What could go wrong?
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