Monday, April 27, 2009

Five questions as Quail Hollow week begins

Five early-week questions as Quail Hollow Championship week begins:

1. When will Tiger Woods arrive?
I'm guessing he'll show up sometime Tuesday afternoon and play nine holes. He's done it that way before. He used to be the first guy off on Tuesday mornings but now that he's more familiar with Quail Hollow, I'm thinking it's a later arrival.

2. Will Tiger be paired with Peyton Manning in the Wednesday pro-am? That would be pretty good wouldn't it? We'll find out later, though I've heard there will be an announcement today of a special pro-am pairing.

3. What's going on at Quail Hollow today?

Some guys are playing practice rounds and there's a small pro-am that begins at 11 a.m. Bill Haas, Danny Lee, Webb Simpson, Rich Beem, Charles Warren and Brendon de Jonge are among the pros participating.

4. Other than the name change this year, is much different at the tournament?

The logo and color scheme -- things are navy and copper now -- have changed but pretty much everything else is as it was. The row of corporate hospitality chalets along the 18th fairway is slightly smaller and a few other things have been downsized slightly. Otherwise, things are just as they have been.

5. Why isn't Kenny Perry playing in the Quail Hollow Championship?

Perry earned a new legion of fans with his play at the Masters but he's taking this week off to serve as grand marshal of the Kentucky Derby along with his father. A native Kentuckian, Perry said he's never been to the Derby. I'll bet he gets a huge ovation.