Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Weather Interrupts Casual Day At Quail

It's been raining a little bit at the Quail Hollow Championship today but it's the PGA Tour's version of a casual day.

Shortly before 2 p.m., horns sounded pulling all players off the course and practice area in advance of an approaching storm.

Tiger Woods was scheduled to stop by the course he's designing near Asheville on his way into Charlotte today and Phil Mickelson was making a late departure from the west coast but there's still plenty happening today. There are multiple groups on the course -- Trevor Immelman teed off at 6:37 a.m. -- and both the range and putting green are busy between rain showers.

Putting guru Dave Stockton is scheduled to set up shop on the practice green as part of a product launch with TaylorMade. Stockton, considered one of the foremost putting instructors in the game, gets credit for adjusting Mickelson's set-up and stroke late last season, leading to the lefthander's torrid finish in 2009.

The bright spot from the Charlotte Bobcats' elimination from the NBA playoffs was the confirmation that Michael Jordan will be paired with Fred Couples and Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris Wednesday at 12:18 p.m. on Wednesday. It had been rumored for a few days but it was made official today.

As for who plays with Woods and Mickelson on Wednesday, both are up for grabs at the pro-am draft party tonight. That means their pro-am partners aren't predetermined, putting both in play for whichever two-man amateur teams happen to get the first couple of picks.