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Rory McIlroy grimaces as he hits from the fairway to 16th green during the pro-am of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Quail Hollow had the energy of a major when it first returned to the PGA Tour schedule 11 years ago.

Now it's gearing up to host the real thing -- the 2017 PGA Championship -- with new grass on the greens and an exciting renovation of its daunting, three-hole closing stretch known as the "Green Mile."

Phil Mickelson says there's not much that can make the Wells Fargo Championship much better.

All that's lacking is a major field.

Mickelson and Justin Rose are the only players from the top 10, and while that's one more than last year, it's a mighty change from the time when Quail Hollow once attracted everyone from the top 10, and 27 of the top 30 in the world.

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