Wells Fargo Championship 2012 Preview: Lucas Glover Looks To Defend Title; Tiger Woods Returns To Action

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 08: Lucas Glover makes a putt on the 18th hole in the playoff to defeat Jonathan Byrd during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 8, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The 2012 Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., gets underway on Thursday. Can Lucas Glover defend his title?

With the first half of the PGA Tour finished, the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship will mark a fresh start for those golfers looking to step up their games as the summer months begin. One of those golfers will be defending Wells Fargo Championship winner Lucas Glover. He has gotten off to a slow start following five starts this season, recently making the cut in his last two events. Before that, Glover shot a 10-over at the 2012 Masters and missed the cut.

Glover had his best tournament in last weekend's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, finishing 3-under in a tournament that Jason Dufner won at 19-under. Glover will play with Lee Westwood and Kyle Stanley for the first two rounds.

Tiger Woods joins Webb Simpson and Geoff Ogilvy on the course at Quail Hollow Club for his first start since he shot a 5-over at Augusta National during the Masters. Other notable groups include Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy and David Toms, each a previous winner. McIlroy took the tournament in 2010 while Furyk captured it in 2006 and Toms in the inaugural 2003 contest.

Hunter Mahan and Phil Mickelson, Nos. 1 and 3 in the FedEx Cup standings, are also set for runs at this tournament.

The total purse for this event in $6.5 million and the winner will receive $1.17 million.

For more on the PGA Tour, stick with our golf blog Waggle Room and SB Nation Golf.

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