Welcome everyone to the Wells Fargo Championship from the renowned Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC. This course has played host to many big events over the years, first gaining popularity by hosting the Kemper Open from 1969-’79. It then hosted the popular Wachovia Championship from '03-'08.
This is a long, nearly 7500 yard par 72 that will demand accuracy off the tee as well as solid tee to green play and course management. Phil Mickelson said in 2010 "these are some of the worst designed greens we play all year.".. Tricky greens, usually rank about 12 on the stimpmeter will require decent putting skills. The final three holes are dubbed "The Green Mile", the scores on these closing holes will make or break a few players this week. Rickie Fowler took down this event last year with a score of -14 in a three man playoff over 2010 winner Rory McIlroy and last weeks runner up D.A. Points.
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This is the last event before the Players Championship next week. Plenty of talent will be honing their skills with 10 of the worlds top 25 teeing it up this week. Former winner and world number two McIlroy will tee up this week along with Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Fowler, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas and others.
Phil Mickelson 18/1
Phil has been playing solid golf all year and we expect that to continue this week. Phil has made 8/9 cuts this season highlighted of course by his win during a brilliant performance in Phoenix. He also picked up a T3 at the prestigious WGC-Cadillac Championships. Disappointing showing at Augusta however he will be back on a track he should be comfortable on as he’s enjoyed some good success at Quail Hollow. No wins here yet but he has made 9 of 9 cuts here with an incredible 7 top ten finishes here and has not posted worse then 26th. After his win at Augusta in 2010 in came here and finished solo runner up to Rory McIlroy. Having a bit of trouble with his driving accuracy this season but the rest of his game and course form should make up for it. Some of Phil’s key stats for this week. 21st GIR, 1st Birdie Average, 14th All Around, 2nd Par Breakers, 27th Par 4 Performance, 17th Par 5 Performance, 43rd Proximity to Hole.
Nick Watney 25/1
Nick has been a solid consistent player all year and could break out this week. He’s made his last 7 cuts and 10/11 overall highlighted by a T4 at the FIO way back in January. Nick has been fairly consistent here making 7/8 cuts since ’05 with his best finish coming last year when he picked up solo 8th after he had the 36 hole lead. A good iron player and solid ball striker look for Watney to grind his way into on to the Sunday leaderboard. Some of Nick’s key stats for this week, 8th GIR, 26th Total Driving, 9th Ball Striking, 13th Par 5 Performance, 34th Going for the Green.
Bill Haas 25/1
Hard to believe Mr. Haas does not have a win on tour yet this season. Bill has been probably the most consistent player of the year early on making 10/11 cuts with 5 top ten finishes, highlighted by a T3 at the NTO. Bill has had mixed results on this track with 3 missed cuts and 2 top five finishes since 2005. He mc’d last year but took solo fourth in ’11 after firing an opening round 64. Bill’s current form on a variety of tracks and overall game should lead him into contention this week. Some his key stats, 8th GIR, 35th All Around, 13th Scrambling, 28th Ball Striking, 2nd Par 4 Performance, 73rd Par 5 Performance.
Kevin Streelman 66/1
Kevin is another consistent player showing good form of late. He's made 8/11 cuts this season with his win recently in Tampa and a T3 at the RBC Heritage the highlights thus far. Not much to speak of regarding course form as he's 0/3 cuts made and hasn’t played QWC since 2010. His game is setting up very well for this course and we'll expect him to be in the hunt this week from start to finish. Very solid tee to green player, look for Kevin to manage this course well on his way (hopefully) to the second win of his career and of this season. Some key stats for this week, 6th Total Driving, 12th Scoring Average, 27th All Around, 16th Ball Striking, 14th Final Round Scoring, 22nd Total Putting, 26th Proximity to Hole.
Chris Kirk 70/1
Chris will be our second each way selection this week, consistent form is one thing we're looking for and Kirk fits the mold. Kirk has made 8 cuts in a row and 9/10 this season highlighted by a solo second in Pebble Beach and T5 at the Sony. He's only played this course twice, mc'd in '11 before a T57 last year. His game shaping up very nicely and is another player that should be in it from start to finish. Some key stats for this week, 7th Scoring Average, 7th All Around, 5th B.O.B., 11th Final Round Scoring, 2nd Scrambling, 2nd Par 4 Performance, 7th Total Putting, 6th Proximity to Hole.
Russell Henley 66/1
Russell is a very solid rookie who should be in the hunt this week. He started his year winning one of his first PGA Tour events and has stayed steady making 8/11 cuts and picking up a T6 in his last outing at the RBC Heritage. Again no course form to speak of with him being a rookie however his game sets up well for this course and he should do just fine. Solid tee to green we can expect him to manage this course well all week. Some of Russell's key stats for this week, 9th Total Driving, 3rd All Around, 10th Par Breakers, 11th Final Round Scoring, 33rd Ball Striking, 27th Par 4 Performance, 11th Total Putting, 31st Proximity to Hole.
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