It’s one of the most popular events on the PGA Tour this week as a strong field head to Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship. With the course set to host the US PGA in 2019 it’s set up like a Major and often produces a tight finish, with the last three editions all being decided by a play-off.
We’ve got all the tips you need this week including a couple of superb each-way bets at long odds. Keep reading for our preview of this weekend’s event.
The Green Mile is one of the tour’s toughest runs
One of the star attractions of the Wells Fargo is the so-called ‘Green Mile’: one of the tougher finishes on tour. The 16, 17, and 18th holes – a par 4-3-4 finish – averaged 0.818 strokes to par in 2013 and are often ranked among the PGA Tour’s toughest holes.
And, the 15th to 18th holes, the last three comprising The Green Mile, have been stretched an aggregate 70 yards this year. Most strikingly, the fairway on the 16th has been moved to accommodate hospitality and the hole can now top out at 508 yards, 21 more than last year.
If you want a strong pick for this year’s Wells Fargo it is hard to look past the favourite. Rory McIlroy’s breakthrough Tour win came at this event in 2010 and he has a terrific record since. McIlroy won by four strokes back in 2010 and since then has lost in a play-off (to Rickie Fowler in 2012) and the 24 year old finished T10 last year.
McIlroy is also in good form with three top ten finishes in his last four events and he holds the Quail Hollow course record with the magnificent 62 he shot on the way to the title in 2010. All the omens point to a Rory win at 7/1.
It could well be a good week for the European contingent at Quail Hollow and another man to watch is Lee Westwood. Westwood was in absolutely imperious form at the Malaysia Open a couple of weeks ago, winning by an unprecedented 7 shots in a high quality field.
With recent good form on the PGA Tour – T17 at the Shell Houston Open and 7th at the Masters in his last two events on American soil – Westwood also has a decent record at Quail Hollow. T4 last year and T5 in 2012, you’d have got a decent each-way pay out on the 40 year old in each of the last two championships. At 16/1, Westwood is a great each-way bet.
Despite never winning the tournament, Phil Mickelson is the leading money winner at the Wells Fargo Championship. He’s made the cut in each of his last ten visits with seven top tens including a third place finish in 2011. His form has not been fantastic in 2014 but he could go well at 14/1.
On recent form, we daresay there will be plenty of people considering backing Justin Rose at 19/1. A word of caution, however: Rose has failed to post a top 25 finish at Quail Hollow in five attempts.
Some outsiders to consider
We tipped JB Holmes to go well at the Zurich Classic last week at a tasty 50/1 and the 31 year old posted an impressive T11 finish (although not quite good enough for a healthy return!). Saying that, it was the fourth top 20 finish for Holmes in his last five events and he finished T9 at the Wells Fargo in 2011.
We fancy Holmes to go well again this weekend at 55/1.
If you’re looking for a great each-way bet at long odds then Robert Karlsson could be one to watch. The Swede has posted five top 15 finishes this season including a T8 in Abu Dhabi and a T6 in the OHL Classic.
Karlsson lives locally and has a good recent record at this event. He was going well in 2012 before a final round 75 cost him a top 20 finish but performed really well when finishing T4 in 2013. With a T11 finish on his last outing, Karlsson could prove to be an excellent bet at 95/1.
Brian Harman may not be a household name and has never won a PGA Tour event but is due a big performance. He’s recorded four top ten finishes amongst 11 cuts made this season including a T7 at the RBC Heritage last time out. He finished T10 at Quail Hollow in 2013 and so could record his first Tour win at a tasty 80/1.
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