PGA Tour: Winning picks for the Wells Fargo Championship
The PGA Tour rolls into Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend for the Wells Fargo Championship. The course where this event will be held is one that will almost certainly be familiar to golf fans. The 7,554 yard, Par 71 Quail Hollow course was the scene of last year’s PGA Championship, where Justin Thomas came up with the big win. He will be back to see if he can conquer this fantastic course once again, but he will have some stiff competition. Brian Harman is back as the defending champion of this event, and Rory McIlroy will also be there, but all eyes are sure to be on Tiger Woods, who will be back in action after a break following a disappointing showing at The Masters. Quail Hollow has undergone a bit of a redesign, so perhaps no real advantage there for the recent winners. Let’s take a look at some of the favorites for this event, which will run from May 3-6.
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— Wells Fargo Golf (@WellsFargoGolf) May 3, 2018
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, Wilmington (2017)
Established: 2003, fifteen years ago
Course(s): Quail Hollow Club, Eagle Point Golf Club (2017)
Length: 7,442 yards (6,805 m)
Tour: PGA Tour
Format: Stroke play
Prize fund: $7.7 million
After a slow start to the 2018 season, which was not that surprising given the injuries he has been battling, McIlroy is starting to round into form quite nicely. McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and was then very much in the hunt at The Masters, eventually settling for a very respectable 5th place finish. These should certainly be viewed as a sign that McIlroy is hitting his stride, and while I believe he will be in contention this weekend, I am looking elsewhere for the winner.
We have already mentioned that Thomas was the winner the last time the PGA Tour rolled into this course, so it should really not come as a surprise to see him in among the favorites. It has been a fantastic start to the season for Thomas, who is currently #1 in the FedEx Cup standings. He had a career-best 5 wins on tour last season and has already picked up 2 more in 2018. He has been in the top 10 5 times and has already amassed over $5 million in winnings this season. Justin Thomas is my picks for this weekend.
Fowler came so very close to wearing the green jacket at The Masters but eventually had to settle for second place. That was his 3rd top 10 finish of the season, and he is now developing a bit of a habit as the near man. You need to go all the way back to 2015 to find the last time that he won an event on the tour, which is enough to make me look elsewhere for a winner this weekend.
Jason Day saw his 2018 season got off to a great start, with a win and a second place finish in the very early going. It’s been a little bit downhill since then, though, as his best finish since the 4 events he has played since then has been 20th, which he achieved at The Masters. He is certainly good enough to compete with this bunch, but a top 10 is probably the best we can hope for.
If you are looking for a pick at a good price, Tiger Woods may be worth having a little flutter on. He exploded back onto the scene with a couple of great showings but took a step back at The Masters. A little time off may be exactly what he needed, so look for him to come back strong here.