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Wells Fargo Championship: Expert Picks

Kevin Streelman is my top 20 lock at Quail Hollow

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What: Wells Fargo Championship
When: May 4th-7th
Where: Quail Hollow Club
2016 Winner: James Hahn (-9)
Purse: $7.5MM ($1.35MM Winner)

Course: Quail Hollow Club. Designed in 1961 by George Cobb it was slightly modified by Arnold Palmer in 1986 and Tom Fazio in 1997 and 2003. It features some rolling hills and a decent amount of elevation changes. Ball placement is important. Traps are layed throughout usually at the low points further reiterating solid ball placement atop the elevation changes.

Kevin Streelman. He missed the cut here in 2016 but prior to that he had a 9th place finish in 2015 and a 14th place finish in 2014. Looking at the tournaments leading up to the Wells Fargo Championship showed similar ups and downs to what he has encountered this season, I think he could be a sneaky sleeper top 20 pick.

Phil Mickelson. I enjoy having him as a B player. He is having a solid year with 1 mediocre start to each 2 solid starts. Back to back 4th place finishes here in the last two years should make him a contender down the stretch on Sunday.

Kevin Kisner. I will start with my apprehension. I'm reticent about this pick, I wanted to go with Hudson Swafford or Webb Simpson but instead i'll go with the top B player right now who has yet to miss a cut and landed 3 top 10 finishes this season. He's 14th in FedEx Cup points and could be competing at the end of the year to win it all.

JB Holmes. Coming off a 5th place finish at Zurich Classic of New Orleans, I think JB could double down on another solid outing at Wells Fargo Championship where he has had success amidst turmoil. His last 6 years here have consisted of two finishes in the 50's, one missed cut, one win and one 9th place finish. This season he has 4 top 25 finishes across 9 starts and only one missed cut.

Dark Horse:
Emiliano Grillo. Going a slightly different path here. He finished 61st last year. He had a strong start and then some recent struggles with one top 50 finish in the last 4 tournaments. I think this course bodes well for his accurate drives and importantly he has a great sand save percentage should his shot roll into a bunker down hill.