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Wells Fargo Championship: Expert Picks

Chesson Hadley is a favorite at Quail Hollow.

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Tournament Information

Wells Fargo Championship

Date: May 3rd – 6th

Course: Quail Hollow Club – Eagle Point Golf Club

Purse: $7.7MM ($1.4MM to each winner)

FedEx points: 500 to the winner

2017 Winner: Brian Harman (-10)

Course: Quail Hollow Club – Eagle Point Golf 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.

Starting 4

Rory McIlroy. Winner here in 2015, 4th here in 2016, he did not participate in play here last year. Currently 7th in OWGR, Rory is 21st in total strokes gained on the PGA Tour this year with top 5 finishes in two of his last 3 tournaments. Additionally, he’s currently 7th in eagles and 9th in scoring average.

Phil Mickelson. The only golfer with 3 consecutive top 20 finishes at Wells Fargo he was 4th in 2015 & 2016 before a slight regression to 18th last year. He’s 4th in FedEx ranking thanks five top ten finishes and largely to seven top 20 finishes across his 11 starts this year. Highlights are 6th in strokes gained approaching the green, 2nd in total strokes gained and 3rd in birdie average.

Chesson Hadley. He finished 20th here in 2015 and 11th here in 2016. Last year he struggled both Thursday and Friday here. He’s currently 19th in FedEx Cup Ranking with top 20 finishes in his last 4 consecutive tournaments. 6th in strokes gained approaching the green, 32nd in strokes gained putting and 14th in total strokes gained.

Patrick Reed. The Masters champ finished 28thhere in 2016 and 12th here last year. He continued his strong play with a 7th place finish at Zurich, his fifth consecutive top 10 finish on the tour. He’s 4thin strokes gained approaching the green and 28thin total strokes gained.

Bench 2

Daniel Berger. Three consecutive top 40 finishes here (28th in 2015, 17th in 2016 and 36th in 2017). Currently 34th in strokes gained putting and 37th in strokes gained total, his missed cut at Zurich snapped 5 consecutive made cuts, additionally he bounces back well from missed cuts. His last five missed cuts have turned to: 29th, 33rd, 2nd, 36thand 39th.

Jonathan Randolph. He finished 20th here last in 2015 and 8th here in 2017 (he did not participate in 2016). Given his play this year, it’s a bit of a longshot. A 31st place finish at Zurich broke three consecutive tournaments where he missed the cut. More broadly, every strokes gained stat he is higher than 90th, he’s 195th in greens in regulation to go with 95th in eagles and 203rd in birdies, hence the bench spot.

Poll

Which top star not mentioned will do the best at Wells Fargo Championship?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Jason Day
    (18 votes)
  • 4%
    Tiger Woods
    (3 votes)
  • 26%
    Juston Thomas
    (16 votes)
  • 39%
    Rickie Fowler
    (24 votes)
61 votes total Vote Now

2018 Average Stats:

Starting 4 average finish: 42nd place (33rdpercentile)

Bench 2 average finish: 42nd place (34th percentile)