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Wells Fargo Championship: Expert Picks

Vaughn Taylor has opened some eyes here

Wachovia Championship - Round Two Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Tournament Information

Wells Fargo Championship
Date: May 3nd – 6th
Course: Quail Hollow Club
Purse - $7.9MM ($1.4MM to winner)
FedEx points – 500 to winner(s)
2018 Winner: Jason Day (-12)

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 laid throughout usually at the low points further reiterating solid ball placement atop the elevation changes. Additionally the course is 7,600 yards giving it a decent amount of distance required.

Wells Fargo Championship - Final Round Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

My Starting 4

Phil Mickelson (3rd selection this year) — The only golfer with top 20 finishes each of the last three years here, Phil took last week off after an 18th place finish at the Masters. He is currently 44th in strokes gained tee to green.

Chesson Hadley (1st selection this year) — I picked him here last year, he has a history of success at Quail Hollow with one exception in 2017 when he started out with one bad round and couldn’t rebound from it. He finished 11th here in 2016 and 16th here last year.

Luke List (1st selection this year) — He has a mix of recent finishes with his last 10 tournaments yielding – four missed cuts, two top 15 finishes and four finishes in the 40s and 50s. He finished 9th here last year and he is 41st in total strokes gained as well as 10th in strokes gained off the tee.

Vaughn Taylor (1st selection this year) — He is one of just five golfers to have top 45 finishes each of the last three years here. This included a 12th place finish in 2017. He is fresh off two missed cuts but the last time he missed cuts in three consecutive tournaments was in 2016. His last two finishes off two missed cuts was 7th and 9th place finishes, I think stars are aligning for him to have a good weekend.

My Bench 2

Robert Streb (1st selection this year) — He has top 50 finishes each of the last three years here and he was 22nd last week at Zurich Classic; however, there is risk with him as he has four missed cuts in his last six tournaments.

Johnson Wagner (1st selection this year) — With a 28th place finish here in 2016 and 13th place finish last year he has a history of pedigree here. His three missed cuts in the last four tournaments has me nervous but he is 10th in greens in regulation percentage which is respectable.


2019 Stats

Starting 4: Avg finish 43rd (35th percentile)
Bench 2: Avg finish 55th (45th percentile)