The site of the 2017 PGA Championship plays host this week to one of the Tour’s great stops at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Quail Hollow is one of the most popular courses on the PGA Tour’s circuit. A quaint club carved among the massive oak trees in suburban Charlotte, Quail Hollow will be a host of the 2021 President’s Cup as the Americans host the Internationals.
A private, member-owned club, you’d be lucky to have a shot of ever getting on here.
Nonetheless, let’s start the preview…
Wells Fargo Championship Facts
- This course had some major struggles with their greens a few years back…let’s hope this venue–a favorite among Tour pros– is in peak form
- As I mentioned above, the venue will play host to both the 2017 PGA and the 2021 President’s Cup
- Read Phil Mickelson’s comments on the greens during the 2010 event: “As beautifully designed as this golf course is tee-to-green, the greens are by far the worst-designed greens we play on tour…I would say that 18 would be the worst green that we have on tour – except that it’s not even the worst on this golf course. Number 12 is.”
- Known as the Wachovia Championship for the first portion of the event’s holding, but changed to the Wells Fargo Championship when Wells Fargo purchased the company
- Holes 16 through 18 are called “The Green Mile.”
Click here for a link to the entire 2015 Wells Fargo field via PGATour.com.
Last 5 Champs
- 2014: J.B. Holmes (Recap)
- 2013: Derek Ernst (Recap)
- 2012: Rickie Fowler (Recap)
- 2011: Lucas Glover
- 2010: Rory McIlroy
Rickie, baby. Look at Rickie.
Last Week’s Picks (PLAYERS)
Contender: Rory McIlroy: T8
Contender: Jim Furyk: T56
Sleeper: Kevin Na: T6
Winner: Hideki Matsuyama: T17
This Week’s Picks
Two From the Fairway
Aside from the fact that I happened to write a smidgen about his career at UNLV this morning and had him already in my head, I am going to slide Ryan Moore into any of my lineups this week (he’s a C-category golfer for Yahoo!).
And before you go up and arms reading this saying, “Troy, he missed the cut last week, you’re a $%@…” I encourage you to slow your roll. The Ryan Moore pick this week has some true substance.
His last 3 starts at the Wells Fargo Championship–yeah, all of them are inside the top-20. 2014–T18, 2013–T6, 2012–T5.
Moving forward, he’s had a sneaky little run where 5 of his last 8 starts have found him inside the top-25.
He’s hitting fairways at a nice rate of 70.02%, good for 16th. And when he does miss a fairway? He’s 11th in Rough Proximity on the PGA Tour.
Moore more, please.
He’s an easy horse to ride this week, I know, but this pick is made for more reasons than seem apparent.
Yes, he was absolutely clutch coming down the stretch in the PLAYA’s championship, and yes, his stories about loving to play golf and drink beer with his buddies make him endearing to the everyday fan, but Kisner has some track record here. He was a T6 performer here in 2014.
He played great at Hilton Head, draining clutch putts down the stretch before being outlasted by Jim Furyk and obviously played great at the PLAYERS.
Kisner’s caddie, too, has been the focal point of some recent drama surrounding salmon shorts. Not that salmon shorts have anything to do with anything, but hey, he’s making news.
Kisner’s going to keep it rolling this week…making some more news.
One From the Rough
Nothing special from Ryo so far in 2015 at all.
In fact, through the end of April, he had only one top-25 on the season. Yeah, a T25 at the Honda Classic. It seems like this kid was supposed to be the next big thing, but recently, countryman Hideki Matsuyama has stolen all of his Japanese thunder. It seems like he’s now tried to steal some of the thunder back via clothing.
Well, he let his game do the talking this past weekend at the PLAYERS, notching a T8 finish.
He went T50 here in 2013, but I’m going off current form with the youngster (he’s still only 23, but the timer is starting to click).
The Man with the Trophy
Bill Haas is the guy this week.
Why? First of all, in the same poll last week where Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter were voted most “overrated,” Haas was voted one of the Tour’s most underrated. There’s merit to that thought, absolutely. If you look at his stats, there really isn’t one that stands out in any regard, but he’s solid across the board. It’s his entire makeup which makes him effective.
Second of all, he was a T4 last week at the PLAYERS, missing the playoff by a lone stroke. Before that, a top-12 at the Masters. He was 4th at this event a few years back and although he hasn’t played great at Quail Hollow in the immediate past, I still have Bill for a good week this week.
So good, that it’s a win.