The Wells Fargo Championship returns to Quail Hollow this week having been staged at the temporary venue of Eagle Point last year to allow its regular home to prepare for hosting the PGA Championship. Quail Hollow has produced some notable winners down the years, including Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler, while Rory McIlroy won the second of his two titles here in 2015. Brian Harman won last year’s event at Eagle Point, while the most recent winner here was James Hahn two years ago. Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship, with Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed sharing second place. The course, which measures in at almost 7,500 yards, features many narrow tree-lined fairways, sloping greens and a near 200-yard water carry on its signature hole, the par three 17th.
The Wells Fargo Championship Favourites
Rory McIlroy tees it up for the first time since finishing fifth at The Masters and the world number seven, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, is the bookmakers’ favourite at best odds of 8/1* with Bet365, Ladbrokes and Betfred. PGA Champion Thomas, who won the Honda Classic at the end of February as part of a run of three successive top fives, is at 11/1* with Ladbrokes and Coral, with 2012 Wells Fargo winner Fowler a 12/1 chance with the same two firms and Betfred. Jason Day and new Masters champion Patrick Reed are each generally available at odds of 20/1*, with Hideki Matsuyama at 22/1* and Paul Casey a 25/1* chance. The 2007 champion Tiger Woods, who last played at Quail Hollow in 2012, is also at 25/1*.
Wells Fargo Championship Tips
Kevin Kisner missed the cut the last time the Wells Fargo Championship was played at Quail Hollow, but he was seventh here at last year’s PGA Championship and that should give him the confidence to continue a good run of form. The world number 24 was runner-up at the WGC Match Play event and then seventh at the Heritage, either side of a decent performance at Augusta last month. He’s 33/1* in places, but can be backed at 50/1* with Betfred.
Gary Woodland has already been a winner on the PGA Tour this year with victory at the Phoenix Open and after a few disappointing weeks he’ll be looking to spark his season back into life at Quail Hollow. He was just outside the top 20 at the PGA Championship here, while his last two appearances at this venue for this tournament have seen him finish 18th in 2014 and fourth a year later. Bet365‘s price of 90/1* reflects some recent poor form but it still looks to be a generous each-way price.
The Wells Fargo isn’t a regular stop on Oosthuizen’s schedule, but the South African has decided to play this year after finishing second to Thomas on his last visit to Quail Hollow for the PGA Championship. The world number 30 was 12th at The Masters last month and enjoyed a good week in New Orleans last week, where he finished third alongside Charl Schwartzel in the Zurich Classic pairs event. Bet365 and BetVictor are keeping him on side at 28/1*, but Betfred are offering 40s.
*Odds subject to change.