The PGA Tour returns to Quial Hollow Club for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship. There’s plenty of big names in the field and it should make for another awesome weekend of golf on the infamous “Green Mile” of 16, 17, and 18. It’s historically a very difficult course relative to par that places a extremely high priority on putting and scrambling.
Last week was an exciting tournament in New Orleans that finished with Jason Dufner getting his first win on tour in a playoff over the resurgent Ernie Els. I was close to adding Dufner last week, but decided to go with Cameron Tringale instead. He tied for seventh, but Dufner was the one who secured the 20 point bonus. In our FantasyCPR group, “Above Par” scored 231 points and moved to the top of the group for the spring Segment. Kudos to Kipper for having Dufner, Els, and Donald who finished 1, 2, 3. The overall leader in the group remains MT Cup. If you want to join our super-competitive group, check out the details here.
Here’s my picks for the coming week at Quail Hollow where the hardest part is figuring out who to leave off…
Zach Johnson- Johnson finished as runner up at the RBC Heritage and has top 25’s in 3 of 4 starts here. Last year he shot a 73 in round 1 but bounced back with 69-67-68 to finish -11. It was good enough for a T6 and his best career finish. This week he’ll try to put 4 rounds together to get his first win of the year.
Phil Mickelson-Mickelson has never won here, but finished in the top 10 last year after a runner-up in 2010 and a t5 the year before. He’s 8-8 in made cuts in his career at Quail Hollow. I’m going to start him on my bench to save the start (I have 6 left) if Johnson is in the running.
Rory McIlroy-McIlroy will try and regain his top spot in the World Rankings after missing the cut here last year. He won in 2010 and has the course record-62-so it would be surprising to see him off the leaderboard on Sunday.
Hunter Mahan-In his last 4 years at Quail Hollow he’s gone t16, t17, t22, and t12. As we’ve seen already this year in his 2 wins, when his putter is rolling he’s unbeatable. He could grab his 3rd win of the PGA Tour season at the Wells Fargo.
Rickie Fowler-Fowler changed up his putting grip and has a nice finish last week at the Zurich with a t10. It was his 2nd top 10 of the year, and he has a nice history (6, t16) at theis event.
Tiger Woods-Too much of a chance he ends up at the top like in ’07 to leave him off my roster, but too much of a chance he’ll go like he did at Augusta (no rounds under par) to start him. I’ll have him on my bench in case good Tiger shows up. He has finished in the top 11 four out of 5 times at Quail Hollow.
Cameron Tringale-Tringale has 3 consecutive top 10’s and has been hitting the ball well. He made the cut last year while hitting the greens well but struggling with the flat-stick. Putted well last week in the Big Easy. If he can put it together, he’ll be back in the top 10 yet again this week.
John Huh-Huh has had an incredible rookie year on tour including his win in Mexico and a tied for 2nd in his last tournament, the Valero Texas Open. He’s been in the top 15 2 other times and has the length and putting ability to fit this course well.