After a spin through the Bayou last week for the Zurich Classic, the PGA Tour returns to the Carolinas as they head to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship which returns to Quail Hollow Club. Quail Hollow is probably best known for “The Green Mile” which is the nickname given to the finishing three holes of the course. It’s a long track this year after some adjustments and won’t be the birdie-fest we saw last week in New Orleans. However, Quail Hollow always attracts a solid field and this year is no exception setting us up for another great week of golf.
Last week didn’t go so great for my entry, but HOME TEAM took a solid win in our Fantasy CPR Group (details here). Manager Derek had Billy Horshel, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, and Justin Rose who all finished in the top 15. His win vaulted him to the top of our group for the spring segment in which he’s won two of the four tournaments. Overall, the leader for the year is still Eagle’s Nest who has three wins for the season.
My entry has struggled a big the last couple weeks, so I’m looking to break out of my mini-slump with these picks in Charlotte:
Rory McIlroy: Rory has made the cut in each of his four tournaments over the last two months. During that time he has a solo 2nd at the Valero Texas Open and a t8 at the WGC-Cadillac. He finished t25 at the Masters but had three solid rounds aside from a disastrous round three and finished with a 69 on Sunday. McIlroy got his first PGA Tour win here in 2010 and lost in a playoff last year.
Boo Weekley: Weekley has been playing well lately with 10 made cuts in a row and three top tens in his last six tournaments. He finished t6 last week after a 68 in the closing round. He’s made the cut in three of his four trips to this event with t11 being his top finish in 2009. Weekley is always a little unpredicatable, but McIlroy’s a pretty safe pick so I’ll swing for the fences with my second A-List pick.
Other Options: Bill Haas, Bubba Watson
Webb Simpson: Simpson lost in the playoff two weeks at Harbour Town and finished solo 4th last year at this event. He a trio of top 10 finishes this year and has been in the top 20 in seven of his 11 events on tour this year.
Nick Watney: Watney finished t15 last week after a t13 at the Masters. He has five top 20’s on the season but only once has he been in the top 10. He finished solo 8 last year at Quail Hollow and has six career top-25’s at the event.
Lucas Glover: Glover grabbed his second t4 of the season last week in the Big Easy and has four top 10’s at Quail Hollow including a victory at this event in 2011. Glover is a native of South Carolina and a Clemson grad so he should feel at home as he takes the course in Charlotte and could be on his way to another top finish.
Dustin Johnson: After starting the season with a win, Johnson struggled but is apparently back in form after three top 15’s in a row including a t13 at the Masters. DJ is definitely long enough off the tee to contend in this event and the only reason I’ll start him on my bench is to possibly conserve a start since I think he’ll be on and around the leaderboard throughout the rest of the season. UPDATE: Johnson is out of this week’s tournament so I’m going with Jimmy Walker at this spot instead.
Other Options: Jimmy Walker, Ricky Barnes, Hunter Mahan
Lee Westwood: Westwood is coming in off back-to-back top 10’s and finished tied for fifth here last year. He has four top 25’s in his last five events and is always a solid pick to contend in any tournament he plays.
Rickie Fowler: Fowler picked up his first career victory in last year’s Wells Fargo Championship winning a playoff over McIlroy and D.A. Points. He comes in playing well with three top 10’s and six made cuts in seven stroke play events.
Other Options: D.A. Points, Robert Garrigus, Kevin Stadler