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Wells Fargo Championship: Preview

The PGA Tour is at the Quail Hollow Golf Course for the Wells Fargo Championship, a tournament that consistently provides a first-time winner.

Quail Hollow rewards for players who have done their homework on the greens. Many of the greens allow for the ball to feed in close to the pin, but miss the landing spot, and you could be in the drink. In fact, 10 of the 18 holes have a water hazard for the players to take into consideration. 

Past Winners and Scores

The Wells Fargo Championship has been played 17 times – since 2003 – and won by 16 different players. The only player to win the tournament twice is Rory McIlroy, in 2010 and 2015. He is in the field again this week, hoping to not only make it as a third-time winner, but for all those wins to come five years apart. 

The Northern Irishman also holds the course record with a score of 267 (-17), which he achieved in 2015. However, a score between 272 (-12) to 275 (-9) should be good enough for the win. 

Who could challenge this week? 

Rory McIlroy has two wins, and a runner-up finish at the Wells Fargo Championship, so you’d think he would be favourite. However, he hasn’t won a tournament since November 3rd, 2019 – WGC HSBC in Shanghai – and hasn’t looked like winning for a while. 

Max Homa will be looking to become the first player to retain the title, after winning it last year. While Harold Varner III is likely to go well on his home course. In fact, the latter has been in good form in recent weeks and has never won at Quail Hollow before – like many of the winners – making him an excellent candidate for victory. 

Europe’s best hope of a winner will probably be Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian has been in great form this year, and has already won the Mayakoba Golf Classic, is ranked 3rd in the FedEx Cup standing, and on the brink of breaking into the world top 10. He does tend to miss a few too many greens though, which could cause him a lot of issues.

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