Wells Fargo ChampionshipTees Off: Thursday, May 2
Quail Hollow Club – Charlotte, NC
Odds to Win Tournament(For the latest Odds, connect to Sportsbook.com)
|Brendan de Jonge||50-to-1|
|Bo Van Pelt||50-to-1|
|Charles Howell III||60-to-1|
|FIELD (Any other golfer)||5-to-2|
Tiger Woods isn't playing, but Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and other big-name golfers will be in Quail Hollow as the Wells Fargo Championships hosts the strongest tournament field since Augusta. Quail Hollow is traditionally one of the toughest par 72’s on the Tour, and the short game usually spells the difference. Here’s a look at the best bets …
Rory McIlroy (8/1): McIlroy is the headliner this week, not only because of his Q-rating (and the fact that Tiger Woods won’t be in Charlotte) but because he is the course record holder at Quail Hollow (62 in 2010). McIlroy nearly became Wells Fargo’s first repeat winner last year, when he lost a three-way playoff to Rickie Fowler. He has a great chance to break through for his first win of 2013 this weekend.
Bill Haas (25/1): The Wake Forest grad comes back to Carolina. He had a disappointing missed cut here last year, but he had a solo fourth at Quail Hollow in 2011 and a T4 in 2006. More importantly, Haas has competed while he’s still looking for his first win of 2013. He is one of only four players on the Tour with five top-10 finishes this year.
Phil Mickelson (15/1): Mickelson has been inconsistent this year, most recently posting a disappointing T54 finish at Augusta, but Quail Hollow is one of the courses Lefty has thrived on. In nine career starts here, he has six top-10 finishes.
Rickie Fowler (20/1): Fowler’s victory here last year wasn’t entirely surprising. He had two straight solid years at Quail Hollow – sixth in 2010 and T16 in 2011 – before progressing to win in a three-way playoff last year. He’s coming off a couple of middling performances, falling to T38 after a fast start at Augusta, and finishing T32 in New Orleans last week, but he’s in a good position to contend this week.
Ben Curtis (80/1): There’s plenty to like about Curtis’ track record at Quail Hollow, as he finished T2 in 2008 and posted a T5 last year. The problem is that he hasn’t been very good this season. Before last year’s T5, he was coming off a win in Texas followed by a T13 in New Orleans. This season, he’s missed three cuts in his past five starts, and hasn’t had a top-20 finish since the season opener. Though he did precede his 2008 runner-up by failing to finish in the top-40 for three straight starts, including a missed cut at Augusta.