Wells Fargo Championship Tees Off: Thursday, May 1
Quail Hollow Country Club – Charlotte, NC
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Here is the BetDSI Sportsbook breakdown on Thursday's tournament:
|Charles Howell III||65-to-1|
|4 Golfers ||100-to-1|
The PGA Tour visits Charlotte this weekend to play in a fairly young tournament, the Wells Fargo Championship. Although this tournament has been around only since 200, it has boasted some top-seeded winners in Vijay Singh (2005), Tiger Woods (2007) and Rory McIlroy (2010). In six of the 11 events here, including the past three years, the champion had to win in a playoff, including 23-year old Derek Ernst putting up an 8-under score in 2013. Just like many of the other tourneys this season, the field is not as strong as in the past, with only seven of the top-20 golfers in the World Golf Rankings expected to show up, with the top players being Phil Mickelson (9th) and Justin Rose (10th). The door continues to be wide open for new blood to join the ranks as a PGA Tour victor, as the sport is seeing a wealth of young talent taking over the game. Let’s take a look at a few that could make a push at a win this weekend at the Par-72, 7,492-yard course.
Golfers to WatchRory McIlroy (13/2): The worst position that McIlroy has finished so far this season is 25th and he has four top-8 showings as well. He has averaged a score of 69.62 this year (4th on tour), while making 4.3 birdies per round (3rd on tour). McIlroy, who won this tournament in 2010, has also performed very well over the past two seasons in Charlotte, with a runner-up finish in 2012 and then a 10th place showing last year.
Webb Simpson (40/1): Simpson is a native of North Carolina and while he has not placed in the top-25 in any of his past four tournaments, he has still finished in the top-10 five times over 11 events this year and should feel comfortable being in his home state. He has dominated par-5’s this season, scoring a birdie or better 53.2% of the time (4th on tour) while also having the 13th-best scoring average in the final round (69.13). Simpson should be able to jump back into contention this weekend.
Lee Westwood (12/1): Quail Hollow has seemingly been one of Westwood’s favorite courses, as he has placed in the top-5 there in each of the past two seasons. He seems to be heating up at the moment also, getting a seventh-place finish at The Masters followed by his first win in nearly two years when he took the victory in the Malaysian Open on the European Tour in his last start. Westwood could very well be in line for his third career PGA victory come Sunday.
Pat Perez (65/1): Perez has finished in the top-25 in half of his 14 tournaments on the year thanks to his impressive scoring average before the cut (69.50, 4th on tour). He will need to improve on the weekend though to capture his second career PGA tournament. Perez finished sixth at this tournament back in 2011, and he should be competitive in what is turning out to be one of the better seasons of his career.
Brian Harman (110/1): In a year where plenty of new names are topping the leaderboard, Harman has a chance to make some noise this weekend. He placed seventh in the RBC Heritage and third at the Northern Trust Open this season, while already being one of the best players on par-3’s. On those short holes, Harman has scored a birdie or better 16.4% of the time (23rd on tour) and has a total score of 4-under par (6th on tour) on the par-3 holes this year.