The Wells Fargo Championship has a long-standing tie with the Quail Hollow Golf Club however, due to Quail Hollow having been given the honour of hosting the 2017 PGA championship, the 2017 renewal will be hosted by the Eagle Point Golf Club in North Carolina.
The likes of Bill Haas and Webb Simpson are members of Eagle Point, and those two and plenty of other players have been singing its praises in the build-up to this event, comparing its condition to that of Augusta, no less.
However, whilst many players are obviously looking forward to they challenge Eagle Point offers, the event has only attracted 6 of the world’s top-20.
The sponsors will be happy to see world number-one Dustin Johnson in the field, and nobody will begrudge him victory after his pre-US Masters misfortunes. However, you’re betting blind if you take it on trust that he’s back in the sort of form that surely would have netted him his first Green Jacket if he hadn’t fallen down some stairs – and 5/1 is hard to get enthusiastic about.
Second favourite John Rahm is more interesting, and the Spanish Matador is hungry for more success after already establishing himself as World Number 13. However, 12/1 is again short enough.
The first player to tempt his way into this week’s portfolio is Phil Mickelson. The Augusta link is somewhat tenuous, but he should enjoy the challenges posed by this course, and is desperate for a win after a lengthy barren-spell.
Meanwhile, only time will tell if course knowledge is a big advantage this week. However, as there’s little else to go on, including Bill Haas and Web Simpson could be the way to go. Neither are exactly consistent, but Haas has a recent third-placed finish to his name, and Simpson finished 11th last time out.
Finally, Soren Kjeldson may also take to this Augusta-esq layout, and he’s certainly motivated as he attempts to continue to establish himself on the PGA Tour.
2017 Wells Fargo Tips
Phil Mickelson 2 Points Each-Way @ 25/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
Bills Haas 1 Point Each-Way @ 33/1 (Betfred) ¼ odds 6 places
Webb Simpson 1 Point Each-Way @ 33/1 (Betfred) ¼ odds 6 places
Soren Kjeldson 1 Point Each-Way @ 80/1 (Betfred) ¼ odds 6 places