Wells Fargo Championship Golf Preview
Published on 03/05/16
Well, despite saying last week looked hard, we nearly pulled-off the double with Haotong Li winning in China at 100/1, and Byeong Hun An (66/1) landing us a place in America, after only losing in a play-off.
This week, Quail Hollow Gold Club in North Carolina is the traditional venue for the Wells Fargo Golf Championship, and at 7,562 yards there is no surprise that the list of champions includes big-hitters like the last two winners Rory McIlroy and JB Holmes.
A feature of the course is the final three holes which are collectively called The Green Mile and, if you’re playing in running, it’s worth noting that they players averagely play the 3-holes in around one-over par.
Both McIlroy and Holmes topped the driving distance stats when they won, whilst those who can drive it far and scramble well have fared especially well here the last two year.
It’s no surprise that McIlroy heads the betting, as he’s the best player in the field, and has won here twice, however he’s yet to defend any title he’s won – and 9/2 doesn’t interest me.
Therefore I’m putting-up 4 big-hitters who have already shown varying degrees of course form.
JB Holmes 1 point each-way @ 28/1 (Betvictor, Boylesports) ¼ odds 5 places
The winner two years ago, Holmes will always enjoy generous fairways, and is a more than useful scrambler. He’s also been in excellent form for most of the season, and followed his confidence-boosting fourth at the Masters with another top-15 finish last time out.
Tony Finau 1 point each-way @ 80/1 (Stan James) ¼ odds 6 places
The bookies seem to have taken a view that Finau’s breakthrough victory a few weeks ago is him done for the season, but after a few weeks of celebrations he is fancied to bounce back at a venue where he finished 16th on debut last year, as his power-hitting is right up there with the best of them.
Lucas Glover 0.5 points each-way @ 125/1 (Paddy Power) 7 places 1/5 odds
He may be the most miserable looking professional golfer on the planet, but Glover is an exceptional ball-striker who won this title in 2011. He’s also finished second and four here and, after four consecutive made cuts, he may just find enough confidence to contend once more.
Luke List 0.5 points each-way @ 200/1 (Betfred) ¼ odds 6 places
Having tipped-up List at 100/1 last week, I’m amazed that a missed-cut there has seen his price for this week’s event double to 200/1. Nobody hits it further than List, and he was 16th on his only appearance here in 2013, and looks worth including again.
There’s no relative course form at this year’s Trophee Hassan, so my token selection is Paul Dunne. The youngster, who played very well in a couple of PGA Tour events earlier in the year, is expected to hit the leaderboard soon.