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This week the tour heads to the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship. The players will be navigating the 7,442 yard, par 72 George Cobb design and attempt to knock off defending champion, Derek Ernst. This week’s field brings 10 of the top-30 players in the world all vying for the title. 2010 champion Rory McIlroy is in the field along with 2012 champion Rickie Fowler. Add Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els and you have a tournament made for excitement.
What makes the Quail Hollow Club a challenging track for the best players in the world? The closing holes are some of the most demanding on the PGA Tour. The “Green Mile” is the affectionate name given to holes 16-18 at Quail Hollow Club, an area of the course that will most definitely decide the champion. The 16th hole is a par-4 that measures 478 yards. As if the length is not enough, the players will have to ensure they avoid the fairway bunker that would otherwise limit any chance for far if found. Players will be faced with either a long to mid-iron into one of the most challenging greens at Quail Hollow. Welcome to the “Green Mile, “only two holes to go. Par at 16 will be a welcome score regardless of the conditions.
The 17th hole is a 198 yard par-3 considered the signature hole at Quail Hollow Club. The green juts out into the water creating a shot that must carry 195 yards to find dry land. A unique factor at 17 is the five different tee box options that can be used. The par-4, 478 yard finishing hole is annually regarded as one of the most challenging holes on tour. The tee shot at 18 requires premium placement with a fairway bunker right and a creek down the left side just waiting to gather errant shots. The uphill second shot requires an iron into a deep and sloped green protected by hazards on both the left and right side. How can you watch this unfold?
Thursday-Friday: Golf Channel-3-7 PM EST
Saturday Mat 3rd: Golf Channel -1-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
Sunday May 4th: Golf Channel -1-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
$6.9 million total purse, $1.242 million winners share
Now that you have some background, who is going to win this year’s edition of the Wells Fargo Championship? Will it be a former champion like Rory McIlroy or Rickie Fowler? Could it be one of the up and coming players on tour? Can a Monday qualifier break through? In a full field event it is always hard to say but I present my predictions and picks for my top-2 choices this week at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Win Candidate: Webb Simpson
In 11 events this year Webb Simpson has six top-25s, five top-10s, a third place finish and a win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He is a local and finished fourth here in 2012. He is a former major champion who is having a very solid 2014 campaign although admittedly he has been struggling in his last couple of events. The time off since the Masters should help to right the ship.
As I already discussed, he is bringing some quality stats with him to this week’s event. Webb is six in all-around, 12th in sand save percentage, fourth in birdie average and eighth in strokes gained putting which are nice stats with direct benefits at Quail Hollow. If Webb can mirror his putting performance from 2012 at this event (5th at 1.673) it would sure help his chances. A win by the local boy should not be out of the question.
Win Pick: Lee Westwood
On the PGA Tour in 2014, Lee Westwood has played in 10 events making eight cuts. Of those eight cuts, Lee has finished in the top-25 three times and in the top-10 once. That top-10 was in his last PGA Tour event, a seventh place finish at the Masters. Over his last three worldwide starts, Westwood finished 17th at the Shell Houston Open, seventh at the Masters and won the Malaysian Open.At Quail Hollow, Westwood finished tied for fourth in 2013 and tied for fifth in 2012. He likes North Carolina and the Wells Fargo Championship.
At 41 years old, Lee Westwood just knows how to get it done. His win at the Malaysian Open last week ended a two year drought for Westwood and he did it in impressive style. He led gate to wire culminating in a seven stroke victory. More importantly his short game was solid and he rolled the ball very well on some challenging greens. If he can continue that type of play on a course like Quail Hollow, that he knows well, he should be in line to win again on the PGA Tour as well. I am picking Lee Westwood in a bit of a shocker this week at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Who will win the 2014 Wells Fargo Championship?
- Lee Westwood (42%, 10 Votes)
- Webb Simpson (38%, 9 Votes)
- Other (Please Leave Comment) (21%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 24