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 George Cobb design and attempt to knock off defending champion, J.B. Holmes 11 of the top-25 players in the World Golf Rankings will be in this week’s field including World No. 1 and 2010 champion, Rory McIlroy. The 18-hole record belongs to Rory McIlroy (2010) and Brendon de Jonge (2014) with a 62. The 72-hole record belongs to the phantom known as Anthony Kim with a 272 in 2008.
Dates: May 14-17 2015
Course: Quail Hollow Club
Stats: Par 72, 7,442 yards
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel-3-7 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel-3-7 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel -1-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel -1-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
Purse: $6.9 million total purse, $1.242 million winners share
Wells Fargo Championship Green Mile Breakdown
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.Making par in four rounds here will gain a stroke or two on the field.
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. To say this hole is challenging is an understatement since wind direction and tee box combinations will ensure they do not see the same hole twice.
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 nerves of steel and precise 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. 18 at Quail Hollow deserves to rank as one of the toughest holes on tour. Players will know they tackled the “Green Mile” at the end of each round and you can expect the Wells Fargo Championship to hinge on the closing stretch.
Wells Fargo Championship Top Picks
A full field will be at the Quail Hollow Club this week for the event. Who is the most likely to win this week at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship? Attempting to pick a winner out of a full field event is a lot like a needle in a haystack. It’s time to get to the predictions and picks for the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club.
|Rory McIlroy||McIlroy, winner of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play, returns to the location of his first PGA Tour title. Of late he also finished tied for 8th at the Players, 4th at the Masters He has fared quite well here with three other top-10 finishes at Quail Hollow, including a playoff defeat in 2012. He is on form and ready to fire at a course where he already shot 62 previously.|
|Phil Mickelson||What can you say, Phil has not exactly been “on form” in 2015. He did finish tied for 2nd at the Masters two back and here he is more a “horse for the course” pick than anything. In 11 lifetime starts at the Quail Hollow Club, Mickelson has finished in the top-12 nine times including recent memory finishes of 3rd in 2013, 2nd in 2010, and a 5th in 2009. It is a gut feeling here that he could finally break through.|
|Bill Haas||While he might not be the sheik or hot name, he has been playing a bit better of late. He enters off a tie for 4th at the Players, finished tied for 7th at the Cadillac and won the Humana Challenge. He was 4th here in 2011 and in 2006 as the Wachovia. If he gets the flat stick rolling he can factor.|