This week the PGA 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. What remains to be seen is whether this year’s edition of the Wells Fargo Championship can match the drama that unfolded in recent memory, excluding last years dominance of Rory McIlroy.
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 18-hole record belongs to Rory McIlroy (2015) with a 61.
Dates: May 5-8 2016
Course: Quail Hollow Club
Stats: Par 72, 7,442 yards
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel-4-7 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel-4-7 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: $7.3 million total purse, $1.314 million winners share
2016 Wells Fargo Championship Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | Green Mile Three Holes To Watch
Hole No. 16 – Par 4, 478 Yards
The 16th hole is a 478 yard par-4 which will require the players to avoid a perfectly placed fairway bunker on the right side. Careful attention will be required when hitting a mid-iron into the most arduous putting surface on the course. Making par in four rounds here will gain a stroke or two on the field. Even if players keep focus through the beginning of the Green Mile, they better not let their guard down.
Hole No. 17 – Par 3, 198 Yards
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 wheels can come off right here.
Hole No. 18 – Par 4, 478 Yards
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. Players will know they tacked the “Green Mile” at the end of each round and you can expect the Wells Fargo Championship to hinge on the closing stretch.
2016 Wells Fargo Championship Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | Green Mile Selections
Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch on Sunday at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship. Two players will seem more logical than the other but I am adding a player that just might surprise, basically a sleeper for success at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship Predictions, Picks, Sleeper | Green Mile
|Phil Mickelson||He does have back to back starts with missed cuts but also comes with three top-5s this year. He is more a “horse for the course” pick than anything. In 12 lifetime starts at the Quail Hollow Club, Mickelson has finished in the top-12 10 times including recent memory finishes of tied for 4th last year, 3rd in 2013, 2nd in 2010, and a 5th in 2009. It is a gut feeling here that he could finally break through.|
|Rory McIlroy||McIlroy, is having a solid 2016 to date with two top-5s in WGC events and a top-10 at the Masters. He has fared quite well here with three other top-10 finishes at Quail Hollow, including a playoff defeat in 2012. Lets not forget the demolishing of the field en route to seven shot win last year. and another score in 2010. He is on form and ready to fire at a course where he already shot 62 and 61 previously.|
|Patrick Rodgers||When can you say. He is not a household name but he seems to like the track. He has one previous start at the Wells Fargo and finished second to the insane McIlroy win last year. He was not on form leading up to that event last year but seemed to find a course that fit his eye and game. They year he scored three top-10s at the beginning of the season and a couple of top-25s a few weeks ago. He might not be lighting it up but e is back where he excelled and could set it down for another solid week.|