Brendon de Jonge: Many of you will probably wonder where this pick came from but there is method to the madness. The man lives on Charlotte and has logged a ton of round over the Quail Hollow track. He knows the course and its subtle curves. He has six top-25s and 3 top-10s this season as well as a fourth place finish in this tournament in 2010. He has two top-10s and three top-25s in his last four events. He is 13th in greens in regulation, 16th in total driving, 18th in all-around and third on tour in total birides. A sleeper but has a shot this week.
Rickie Fowler: While I picked Rickie to win last week it was a bit of a reach but this week he returns to site of his only tour victory. The defending champion knows how to get around Quail Hollow and should be in the mix again. Last week a second round 73 derailed his chances but his opening 67 and closing 68 show he is not far off. He is 20th in driving accuracy, 10th in sand saves, 12th in the all-around, 11th on tour putting from 15-20 feet and 19th in total putting. The bright clothed assassin has a nice chance of repeating this weekend.
Rory McIlroy: Sure he has not has the season everyone was predicting but it has not been as bad as it is being reported. In sic events he has three top-25s, two top-10s and a second place finish. He is rested and ready to go. He lost a payoff here in 2012 and won the event in 2010 so he is familiar with what needs to be done at Quail Hollow. He is fourth on tour in driving distance, eighth in birdie average, 15th in greens in regulation and seventh in par breakers. He will break through in 2013 and the Wells Fargo Championship just might be the place.
Webb Simpson: In 11 events this year Webb has seven top-25s, three top-10s and a second place finish in his last start at the RBC Heritage. His career at the Wells Fargo Championship consists of a fourth in 2012, a tie for 21st in 2011. He has been improving with each trip to Quail Hollow. Webb is 17th in scoring, 11th in scrambling, ninth in par-4 performance, 29th in total putting and when he misses the fairway he is third on tour in greens in regulation. Mr. Simpson is man with a great shot to win this week.
D.A. Points: In 2013 he has only made the cut in six of the 13 events he has played in. At face value that seems scary but last week he finished a strong second at the Zurich Classic and four weeks ago won the Shell Houston Open. He has made the cut over his last five events and appears poised for another strong week. He finished second here last year, losing to Rickie Fowler in a playoff, so he knows what it takes to get to the top here. It might be a stretch but DA has a chance to take it home this week in Charlotte. He is a contender.
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