Hat-trick hunting McIlroy off to a solid start at Quail Hollow

Dean Simpson
May 4, 2018

The letdown occurred immediately after the season when he didn't make the Presidents Cup team.

The PGA Tour is heading to Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., this week for the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. While he's finished in the top-10 a total of eight times, Phil would love to finally break the curse and come out on top. Even if he does not get to that number, Niemann showed how good he really is and is especially worth a look in keeper leagues. He just won't be doing it on the same course he won it on in 2017.

That put him in position to complete the career Grand Slam at the Masters, and he has four top-10s in four attempts - but none as good of an opportunity as he had this year. However, recent form is an issue as he has made just two cuts in his last five events since his win at the Phoenix Open. He had a tight match against eventual victor Bubba Watson until losing on the 17th hole. "I felt like I was in a good place and this golf course sets up well".

"I grew up watching Tiger", Niemann said.

Fowler is an in-form course victor but it's hard to trust him to deliver as a sports betting pick to win the Wells Fargo Championship outright based on his overall lack of victories.

Day was in contention to win the US PGA Championship at this course a year ago when it all fell apart in the third round on the way to a disappointing ninth-place finish.

Rory McIlroy, a two-time victor at Wells Fargo, was among 10 players at 68.

The course flexed for the major, but this is a private, member-owned club when not hosting PGA Tour events. He's won multiple times at Quail Hollow and has been playing extremely sound golf, both short and long game, thus far this year. The last player to do that was Jack Nicklaus. The previous player to win on the same course where he won a major the previous year was Jack Nicklaus in the 1973 Bing Crosby National Pro-am at Pebble Beach.

The Northern Irishman has had nearly a month to reflect on his latest failure to complete the career slam at Augusta.

Woods is only player to win a major and a PGA Tour event on the same course in the same year. The 2009 U.S. Open champion is 30th in strokes gained: tee to green, 31st in strokes gained: par 4's, and 20th in bogeys avoided.

Romo failed for the second straight year to advance out of 18-hole local qualifying, which began Monday. I have to keep other body parts more limber just because I don't have the rotation that I used to in my lower spine.

One of them is closer to walking away than the other. Its fairways are narrow, its rough can be very long (more on that in just a second) and the greens are firm and fast. Names such Rory, Rickie, and Tiger will steal tons of ownership and attention as people get more excited for golf with the PLAYERS right around the corner. And here's who we got as our top two plays for this week at the Wells... He tied for 32nd at Erin Hills.

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