wells fargo championship

The Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina looks a good tournament on paper. It’s boosted by a strong turnout for what is essentially a two week roadtrip before we get into the second major of 2021 – the PGA Championship from Kiawah Island in neighbouring South Carolina.

Wells Fargo Championship: The Tournament

A relatively new feature on the schedule, this tournament was first staged in 2003 when it started out as the Wachovia Championship before taking its current, more famous, name in 2011. It’s lack of history and prestige has meant fairly moderate line-ups in the past – not helped by last year’s cancellation on account of the pandemic – but this year we have an array of talent taking part with the likes of Rahm, Thomas, DeChambeau, McIlroy, Schauffele, Simpson, Finau all in the line-up.

Wells Fargo Championship: The Course

This week the players are at Quail Hollow GC in Charlotte, NC. It’s a par 71, laid out over 7,554 yards. Designed by George Cobb in the early 1960s, it has been updated by Tom Fazio in recent years and has a reputation for being a tough track with the home stretch of holes known as the “Green Mile”. Some decent scoring is still possible, if conditions are good, but don’t expect a birdie-fest!

72-Hole Record

267: Rory McIlroy (2015)

18-Hole Record

61: Rory McIlroy (2015)

Wells Fargo Championship: Past Winners

2019: Max Homa
2018: Jason Day
2017: Brian Harman
2016: James Hahn.

Wells Fargo Championship: The Field

A regulation PGA Tour line-up here this week with 156 players. Jon Rahm ($10) and Justin Thomas ($11) head the market with TopSport.

Wells Fargo Championship: The Weather

It looks to be a dry week, with a minimal chance of rainfall on any of the four days. Temperatures will rise day-by-day to hit the mid-80s by Sunday, and the winds will be light, peaking at around 15mph. All in all, good playing and scoring conditions.

Wells Fargo Championship: Value Bets

These are two value bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.

Will Zalatoris – each-way ($26 with TopSport)
Zalatoris is flagged in my “Players To Follow” list for 2021 and like last week’s winner (Sam Burns) who is also on that sheet, the young Californian is surely destined to land a maiden PGA Tour win anytime soon. And whether you view his second at the Masters as a fluke or a sign of his undoubted talent, there’s more to that one week which underlines his ability. Zalatoris has posted eleven Top 25 finishes in 16 starts this season, including six Top 10s. He has a solid all-round game, with no apparent weaknesses. New recruits to the PGA Tour are now ready-to-win as opposed to taking time to earn their spurs. I see no reason why Zalatoris, despite there being a good field assembled in Charlotte this week, can’t put in another very strong showing.

Max Homa – each-way ($38 with TopSport)
Homa has become a highly dependable performer on tour over the past 12-18 months. The native Californian now has two wins to his name, winning this event when it was last held in 2019, and more recently the Genesis Invitational. His current form is good with a sixth last time out in the Valspar Championship (undone by a 74 on Sunday). But his solid tee-to-green game is now backed up with some killer stats on the greens, making Homa a very accomplished player. I don’t see him waiting too much longer before he wins again and, at a course where he clearly can deliver, Homa should mount a serious challenge to defend his title.

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Martin Laird $201, Rasmus Hojgaard $151, Mark Hubbard $126, Marc Warren $101, Sam Burns $67, Tyrell Hatton $51, Peter Malnati $46, John Catlin $46, Talor Gooch $41, Harold Varner $36, Harris English $34, Robert Macintyre $31, Adri Arnaus $26, Connor Syme $26, Scott Jamieson $24, JB Holmes $21, Seamus Power $21, Dustin Johnson $21

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