Having finally sloshed away from New Orleans, the PGA Tour rolls into Charlotte, N.C.,
for the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club, where five of the top 10 players in the world ranking are in the field.
Last year Rory McIlroy won for the second time, the only two-time winner in the event’s history, and this will be his first start since The Masters.
Here are five players to watch at Quail Hollow this week:
5. Henrik Stenson: He’s a brilliant ballstriker and that is critical at Quail Hollow, which is likely to play long early in the week due to recent heavy rains. His Quail Hollow record is lousy – three missed cuts in five starts with a best finish of T58 – but we’ll take a swing that things are better this week.
4. Byeong-Hun An: He’s been bouncing all around the world and he has seven top-five finishes in his past 13 stroke-play events. He lost in a playoff at New Orleans on Monday so his roll is continuing.
3. Phil Mickelson: He’s done virtually everything at Quail Hollow but win. In 12 starts, he has a pair of seconds, two thirds, a fourth, two fifths … you get the picture. The par-4 18th hole has tormented Mickelson through the years. If he can tame that hole this could be his year.
2. Patrick Reed: It wasn’t that many years ago that Reed Monday-qualified into this event. He doesn’t have a great record in three starts – no better than T32 – but Reed has four top-10s in his past five starts including a second at the Valero Texas Open, his most recent tournament.
1. McIlroy: Given his track record at this event, two wins, a T2 and two other top-10s in six starts, this place obviously fits him. It’s been a year since he’s won on Tour so there’s no lack of incentive.