A golden summer of golf kicks off this week with the return to Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship. This tournament was held at Eagle Point Golf Club last year while the traditional venue played host to the PGA Championship.
The President of Quail Hollow stated in an interview last week that the course has reverted back to the 2016 design.
Last year for the PGA, they dug up a lot of the greens & fairways and installed Bermuda Grass. This grass now lies dormant.
They are also reverting back to a Par 72 (Par 71 for the PGA Champ). Greens will be slower & softer than last year too.
Back to the 2016 Design + Softer/Slower Greens = One Man
Nap of the Week: Rory McIlroy – 13/2
It looks like most bookies are pricing this event with a large weighting towards the 2017 PGA at Quail Hollow
Yes, the course is still Quail Hollow, but last year the winning score was -8, and the course played the toughest it is ever going to play.
Just look at the previous winning scores here:
2016: -9 (Keep reading, trust me)
2015: -21 (Rory won by 7, including a course record 61)
2013: -8 (Weather was brutal that year)
2012: -14 (Rory beaten in a playoff by Rickie Fowler)
2010: -15 (Rory won by 4 after a final round 62)
He is 66 under par here since 2010 with a scoring average of 69.5!
In 2016 Rory said of the course: “There’s just certain golf courses that you can see the shot you want to hit. You don’t have to try to visualize a shot. It’s right there. And that’s the way Quail Hollow has always been for me. I’ve always enjoyed it. I’ve always felt comfortable. There’s certain golf courses you get out on and you feel like you have to play really bad not to shoot something under par.”
Hopefully I’ve made a strong case for McIlroy this week, and hopefully he laps the field.
Joaquin Niemann – 100/1
If anyone is looking for one at a bigger price – Honourable mention goes to Joaquin Niemann and Sam Burns.
Niemann is going to be a star, might not be many more chances to get on him at 100/1 or better.
Sam Burns – 100/1
Burns is making hay while the Web.Com sun shines, and has beaten Tiger Woods already this year at the Honda Classic. He’s a great ball striker with a fearless attitude, and can go well at three-figure odds.