Wells Fargo Championship Golf Picks & Tips
We head to Quail Hollow this week off last weeks shoot out won by the talented Noh who beat off a host of players looking for a first time win on the PGA Tour. Keegan Bradley continued to show good form till the business end of matters when his game fell apart. Our bets were a list off the mark with our best placer let down by a slow start before kicking into gear.
The Quail Hollow Club hosts again so their is plenty form to go but their has been some changes. The course will host the 2015 PGA Championships so its of interest to the major hunters. Their has been a number of changes to the course layout but the most important change is the grass of the greens. Last year a number of greens had issues and hopefully that will be resolved by this change. Bermuda Grass has replaced the horrible Brentgrass of prior years. Last year we saw a big outsider win can the change of greens and a major on the horizon for the venue ensure it gets a top class winner.
A good driver will do well here, conditions and the new yardage means distance off the tee will be just as important this year. Based on the pointers also look to GIR and Scrambling as important stats here. Of course with the change in greens the putting success should be more predictable this week. As such form in Florida could prove as useful as form on the course with the change. The difficult final three holes make this a very testing run in and come Sunday nothing will be done till the final ball as been putted in all likelihood.
McIlroy is heading the field here the venue of his maiden PGA Tour win, we also have Mickelson looking to get back to the best with his game at a course he has a good few top 10s on. McIlroy is going be popular with some but I still have enough questions and maybe at 10/1 he would have been an option at 15/2 I will leave him be and might lay him low if he starts well. Mickelson continues to have issues with his driver and he really hasn’t been the force he was last year. Zach Johnson is popular too but his lack of length will really hold him back here.
Paddy Power and Betfair sportsbook go 6 places again this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. I go with 5 mains picks this week but also two small bets on three figure men and a saver on Blixt.
Wells Fargo Championship Picks:
Chris Kirk 80/1 william hill – Has come up a few times for me as a pick. Both his tour wins have come on Bermuda greens. Having a really strong season and his oron and putter play are very strong. Not far off a Ryder Cup spot on current season form.
Brian Harman 100/1 betvictor – was 7th at the Heritage catching the eye of many. Four top 10s already this season show such strong form as he was also a top 10 here last year. I expected about 70/1 on Harman so to get three figures was a surprise.
Jason Kokrak 66/1 Betfred – Seeking his maiden win he already has 8 top 10s this season alone. Good off the tee he scrambles well and only a poor final round cost him a good result here last season.
Jonathan Byrd 125/1 skybet – A fan of the Quail Hollow course. 2nd in 2011 and 9th in 2012 are good form lines for playing well here. He has missed just a cut in his last 5 and could come good this week. Worth small investment at large odds.
Webb Simpson 50/1 betvictor, skybet – Won in the early part of the season, and the kind of high profile player who could win here. Enough form here to suggest he can go well as one of the longer players off the tee. Looks over priced for a player I regard highly.
Gary Woodland 50/1 paddypower, betfair – More than long enough of the tee to go well here and has excellent GIR stats. A notable player who many fancy can advance himself and become a major winner a lot like previous winners here Fowler and Kim.
Ryan Moore 40/1 paddy power- A firm favourite of mine as often under estimated by the market. His 5th and 6th from his last two visits here take the eye. While not very long off tee he can be accurate and his scrambling is amongst the best.
Jones Blixt 50/1 paddypower- Turns out from his 2nd at the Masters. He has a top 10 here from 2012 but missed the cut last year but that could be excused by the poor conditions of the greens that week. Last of my picks and small saver each way on this talented player.