We make our first of two scheduled trips to North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship, an event that debuted in 2003 and can be one of the toughest to play down the stretch. We came up short in a team event down in Louisiana, but it’s been back-to-back weeks where we had the runner-up, so we’re not far off from putting money in our pocket.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Rory McIlroy, +650 - After having a disappointing showing at the Masters by his standards, Rory McIlroy should be eager to get back on track and return to the dominating player he’s been these past few months. McIlroy understands this course better than most and has finished no worse than 16th in seven of his eight times making the cut. McIlroy won at Quail Hollow Club in 2010 and 2015, and he was runner-up in 2012. In other worse, McIlroy is averaging a sixth place finish here in his seven times making the cut. Favorite or not, he’s a must play with that history.
Jason Kokrak, +4000 - Jason Kokrak has a brutal history at Quail Hollow Club where he’s missed the cut four times in seven tries. Kokrak has just one top-25 finish at this event. The good news is Kokrak used to call Charlotte home, so he should be used to this course and these conditions, and he’s produced a top-25 finish in six of his last seven events overall. It feels like Kokrak is due for a breakout performance on this course and these odds provide some value.
Justin Rose, +1100 - Justin Rose is in a bit of a funk at the moment, missing the cut twice in his last five events and putting together a +4 at the Masters. You can obviously expect this to change rather quickly based on his form beyond the last month and a half. Rose didn’t have a lot of success at the Wells Fargo Championship previously, but he finished fifth in 2014 and third in 2016, his last two appearances. Rose has said a lot of good things about Quail Hollow Club and feels comfortable on this course. I’d like a little more meat on this bone odds wise, but Rose should have a bounce back performance regardless.
Lucas Glover, +5500 - Lucas Glover and these odds are probably the best value you’re going to get this week. Glover has made the cut in 11 of 15 tries at the Wells Fargo Championship, and that includes a win in 2011 and a runner-up finish in 2009. Glover also has three other top-10 finishes, most recently in 2016. Glover also has top-20 finishes in 12 of his last 15 events overall. Needless to say, Glover is a strong candidate this week when you combine history and current form.
Phil Mickelson, +3000 - Phil Mickelson is coming off his best showing at the Masters since winning Pebble Beach and probably builds on that performance on a course he really enjoys. Mickelson has finished no worse than 35th in 15 career trips at Quail Hollow Club and finished fifth here last year. Mickelson is averaging a finish of 7.75 in his last four appearances at this event. With him constantly pushing the leaderboard, Mickelson has to be considered a top-10 contender this week.