PGA Wells Fargo Championship Golf Betting Info
Quail Hollow was tamed a little bit last season. The course has been one of the most difficult par 72′s on the PGA for about a decade now, but last year, for the first time, it averaged under par (just). This is one of those immensely tough courses where anything off line is simply going to be punished. That makes accuracy off the tee a premium, because the fairways are very hard to hit, with less than 50% of fairways being found at last year’s event. So players are going to have to be at their accurate best, even if it means a bit of a sacrifice in distance. Other important qualities are going to be scrambling, because invariably, everyone on the course is going to get into trouble at some point, and the final quality is putting distance, as that will come into play. Players can’t afford to take three putts at Quail Hollow and expect to be near the top of the leaderboard, not with all the other challenges going on.
PGA Wells Fargo Championship Golf Betting Defending Champion
There is a big field out of 2012, but it was a relative underdog Lucas Glover who came up big last year. He is trading at a price of 100/1 with Bet365 at the moment, which just about sums up his chances. Really shouldn’t be much of a threat, not looking at his stats. He has only made three cuts of the five events he has started and hasn’t had a top twenty five finish this year. His win at Quail Hollow last year was the third Tour title of his career, but wouldn’t expect him to come too close to a fourth this week. Too big of a quality field, not enough form in his game.
PGA Wells Fargo Championship Golf Betting Favourite
Little surprise that Rory McIlroy goes off as favourite. He does wherever he plays. He saw Luke Donald (who is not here) wrestle back the World Number One spot last week, so extra incentive for McIlroy here this week. The young Northern Ireland star has said that he is trying to avoid burnout for the season, especially with the defence of his US Open title coming up in around six weeks time. Still, is in incredible form this season again, with three top ten finishes out of four starts on the PGA Tour. He picked up a win at the Honda Classic, a second at the WGC Accenture Match Play and a third at the WGC Cadillac. Didn’t deliver at The Masters though, where he landed just his second finish in the last thirteen starts worldwide outside of the top five. McIlroy knows Quail Hollow well, and owns the course record of 62. Expect a good week from him. Rory McIlroy is 8/1 at Bet365.
A class field lining up to try and take down Rory McIlroy. Closest on the list is Tiger Woods, who is back in action for the first time since The Masters. Woods bombed at the Major, it has to be said, so there is that air of unpredictability about him. He has put in some great rounds of golf, but also has put in some less than impressive ones too. Was a winner at Quail Hollow back in 2007, and has a decent standing in his outings here. He has four top eleven finishes in five starts at Quail Hollow. Still, Woods leads the PGA Tour in adjusted scoring and has been pretty good with the putter. If he can get four consistent rounds in, then he could be a contender.
Big Phil Mickelson is also appearing for the first time since The Masters. He went very well at Augusta, earning a T3, which was his fourth top five of the season. By and large, like what we have seen from Mickelson this season and he has been producing the goods. Probably a better option that Woods at the moment, and Mickelson has never missed a cut at Quail Hollow. He has the iron work needed to get on the difficult greens and standing at third in Strokes Gained Putting for the season, and second in bogey avoidance, he has the game to seal the deal here and makes for a very strong option. Just needs his putter to work.
Probably going to be worth a look at veteran Jim Furyk for an option here because he is going very well this season. Maybe just a slight question over whether or not he has the stamina to finish things off, but in good enough form to contend. Furyk has four top eleven finishes in his last four starts no the PGA Tour and he also has course history here, being a winner back in 2006. The one big stat which will keep him in contention at Quail Hollow will be the one which shows that he leads the PGA in fairways hits. A vital aspect of the approach to the game at Quail Hollow. Going well with steady momentum at the moment.
Hunter Mahan has to make for a sensible option as well. Mahan is leading the FedExCup race at the moment after a very solid season. Has been inside the top twenty two at Quail Hollow since 2007 and the thing about Mahan at the moment, is that he is the only multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season. Hasn’t been out since the Masters and makes a good bet here, because he is at his consistent best, with a winning edge to add that extra gloss. Lee Westwood is also playing well at the moment. He has an awful record at Quail Hollow though, so it is a toss of a coin on the Englishman Playing some top gold at the moment, but because of course history is an outside shot.
Best Outside BetThere is a hugely competitive field on display for the Wells Fargo Championship, and we are going to go with Keegan Bradley as the outside shot. His game just fits well with Quail Hollow, but he did miss his first cut of the season last week. But he is the PGA Tour leader in the all-around ranking and prior to his New Orleans slip up last week, had been inside the top thirty in all ten outings this season. Expect him to step up and be competitive
Latest PGA Wells Fargo Championship Golf Betting Prices at Bet365
Rory McIlroy 8/1, Tiger Woods 9/1, Phil Mickelson 11/1, Lee Westwood 14/1, Hunter Mahan 18/1, Jim Furyk 22/1, Zach Johnson 33/1, Webb Simpson 35/1, Keegan Bradley 35/1, Bo Van Pelt 40/1, Bill Haas 40/1, Rickie Fowler 50/1, Jason Day 50/1, Cameron Tringale 50/1, Nick Watney 50/1
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