Wells Fargo Championship, May 14th – 17th, 2015
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte,, N.C.
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,562
Purse: $7.1 million with $1,278,000 to the winner
Defending Champion:J.B. Holmes

Must Know Stuff About Quail Hollow

This is the 13th year in Quail Hollow and what has become a must pencil in for many players eyeing a tilt at the US Open.  At 7,562 yards with tight fairways the ultra exclusive former dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina was 13th most difficult on Tour on 2014 and perennially averages a shot over par with the field.

George Cobb, Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio have all had a hand in making Quail Hollow the test it is today.  Water is in play on the closing stretch dubbed "The Green Mile"

There's no one formula to finding a winner at Quail Hollow.  Short guys like Jim Furyk and David Toms have won here as have long batters like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and J.B. Holmes.  But what all the winners have done is hit the greens in regulation. It's immenesely hard to hit the ball close to the hole at Quail Hollow, the average proximity to the hole clip last year was 41 feet, 7 inches so solid putting is also a must.

2015 Wells Fargo Championship Betting Preview And Tips

Favourite Rory McIlroy 3/1

Just untouchable at 3/1 the bookies fully expect Rors to cruise home this week. So do I. Everything besides his putting were amazing last week and he won here in 2010. Missed the cut in 2011 (equipment problems!!) but has been T2, T8, T10 since. Word is he's getting a putting lesson from Mr. Stockton, so he'll win by a mile!

Doc’s Top Five To Watch

JB Holmes 30/1

With Rory McIlroy at 3/1 and looking for his putting touch, last year’s winner J.B. Holmes will go under the radar this week.  Already a winner in Houston, and with seconds at the WGC Cadillac and Farmers, Holmes will again look to bludgeon Quail Hollow into submission.  Putted wonderfully well last year too and will put up a big defence.  Only worry was the T51 at The Players last week on his first outing since The Masters.

Bill Haas 30/1

Born not far away from here, Bill Haas played well at The Players Championship last week and while he has missed plenty of cuts in his 11 starts he has a T4 in 2006 and a 4th in 2011 to suggest he can contend.  T4 at the Players, T12 in driving accuracy and T6 in greens in regulation. Due a win and in great form.

Ryan Moore 45/1

Missed the cut at The Players but that won’t affect Ryan unduly given his very unique style.  Overall plenty of good things in his game with a T12 at The Masters, 5th at Valspar and T9 at Doral all good paydays.  Has been in the top 20 here at Quail Hollow on his last three visits (2014 T18, 2013 T6, 2012 T5) and fits the theory that good putters always thrive at this event.  Moore is a demon with the flatstick and has featured among the stats leaders in that category six times already this season.

Kevin Kisner 35/1

Super stats and super impressive at The Players, Kisner didn’t capitulate one little bit in the playoff; Fowler was just that hair better on the day.  That T2 was no flash in the pan for Kevin having he also finished second a few weeks back at Hilton Head.  He’s also coming back to a course he played great on in 2014 with a T6 finish.  A win is coming.

Justin Thomas 40/1

The PGA Tour has been an ATM for Justin this year, I make it nine top 25 finishes so far after another T24 at The Players.  A massive batter off the tee. Thomas now needs to probe his way up the leaderboard and in theory this course is perfectly suited to his game.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Rory Sabbatini 80/1
When a guy breaks a run of four missed cuts and pulls a T6 out his back pocket like Sabbo did at The Players you better watch out.  Rory putted the lights out in Sawgrass and comes to Quail Hollow having scored a T8 last year.  Has a best of 3rd in 2011 and T3 in 2007 from his dozen starts here.

Pat Perez 100/1
Top 30’s in his last four starts, Pat is doing everything right tee to green.  Settled for a T17 at The Players where once again his putter went cold after leading both the Fairways Hit and Greens In Regulation categories for the week.  Double P has a T6 to recall at Quail Hollow in 2011, if he gets a few putts this week, he could be a super each way chance.

Lucas Glover 125/1
Always worth a spare quid at Quail Hollow, Glover won in 2011 and came close in ’09 and ’06.  This season has been his usual mixed bag of decent efforts and missed cuts.  But there’s something about a US Open type layout that gets Lucas stoked!

Derek Fathauer 250/1

T17 at The Players last week and the best putter in the field. Overpriced at 250/1
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