The 2019 Wells Fargo Championship Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship? Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th of May 2019

Where is the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship? Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship? $7,900,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship? https://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/2559231?_ga=2.244566796.808550932.1556533242-564987092.1549296658

What is the course yardage at the Quail Hollow Club? 7,554 yards

What is the par at Quail Hollow Club? 71

What is the course information for Quail Hollow Club? A recurrent top ten among the PGA Tour’s hardest courses, Quail Hollow hosts its second Wells Fargo edition since a year off to host the 2017 PGA Championship. The course ranked as the fifth toughest on tour last season, in advance of two major venues (Augusta National and Bellerive). The famous closing stretch – holes, 16, 17 and 18 – dubbed the “Green Mile”, is one of the toughest stretches on the rota and makes for an exciting finish

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship? Partly cloudy throughout all tournament days with showers expected later during round three, which could affect the leaders. Low winds through the week with temperatures consistently around 23c

THE HISTORY

The 2017 edition was held Eagle Point Golf Club to cater for the PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy holds the tournament record for lowest winning total and largest winning margin in 2015 around a course where he also won his first PGA Tour event. Although Quail Hollow is one of the toughest courses on tour, scoring has still been relatively low with an average total of 13 under par in the past ten editions. Only twice in tournament history has the winning score been in single digits (2013 & 2016). There have been four playoffs since 2009.

THE FAVOURITES

2017 data was not used in the analysis with the focus being on recent tournament history around Quail Hollow only.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy returns after his disappointment at last month’s Masters and will be looking to bounce back into the form he has impressively shown this year around a course which has yielded much success. The Northern Irishman’s two victories here have been won by a total of ten strokes over his nearest competitors while beating the tournament winning record by five strokes in 2015, suggesting this is a course that fits the two-time champions eye as much as any in world golf. In many respects he is the man to beat this season, and with an average finish of seventh from his past four starts here, he really is the favourite.

Rickie Fowler

The 2012 winner heads to a course that has returned considerable success having finished tied fourth here in 2016 and tied fifth in the 2017 PGA Championship. He heads to Quail Hallow off the back of another top ten finish in a major and is producing consistent results week in week out with no missed cuts so far this season. The five-time PGA Tour winner will be wanting to add more victories to his name, especially with the type of form he is in, and will be expecting to be in contention come Sunday afternoon.

Justin Rose

The Englishman makes his first start since disappointingly missing the cut at Augusta last month. He makes his first start in this tournament since 2016 when he finished third which came after a fifth-place finish in 2014, suggesting this is a course the world number two feels he can win around. Rose headed to the Masters with back-to-back top ten finishes, signifying his game is in good shape, and he’ll be hoping to bounce straight back by putting himself in position to pick up his second win of the season.

THE OUTSIDERS

Gary Woodland

The American has become a staple on the PGA Tour in recent years, consistently ranked inside the world’s top 50 with a game that can compete around any course. Three top 25 finishes here between 2014 and 2016, which include a tied fourth, suggests this golf course suits his big-hitting game – a performance statistic that many previous winners have been known for. With six top tens already recorded this season and ranked sixth SG: off-the-tee, Woodland has a great chance of being in the hunt this week.

Tony Finau

The big-hitting American heads to Charlotte having come so close to claiming the Masters last month, something that will only serve him well in the future. It is remarkable that the American has only recorded one PGA Tour victory to date, given his numerous close calls and impressive all-round game. Finau has finished no worse than 28th from his last three starts here and with the course suited to strong drivers of the golf ball, this is a layout that he could contend around.