The PGA Championship is just a few weeks away, and the best players in the world must have had some tough tracks on their plate. The Copperhead field in Innisbrook, Florida, gave players everything they could handle in the Valspar Championship. The PGA Tour then heads to the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina, which means it's time for the Wells Fargo Championship courses.
Quail Hollow is par - 71, which extends for 7.521 yards. Just as Copperhead has "Snake Pit" as their closing vents, Quail Hollow has "The Green Mile" which is par-3 sandwiched between a pair of par-4. This course also hosted the PGA Championship in 2017 and will host the Presidents' Cup in 2022. Like many other 2020 events, this tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As always, you can tune in to The Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday from 2:00 PM ET to 6:11 PM ET. Action moves to CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM ET for the rest of the round.
Wells Fargo Championship Odds - Favorites
Jon Rahm (+1100)
Rahm has been retired since the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he and Ryan Palmer finished seventh as title defender. He previously graduated from the T-5 at the Masters. Rahm finished T-63 here at the PGA Championship in 2017, he saw the Quail Hollow for the first time. He is now a much, much better player as Rahm is in third place in the world rankings.
Justin Thomas (+1,100)
Thomas is one place ahead of Rahm in the 2nd place ranking with a T-13 finish at the Valspar Championship. He also won the PGA Championship here in 2017 and then became T-21 here in that event in 2018, so Thomas has had some success on this tough course. Thomas is also one place ahead of Rahm in SG: Tee to Green, finishing third, but is a much better putter (92 n / a in SG: Introduction to 119 th for Rahm).
Bryson DeChambeau (+1,400)DeChambeau is leading the Tour in SG: Tee to Green, mainly thanks to his # 1st place in SG: Off T-shirt. He finished fourth here in 2018 but now DeChambeau is the No. 5 player in the world and with him high expectations. He's been gone since the Masters, so DeChambeau is definitely rested.
Wells Fargo Masterclasses - Competitors
Rory McIlroy (+1,800)
McIlroy exploded in the spotlight at Quail Hollow in 2010, shooting for the final round of 64 to win the event. He then won a record seven strokes in 2015 and finished the T-22 for the 2017 PGA Championship. He is now a completely different player, ranked 20 th in the world, but McIlroy has such high expectations it is what could be considered "falling". Even so, his track record here makes McIlroy a threat. But he has to hit better (181 th in SG: Putting).
Xander Schauffele (+1 800)Schauffele is consistent, to say the least. Since last year's Tour Championship, when he had the lowest par - 72, Schauffele has achieved 14 starts and ends out of the top 20 twice with seven fives. His stats are great, ranking 62 st or better in all shots scored categories. However, Schauffele, the fourth player in the world, has to bring it all together.
Viktor Hovland (+ 2000)
Hovland moved to 14 th in the world rankings after the T-3 at the Valspar Championship. He's great off the tee and his irons are fantastic, but Hovland has trouble short play, ranked 91 st in SG: Around The Green and 78 th at SG: Putting. If his flat bar works, Hovland is a threat, but it gets cold at times, especially on Sundays (91 st in the fourth round).
Wells Fargo Championship Courses - Longshots
Max Homa (+ 3300)Homa is the defending champion and comes down from the T -6 at Copperhead. He could go down low as round 63 fueled Homa to victory here in 2019. Homa has been very good this season, winning the Genesis Invitational and fielding six T-22 starts or better. He failed to win the Augusta National and The Players Championship (which Thomas won), two very difficult (and different routes).
Abraham Ancer (+ 4000)
Ancer missed a cut here in 2018 but comes to the event by playing steadily in golf. He finished between the T-26 and the solo fifth in each of his last seven starts, with that solo fifth making an appearance at Copperhead. Ancer is second on the PGA Tour in handling accuracy, but has issues short-playing (107 th at SG: Around The Green and 64 th in SG: Putting).
Keegan Bradley (+ 6600)
Bradley climbed to the top of the 75 after finishing second behind Sam Burns at the Valspar Championship. It was his fifth consecutive finish in the top 33, but he goes where he missed the 2019 cut and made the cut but didn't finish 2018. Finished T-33 at the PGA Championship in 2017. Bradley is 40 th at SG: Off The Tee, seventh at SG: Approach The Green, and 26 st in SG: Around The Green. However, he is 181 st in SG: Putting it cost him to win at Copperhead.